Sea of Frothy Hops: Shanghai’s Best Beer Bars

Sea of Frothy Hops: Shanghai’s Best Beer Bars
By Jamie Caldwell ,

Up until a few years ago, Tsingtao was pretty much the only reasonable beer on tap in Shanghai. Now, thanks to many beer aficionados turned bar owners, the city is swimming in a sea of frothy hops imported from beer capitals around the world (we’re looking at you, Belgium). Even a handful of microbreweries have popped up around town, which just goes to show that there’s never been a better time to order a pint of the good stuff in Shanghai.

Boxing Cat Brewery, Fuxing Xilu

1) Boxing Cat Brewery
Microbrewery Boxing Cat always has at least four beers brewing in their giant copper vats at any given time. With three locations and seasonal pours, Boxing Cat is definitely a favorite for the city’s beer drinkers – the bar food from the American South goes down real nice too.

MinhangView In Map
Add: 453 Jinfeng Lu, near Baole Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市金丰路453号
Tel: 021 6221 9661
Opening hours: 17: 00 - 02:00 daily

Fuxing WestView In Map
Add: 82 Fuxing Xi Lu, near Yongfu Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市复兴西路82号
Tel: 021 6431 2091
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 17:00-02:00; Sat & Sun 10:00-02:00

Fuxing East (Sinan Mansions)View In Map
Add: 519 Fuxing Zhong Lu, Central Unit 26 A, near Sinan Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市思南公馆 26A单元, 复兴中路 519-521号
Tel: 021 6426 0360  
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 17:00-02:00; Sat & Sun, 10:00-02:00


2) Kaiba
If it’s rare and expensive Belgian beers you’re after, Kaiba’s two locations have you covered. These neighborhood bars offer more than 65 imported beers (50 of which come straight from Belgium), and their Dingxi Lu location has the best deal on all-you-can-eat mussels every Tuesday. You know what pairs well with moules frites? Belgian beer.

Kangding Lu branchView In Map
Add: 528 Kangding Lu, near Xikang Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市康定路528号,近西康路
Tel: 021 5059 6066
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 16:00-00:30, Fri & Sat 16:00-02:00

Dingxi Lu branchView In Map
Add: 739 Ding Xi Lu, near Yanan Xi Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市定西路739号,近延安西路
Tel: 139 1820 5170
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs, 11:00-00:30; Fri & Sat, 11:00-02:00


3) BeernestView In Map
This intimate watering hole is one of Shanghai’s best-kept secrets and has recently expanded from three seats to an entire room that doubles as a front for Jackie, the beer distributor. A variety of imported beers are on hand (over 60 the last time we checked), and Jackie is always ready with a recommendation – the only problem is the opening hours, which are irregular at best.

Add: 76 Zhaozhou Lu near Xizang Nan Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市肇周路76号
Tel: 138 1650 2260

Paulaner Brauhaus, Fenyang Lu

4) Paulaner Brauhaus 宝莱纳餐厅
Chain bars and restaurants aren’t usually a good thing, but in the case of Paulaner, we’re glad the Germans exported the corporate-owned brewhouse to Shanghai and have built up three locations around town. Paulaner is known for its beers as much as its live music and massive meals of old Bavaria, but all those steins you’ll be knocking back in the beer hall come with a hefty price tag.

French Concession branchView In Map
Add: 150 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Lu, Shanghai
地址 :上海市汾阳路150号,近复兴路
Tel: 021 6474 5700
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-13:00
11:00- 01:00(周日 - 周四) 11:00- 02:00(周五 - 周六)

Lujiazui branchView In Map
Add: 2967 Lujiazui Lu, on the Riverside Promenade, Shanghai
地址 : 上海陆家嘴西路2967号
Tel: 021 6888 3935
Opening hours: Sun- Thu 10:00 – 01:00; Fri - Sat 10:00- 02:00

Xintiandi branchView In Map
Add: No.19-20, North Block Xintiandi, Lane 181 Taicang Lu, near Madang Lu, Shanghai
地址 :上海市卢湾区太仓路181弄新天地广场北里19-20号(近马当路)
Tel: 021 6320 3935
Opening hours: Mon – Fri: 11:00.-02:00; Sat – Sun: 10:00-02:00


Bund Brewery

5) Bund Brewery 外滩啤酒总汇 View In Map
A welcome alternative from the champagne-laden bars and lounges that line the Huangpu River, Bund Brewery is a relaxing pub with beers brewed onsite – and it’s a heck of a lot lighter on the wallet too. Choose from the home-brewed lager, wheat or dark, which have been around since 1998. That’s practically a lifetime in Shanghai.

Add: 11 Hankou Lu, near Sichuan Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市黄浦区汉口路11号
Tel: 021 6321 8447
Opening hours: 11:00-01:00 daily

6) Southern Barbarian
Well-known for serving up some of the city’s best homestyle Yunnan cuisine, Southern Barbarian also has an impressive beer selection. With over 70 varieties at its original location in Puxi and 20 more added to the drink list at its new Pudong restaurant, this may very well be the most extensive beer menu in town. Turns out, beer goes well with fried honeybees and grilled goat cheese.

French Concession branchView In Map
Add: 2/F, Area E, Ju'Roshine Life Art Space, 169 Jinxian Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市卢湾区进贤路169号56食尚谷E区2楼 
Tel: 021 5157 5510
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-22:00; Fri-Sun, 10:00-24:00

Lujiazui branchView In Map
Rm. B1-9, DBS Building, 1318 Lujiazui Huan Lu, near Dongyuan Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市浦东陆家嘴环路1318号星展银行大B1-9
Tel: 021 5015 1520
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-22:00; Fri-Sun, 10:00-24:00


The Beaver

7) The Beaver 海獭酒吧View In Map
Beer selections at dive bars don’t normally wow the masses, but Beaver’s been serving up the cheapest variety of bottled suds in the city for years, and they’ve got the bathroom wallpaper to prove it. Raucous 80s music and a popular foosball table only add to the frathouse ambience - it’s one of the few places you can get away with saying “Brewskis”.

Add: 28 Yueyang Lu, near Dongping Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市岳阳路28号
Tel: 021 6474 3216
Opening hours: Daily, 18:00-02:00


8) Ganlanba 橄榄坝 View In Map
Proving that the Yunnan folk really do know their beer, Ganlanba serves up food from the province’s Dai minority alongside their home-brew Rainforest beer. Denizens of Pudong know all about this Century Park spot, but Puxi dwellers now also have a good reason to head across the river to get their drink on.

1025 Meihua Lu, near Yinxiao Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市梅花路1025号, 近银霄路
Tel: 021 5059 6282
Opening hours: Daily, 09:00-21:30


9) Hofbräuhaus 慕尼黑皇家啤酒馆 View In Map
The Shanghai outlet of Munich’s original beer hall, Hofbräuhaus is a three-story temple dedicated to the worship of beer. With three beers brewed in-house, a menu of German favourites and a view of the Huangpu, this is a definite must for beer drinkers in Pudong.

Add: 309 Jinyan Lu, near Jinxiu Lu, Shanghai
地址 : 上海市锦严路309号, 近锦绣路
Tel: 021 6163 3699
Opening hours: Daily, 11:00-24:00

10) Just Beer
If you’d rather crack open an Australian beer in the comfort of your own home than head out to a bar for a pint, Just Beer’s online store is your best option. Founded by two blokes from Down Under who were tired of downing local grog, orders are by the case for the eight beers they sell to individuals.


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