Pale Ales and Beer Gardens: Shenzhen's Best Breweries and Microbreweries

Pale Ales and Beer Gardens: Shenzhen's Best Breweries and Microbreweries

Hip little microbreweries? In Shenzhen? It seems that the times they are a changing and Shenzhen has started to up its nightlife ante with a little help from a handful of cool new micro and nano breweries. If you still think the only happening nightlife is across the border in Hong Kong, here are some spots for local Shenzhen brews that will prove you wrong.

Bionic Brew View In Map

The small brewery has recently taken Shenzhen by storm, despite a few bumps along the way. The microbrewery recently celebrated its reopening in Shekou after shutting down its original Nanshan location because of a variety of different issues, all having nothing to do with the quality of Bionic and its brews. Bionic's popularity is well deserved as it is possibly the coolest bar in Shenzhen, at least at the moment. Beers range from about 30 to 40 Yuan and are both high volume and delicious. The classic Bionic Pale Ale and the dangerously alcoholic Demon Cider are both definitely worth a try.

Add: Peninsula 2, Jin Shi Ji Road No 1-2, Shekou, Nanshan District
Getting There: Take metro Line 2 (Shekou Line) to Dongjiatou and take exit B

Craft Head Nano Tap HouseView In Map

 A small cozy bar, proud of its New Zealand heritage (the owner is Kiwi), nestled in the back alleys of southern Futian. Craft Head boasts a range of home-brewed and imported brews, as well as a full dinner and bar snacks menu. The New Zealand style cheese rolls go great with a homemade dark brew. Craft Head also brews a fruity cider perfect for the hot summer months in Shenzhen.

Add: Building 161 West Shop Crossing of Huang Gang Gong Yuan 1st Street and Shuiwei 8th Street, Futian District
Getting There: Take subway line 4 (Longhua Line) to Fumin take exit D. The bar is about a fifteen minute walk from the subway through a winding neighborhood. Take a moto-taxi and show them the address the first time you go.

Photo: Julio Morales

Galleon Bar and RestaurantView In Map
Beer is awesome. Pirates are awesome. Beer and pirates together? Yes. Galleon Bar in OCT does both. Of course, you need to go into this bar with a sense of humor. The giant ship even has an animatronic pirate straight of out Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride and there are giant fake sharks mounted on the walls. The bar and restaurant brews two of its own beers: the Rubia Blonde and the Rubia Blanca which are made from German hops. A homemade brew at Galleon will set you back 50 Yuan.

Address: Intercontinental Shenzhen, Shennan Avenue, Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen
Getting There: Take metro Line 1 (Luobao Line) to OCT and take exit C

The Brew HouseView In Map

The Brew House is a small microbrewery nestled inside the Crown Palace Hotel. The bar has a small microbrewery and am impressive collection of imported brews. The home brewed beers include wheat and dark ales and is served in a stone beer mug. The bar also boasts outside seating and a small urban beer garden.

Address: Level 3, 3018 Nanhu Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen
Getting There: Take metro Line 1 (Luobao Line) to Guomao and take exit A

Lowenburg BrauereiView In Map

This Seaworld German eatery also serves fresh brewed German beer. The microbrewery stands out for its beer and its homemade German food, especially its homemade sausages. With an outdoor beer garden and a live Latin band (an interesting choice for a German brewery, but we'll take it!) Lowenburg Brauerei is a low-key place to try homebrewed German and other imported brews.

Address: 6F, Cruise Inn, Sea World, Shekou
Getting There: Take metro Line 2 (Shekou Line) to Sea World

Kingway Beer Gardens

There are actually three offshoots of the Kingway Brewery Beer Gardens in Shenzhen: one in Luohu, one in Futian and one in Bao'an. Kingway Beer Garden is the ultimate local Chinese brewery experience. Of course, Kingway beer is not craft beer by any means but drinkers go to the beer gardens for the barbecue, dice and general party atmosphere rather than the brews.

Luohu View In Map
Add: 1 Buxin Dongchang Lu, Luohu District, Shenzhen
地址:深圳市罗湖区 布心东昌路1号
Getting There: Take metro Line 5 (Huanzhong Line) to Tai'an

FutianView In Map
Address: Shangbu Road, Futian District
Getting There: Take metro Line 1 (Luobao Line) to Science Museum (Kexueguan) and take exit D

Bao'an View In Map
Add: Liu Xian 2nd Road, Bao’an District
Getting There: Take metro Line 5 (Huanzhong Line) to Xingdong and take exit B

Editor's Note: Bionic's Shekou store View In Map was temporary. It's new location is in Nanshan, near OCT.
Add: 112 Shahe Jie, Nanshan District

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Keywords: Microbreweries Shenzhen Craft Beer in Shenzhen


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