For those wanting to feel like they are in one of New York’s five boroughs rather than in the French Concession for a night, this is a great option. After its soft opening at the beginning of 2013, Project Wine has persevered through the summer competition of new wine bar openings and is here to stay, entertain, and indulge expats and locals alike who are looking to stay classy while partaking in the city’s nightlife.
Décor and service
If you fall in the age range where you don’t quite need dentures but you would also like to be able to sit down in your dress without a wardrobe malfunction, then this is the place for you. Project Wine offers up an elegant and relaxed vibe for its wine-goers, with exposed brick and a variety of wine bottles on display that cover the interior.
This Xiangyang North Road stop is a great starting point for a night out on the town as the scene is all about the smooth ambiance. With a completely open façade that allows customers to look out onto the street below as they sit in cozy tables, the wine bar is a very open space for friends to gather or to have a casual date night. The second floor space is much more intimate with large, comfortable couches and tiny tables that look straight out of a hipster Pottery Barn catalog. The space is available for group settings and is free of charge to reserve.
Food and wine
Don’t go to Project Wine for a great meal. But do go for a rather enabling happy hour. With a buy one get one free refill deal, those looking to satisfy their wine craving will be pleased. The deal starts with a Marquis de Castellande Bordeaux at 48RMB per glass. While nothing to write home about, it does the trick, and two glasses hit the spot. The cocktails are also good, with the standard rum and coke coming to 78RMB (for two glasses worth). The wine bar isn’t exclusive in its alcohol offerings either, with a selection of beers including Gallia Paris (38RMB) and La Trappe Blonde (40RMB.) Happy hour deals go from opening until 10pm so be sure to arrive on time to take full advantage of this deal.
Snacks are a bit meager at Project Wine but allow for something to munch on while sipping away on the wine. Pizzas (48-58RMB), salads, and salami platters (158RMB), are some of the better options on the food menu. The wine bar also offers up a 150RMB dinner deal from 7pm-midnight.
While this place is not the spot for those looking for a wild Shanghai night experience, it is a great spot for friends to gather for a casual, comfortable, and classy evening on the town. Open from 5pm until 2am, Project Wine can serve as either your starting point with its bang-for-your-buck happy hour deals or can cap off the night lingering on the patio or cozying up with your date in one of the couches on the second floor. Definitely a recommended spot to check out for those trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of other Xiangyang Bei Lu night spots.
By Charlotte Evans
17-1 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu, Xuhui district ( 襄阳北路17-1号, 近巨鹿路) Tel: (0)21-5497-9519. Hours: 5pm-1:30am daily.
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Charlotte Evans is a contributor to Shanghaiist’s Food Section.
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