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Shanghai Nightlife: Places to Get Good Beer

Once limited to watery Tsingtao, Shanghai’s beer scene is now thriving. Here are ten bars that serve great beers in Shanghai.

By Susie Gordon | Feb 27, 2011

  • Shanghai Nightlife: Places to Get Good Beer
    The BREW at Kerry Parkside
  • Shanghai Nightlife: Places to Get Good Beer


The original Kaiba sits among some great bars and restaurants in the Kangding 528 complex, and serves a huge array of imported beers, many of which are Trappist brews from Belgium.
528 Kangding Lu, near Xikang Lu, 6288 9676
康定路528号, 近西康路


Now with three branches across town, Kelley Lee’s Boxing Cat Breweries are a go-to when it comes to micro-brewery beer. This branch is the most picturesque thanks to its leafy terrace.
82 Fuxing Lu, near Yongfu Lu, 6431 2091
复兴路82号, 近永福路


The newly opened Kerry Parkside hotel in Pudong has an on-site brewery complete with a three-story brew room and plenty of indoor and outdoor space.
Kerry Parkside, 1388 Huamu Lu, near Fangdian Lu, 6169 8888
花木路1388号, 近芳甸路

Shanghai bar THE BREW

The BREW at Kerry Parkside hotel


A Yunnanese restaurant might not be synonymous with beer, but Southern Barbarian has a surprisingly prolific stock.
2/F, Ju'Roshine Life Arts Space, 169 Jinxian Lu, near Maoming Nan Lu, 5157 5510
进贤路169号2楼, 近茂名南路


The original expat bar caters to the appetites of the laowai crew with imported beers on tap.
42 Taojiang Lu, near Wulumuqi Lu, 6474 4533


Classier than its rivals (and pricier), the Paulaner chain serves up its own brew along with imported selections.
150 Fenyang Lu, near Fuxing Lu, 6474 5700
汾阳路150路, 近复兴路

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Ironically, this place is better known for its gastro snacks than its beer, but its homebrews of wheat lager hit the spot.
11 Hankou Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, 6321 8447
汉口路11号, 近中山东一路


A family favorite thanks to its outdoor space and location in the middle of Hongqiao, Papa’s serves a variety of imported beers.
22-24 Hongmei Entertainment Street, Lane 3338 Hongmei Lu, near Yan’an Xi Lu, 6465 8880


Another Hongqiao staple, Bubba’s serves a good selection of beers along with his eponymous barbecue.
2262 Hongqiao Lu, near Jianhe Lu, 6242 2612
虹桥路2262号, 近剑河路


With several locations around town, Blue Frog is a beacon on the expat nightlife scene. The Xujiahui branch pairs quality burgers with beer on tap.
131 Tianyaoqiao Lu, near Xingeng Lu, 3368 6117
天钥桥路131号, 近辛耕路

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