Amidst Yongkang Lu’s strip of Parisian-looking side-walk cafes sits the Rooster, a scrunched, two-story bar that reminds you of a country-inn’s tavern, and one of the hot, new discount drinking establishments about town.
Now we’re usually fairly nonplussed when it comes to new bars and their happy hours as often the discount beverages are drinks you wouldn’t be caught sipping behind a dumpster at 4am, or are served in dinky plastic solo cups. Fortunately the Rooster provides for both those who want a respectable beer with a colleague for cheap, and booze-hounds who want to get sloshed before ransacking a nightclub. For casual drinkers, you’ve got Hoegaarden and Heineken beers on draft for 45RMB and 30RMB respectively; slash each by 10 RMB during the happy hour from 5-8pm daily.
And for those for whom picking up a glass to drink sounds too dainty, there’s the “corona bucket,” a pail filled with six coronas worth of beer (150RMB), that you presumably dip your head in hoggy-style and make low-guttural sounds while you glug. Did we mention this is an American bar? Also try the frozen margarita (35RMB/25RMB during happy hour), which is basically like a 7-11 slurpee that got spilled in a margarita (in a good way), and a hot item on Yongkang Lu right now.
Dampen the booze’s blow with their pulled-pork sandwiches (two for 35RMB), lush mounds of pork strands matted with home-made coleslaw, and nestled between hamburger buns. Squirt with BBQ sauce and enjoy.
The Rooster’s only drawback is that the pork sandwich is its only food item. We hope at some point they beef up the menu with some burgers and sandwiches, or even just finger foods like chicken wings. But either way, we’ll be back from time to time for a pint or pail.
The Rooster – 51 Yongkang Lu, near Xiangyang Lu (永康路51号, 近襄阳路).
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Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].