Last Saturday night, Shanghaiist fancied going to this new place we heard of — the bar where you can drink cocktails with Absinthe — called Tara 57. Located on Fuxing Lu, just next to Boona 2, and opposite JZ Club, this “cocktail lounge”, as they call it, is a very small place. And that is actually a good thing — it’s very cozy. Even more (and this is important for us), there is a coat-rack, so you don’t have to keep your coat on your knees while sipping your drink, so you can actually show that, yes, you did dress up tonight, and, no, you are not wearing jeans again. But the coat rack at Tara 57 was ridiculously small (or maybe our coat is ridiculously large?), and it kept falling on us, which spoiled our visit just a little bit.
Anyway, we were there to taste the cocktails, and especially the Absinthe cocktails. But if only the staff was as diligent and organized as the menu was extensive! We had to wait 25 minutes for a Mojito, a Caipinrinha and an Absintherol (which was excellent, by the way). There were only two bartenders and they looked overwhelmed and kept telling us to wait five more minutes while we could see other people being served before us. But hey, they just opened — maybe they need a little more training and/or time. We give them good grades, however, for the ambiance, decoration (a lot of pink … reminds us of the Glamour Bar!), and for the fact that they brought back the “La Fee Verte” to Shanghai.
“After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world.” — Oscar Wilde
Tara 57, 2F, 57 Fuxing Xi Lu, opposite JZ Club, near Yongfu Lu. Tel: 6431 7027. The cocktails will cost you between about 58-78 RMB, glass of wine 48 RMB and beers between 28-48RMB.