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Top10 pubs in Shanghai
2010-09-06 11:04

Comfortable,casual,cozy: the pubs of Shanghai make for a quaffable good time. Whether you ' re looking for a spot to watch the game, want to get in touch with your Irish side or are just  in need of some good suds, pubs are the place to be. Grab a table, sip the frothy brews and cozy up to Shanghai.

1 1931 Cafe Pub

tel: 86 21 6472 5264

Location: 112 Mao Ming South Road ,Huaihai Zhong Lu

Description: In the center of Shanghai's busy bar street, this charmingly tiny pub gives the visitor a feeling of having traveled back in time to colonial Shanghai of circa 1930s, a decadent time when Shanghai was known as Paris of the East. The walls are covered with nostalgic advertisements and photographs. A beautiful gramophone and other 1930s memorabilia of old Shanghai are scattered around. While quiet and empty in the afternoons, the place gets crowded in the evenings. Alcoholic beverages, coffees and tea are professionally made or mixed for your pleasure.

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2 Flanagan's Pub
tel: 86 21 5830 6666 (Hotel)

fax: 86 21 5830 5555 (Hotel)

Location: 899 Dong Fang Road Holiday Inn Pu Dong

Description: Located on the ground floor of the Holiday Inn Pu Dong, this huge establishment quickly became a meeting point for the small local expatriate society, as well as business travelers. Local bands play live each evening. The Star TV sports channel can be viewed on huge TV screens mounted on the wall.

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3 Full House

tel: 86 21 6474 9062

Location: 298 Heng Shan Road French Concession near Wuxing Lu

Shanghai 200031

Description: This little and endearing pub has been around since 1996. A second branch, Full House II, opened several blocks up from the original location on the same street. Besides friendly bartenders, Full House is best known for its long, long Happy Hour.

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4 Full House Pub

tel: 86 21 6473 1181

Location: 4 Hengshan Lu Wulumuqi Nan Lu

Shanghai 200031

Description: Due to its ideal location on The Promenade, the "bar and restaurant mile" on Heng Shan Road, coupled with its reasonable prices, this bar is extremely popular, especially with the locals. Walking 5, a local jazz band, performs here every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday evening.

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5 Luna

tel: 63361717

Location: Lane 181, Taicang Road Building 16

Shanghai 200021

Description: This restaurant, located in the Xintiandi, is a nice place to throw a party. The spacious interiors beckon you and the food is alluring. Try the Mediterranean inspired dishes, lounge at the coffee house while sipping some hot beverage or mingle with others at the bar. The decor makes effective use of woodcarving, jade and artefacts to create a perfect atmosphere for chilling out.
6 O'Malley's Irish Pub

tel: 64744553

fax: 86 21 6466 9358

Location: 42 Tao Jiang Road Between Heng Shan Road and Wu Lu Mu Qi Road

Shanghai 200031

Expert tip:

Perfect for kid's parties and events

Description: This very comfortable pub in a colonial villa is extremely popular with Shanghai's foreign residents (especially with its outdoor garden). Kilkenny and Guinness are on tap, and it's easy to quaff one too many here. The bartenders are tops, but sadly there's no longer any live Irish music. Monday through Saturday 11:30am to 2am, Sunday 10am to 1am.

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7 Pub Park
tel: 86 21 6887 8837

Location: 143 Pudong Avenue

Shanghai 200120

Description: This small all-round entertainment center is located at the edge of Lu Jia Zui's office area. During the day, it functions as a restaurant for quick lunches and comfortable afternoon teas. In the evening, it becomes a bar, popular with mainly local clientele. It features karaoke singing in the main room or upstairs in private rooms. The ground floor is very bright in daytime due to the large windows and the white furniture. In the evening colorful lighting creates a disco like atmosphere (but no dancing). Beverages and food are reasonably priced.

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8 Soho Pub

tel: 33071010

Location:181 Tai Cang Road North Block, House 3, Unit 5

Shanghai 200040
Description: This bar brings to you a taste of England and Americana. The lively, vibrant atmosphere with foot-tapping music set the mood for the night. Soho Pub lets the young crowd eat and drink merrily with promotions like a free beer on the purchase of one. Whether you are here to dance, drink or dine, this place is perfect.

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9 Time Passage

This classic rock joint plays all the favorites, from the Beatles to the Doors to Jimi Hendrix, and has live performances on the weekend. With prices appealing to students and English teachers, this is the place for kicking back and relaxing on Friday night.

tel: 86 21 6240 2588

Location: 183, Lane 1038 Huashan Lu

Shanghai 200050


The Time Passage is a great hangout place, suitable for partying too. Come by with friends and groove to various kinds of numbers, from Jazz to Rock. Expect Troubadurs on Fridays. There, now you have music and drinks-the essentials to get your party started.

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10 Windows Cafe& Pub

tel: 86 21 6247 6468

Location: 1333 Nan Jing West Road bbShanghai Exhibition Center

Description: Somewhat hidden in an alley between the old Russian Exhibition Center and the JC Mandarin Hotel is this tiny cafe bar. Virtually built of glass, it well deserves its name. The main feature is the glasshouse feel of the huge windows and comparatively small interior. The clientele consists mainly of African and local regulars, and the atmosphere is social. The bar does not serve food, but dishes can be ordered from neighboring cafes.

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