Shanghai is in the middle of beer revolution that shows no signs of fizzling out. A few years ago there were only a handful of breweries and specialty shops. Today, beer aficionados are spoiled for choice. The beer scene brews wildly on popular bar street Yongyang Road. Revelers drink outside on the sidewalk until 10 p.m. or the police quiet things down to appease the neighbors. Yongkang Road has two specialty beers shops whose friendly staff happily pop open imported bottles for customers who want to join the party on the sidewalk. Shanghai also has a few homegrown breweries. The long-beloved Boxing Cat serves delicious IPAs and seasonal brews in a three-story lane house on Fuxing Road. Another excellent choice is The Brew at the Kerry Hotel in Pudong. While it is a bit of a hike, this lively bar is a primo spot for a sundowner after a long afternoon in nearby Century Park.
Yongkang Road (Yongkang Lu) never disappoints. Shanghai’s cheap and cheerful bar street offers a lot to beer lovers. Choose an imported bottle from Dean’s Bottle Shop or CheersIn to enjoy on the sidewalk party, or cozy up with a draft beer at one of the tables at Tap House. Or take advantage of the discounted Belgian beers during the boisterous happy hour at Le Café des Stagiaires.
Boxing Cat Brewery
Boxing Cat Brewery is the city’s leading microbrewery serving American comfort food with a Southwestern touch (think jalapeno corn bread and pulled pork quesadillas). But Boxing Cat’s biggest ticket is a sensational selection of their own crafted beers—German lagers, British ales, and nouveau American beers.
The Brew is the bar at The Kerry Hotel, a luxury business hotel in between the swanky suburbs and CBD of Pudong district. This modern, airy Australian-designed bar brews its own specialty beers onsite by international beer masters and the kitchen serves topnotch versions of greasy pub favorites. With a nice terrace and nightly live music, this stylish sports bar attracts young families as well as business travelers from the nearby convention center.
Jackie is Shanghai’s premier beer aficionado with a quiet cult following. In 2008 the avid beer lover opened his hole-in-the-wall Beer Nest with just a few seats. Popularity grew, and the little joint has since moved to a slightly larger—but still charmingly seedy—space two doors down.
The Tap House is a popular draft beer bar that just opened a second location with an expansive terrace and handsome décor in Jing’an district. The bar’s owners boast that their new spot has Shanghai’s largest collection of draft beer on tap. With a lot of international offices nearby, it’s already become a prime place for after-work drinks that last long after the sun goes down.