Tap House 2: Shanghai craft brew haven Tap House has unveiled a second branch in Zhong Plaza. This sequel is essentially ‘Tap House: The Expansion Pack’ with a bigger space, rooftop terrace, and supposedly Shanghai’s largest selection of draft beers. The lion’s share of beers appear to hail from Rogue, a US-based microbrewery, which is becoming less and less ‘micro,’ as it’s been popping up in nearly all of Shanghai’s American brew pubs and restaurants lately. But Tap House offers one of the more comprehensive selections in town. Go for the hoppy Dead Guy Ale, Rogue’s darling. Their food menu is currently in the rough draft stage, but we’ll keep you posted.
Tap House // 158 Taixing Lu, near Wujiang Lu (泰兴路158号, 近吴江路). Hours: 11am-2am daily. Closest metro stop: Nanjing Xi Lu, line 2.
Hepcat: The latest concept from the helmsmen behind Inferno, Hepcat is a ritzy cocktail lounge whose decor pays homage to Post-WWII US with a jukebox, pop-y 50s ad plaques, pics of James Dean, the whole nine yards. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Another exercise in style-over-substance whose quirky theme ends at the decor, while the bar menu features your standard Shanghai lineup of flat G and Ts, diluted Long Islands, and cork-tainted house wines, right? Fortunately, the offerings fall in line with the atmosphere, entailing original concoctions like the ‘Bettie’ with gin, grenadine, strawberry jam, peach syrup and egg whites and the ‘Knuckle Sandwich’ an uber-boozy speedball of rum, apricot liqueur, baijiu-inflected peach, lime juice, and more. Not all of them hit, but you’re getting your 70-90RMB’s worth.
Hepcat // 2/F, 359 Kangding Lu, near Shanxi Bei Lu (康定路359号, 近陕西北路). Tel: (0)21-5121-3849. Closest metro stop: Changping Road, line 7.
Bagel and smoked meat sandwich: Tired of your favorite Montreal smoked meat coming in a rye cradle? Now you can get it on a bagel with the new ‘bagel and smoked meat sandwich,’ a collaboration by Brian Tock and Christine Asuncion of Spread the Bagel. And not just any bagel but a Montreal-style bagel, which, for all you non-bagel-buffs, is smaller and sweeter than its NY counterpart, and probably the only legit kind outside the Big Apple (this coming from a red-blooded New Yorker). It’s smaller and fluffier nature gives the bold savoriness of the deli meat more breathing room than its burlier NY cousin. Launched this past weekend, the bagelwich will be available at both Tock’s and the Pantry.
Benjamin Cost is Shanghaiist’s Food Editor. Email tips, recommendations, and news updates on Shanghai’s dining scene to [email protected].