Park 91 opened on Dagu Lu about three months ago, bringing what the trendy street was missing: a friendly sports pub equipped with bar games and great happy hours.
At first glance, Park 91 looks like your average sports bar, but cleaner and cozier.
High wooden tables line the bar, along with various games like darts, foosball, pool and shuffleboard.
A projector is hung high next to the bar, and surrounding televisions showing the most recent sports matches. The space is considerably smaller than its counterparts the Shed, the Camel or the Spot, giving off an almost homey feel.
The smiling and genuinely enthusiastic waitresses are a refreshing touch from the apathetic attitudes displayed by most bar fuwuyuan. Owner and bartender Adam [Zhu Yaohui], is also super friendly, not to mention a fantastic foosball player who will gladly accept any challenge.
Food and Drink
The drink menu offers a comprehensive selection: draft beers (Tiger, Guinness and Heineken) along with a variety of bottled beers, a long list of classic cocktails (60-70 RMB), wine (60 RMB a glass or 300 RMB per bottle), liqueurs and spirits (all the basics plus a few surprises), a range of whisky, Bacardi Breezers, juices, teas and soft drinks. Most bases are covered, although wine lovers should note that only house wine is available.
The pub features daily specials, such as half price spirits for ladies night on Wednesdays, a pool tournament on Tuesday and a very happy hour on Saturdays and Sundays, where pints of Tiger draft beer are buy-one-get-one-free from 2-8pm. A pint of draft Tiger is normally 40 RMB, a pretty good deal in our book.
The food menu is also oddly broad, offering pub classics such as chicken wings, fries, pizza and burgers, along with salads, lamb chops, lasagnas, dumplings and ‘chicken rolls’. We do not recommend the pizzas, which range from 78 – 108 RMB for a 12 inch. The chicken wings did the trick but were on the fatty side.
Solid daily opening hours (2pm – 2am) combined with good happy hours and friendly staff make Park 91 a great place to watch a soccer match or have a table soccer match of your own without a huge crowd. Music does not blare and the WiFi is strong, which also makes the spot ideal for getting a bit of work done during the day. We give a thumbs up for the welcoming ambience, although food-wise, the wide variety of competing, neighboring restaurants on Dagu Lu beat Park 91 both in terms of quality and price.
World Cup matches mean extended opening hours along with probably breakfast (and drink) specials.
Park 91 – 433 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Lu, Jing’An district (静安区大沽路433号, 近成都路). Tel: (0)21-6327-3160. Hours: 2pm-2am daily.
See a complete list of our drink reviews here.
By Giulia Sciota
Giulia Sciota is a contributor for the Shanghaiist. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected]