Whether you’re into six packs, 750mls or beers on tap, we’ve compiled a list of Shanghai’s favorite local places to get that drink to quench your thirst. Featuring beer cafés, bars and restaurants, each establishment has something to serve that is all its own. If you think you don’t like beer, you might want to re-consider after reading our beer bible. Use it as a guide to help you select a beer that fits your taste. If you’re a Bordeaux drinker, we have beer for you. If you like your Chardonnay, we have beer for you. If you enjoy bourbon, we also have beer for you. And if you already love beer, then congratulations, you are in beer heaven.
Pioneering craft beer in Shanghai, Kaiba is the longest-running Belgian and craft beer café. With three outlets in Shanghai, you will never go thirsty. To help money conscious connoisseurs and beer lovers, Kaiba holds monthly rotations on breweries, tap takeovers and free tastings, not to mention one of the longest running beer-focused happy hours, nearing 50% off from noon to 9pm on both imported beers from America, New Zealand, Belgium, Holland and local brews from the likes of Jing A and Boxing Cat. Check out their beer list here.
// 479 Wuding Road // 武定路479号
// 739 Dingxi Road // 定西路739号
// 169 Jianguo Zhong Road // 建国中路169号
No better place than Sasha’s beautiful garden to enjoy a cold beer this summer. Sasha’s has installed a state-of-the-art draft beer system and they’ve also put together a range of beers suitable for everyone, from the casual lager lover to the serious hop hunter. Check out their menu and sign up for their newsletter to be informed about any upcoming beer launches and events. Open everyday from 11am until 1:30am.
// 11 Dongping Road // 东平路11号
The Exchange is Lujiazui’s first craft beer bar and features over 20 different craft beers. The bar boasts six different rooms, including a whisky bar, a sports room, a dining room, a private dining room, a lounge, and, of course, a signature craft beer bar. The ambiance of the bar is a throwback to the 1920s; a relaxing speakeasy bar, perfect for business meetings and friendly gatherings. The Exchange now offers happy hour from 4pm until 8pm with buy one get one free offers for designated drinks. Opening hours are from 4pm to 12pm.
// 28286888 // [email protected]
Sofia Pizzeria is dedicated to bringing together the best of Asia’s Master Craft Brewery. Always updating their listing to deliver the finest and newest beers from around Asia, they offer decent prices during happy hour with ¥10 off on all beers everyday from 2pm to 8pm. Their beer brands on offer include Reberg, Master Gao, Mornington and Baird.
// 1124 Beijing West Road // 北京西路 1124号
Shanghai Beer Factory
Established in 2014, Shanghai Beer Factory, affectionately called “SBF” by theirs fans, started brewing and serving their own beers from their store at Shanghai Indoor Stadium. SBF’s unique recipe and stringent brewing technique has been the key to their beers’ success. Not only are they well-liked by guests, but SBF also achieved recognition as the “Best Craft Beer Restaurant” in 2015.
// 3611 Zhangyang Road, Building 7, 124 // 张扬路 3611号, 7号楼, 124
// 1111 Caoxi North Road, Shanghai Indoor Stadium, West Gate // 漕溪北路 1111号, 上海体育馆, 西门
If there is a new, delicious beer coming to Shanghai, rest assured the boys at the Rooster are methodically working to get it on their shelves. They have some of the hottest brands to hit the Shanghai market, including Ballast Point, Founders, Karl Strauss, Little Creatures and even Boxing Cat. During their weekday happy hour from 4-8pm and Saturday from 8-11pm, all beer pints are ¥40, including Boulevard Single-Wide IPA, Little Creatures Pale Ale, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Boxing Cat Contender Extra Pale Ale, and Cider Republic. Every Thursday is also ”Craft Beer Night”, where they showcase new and classic beers for ¥35. Head down to the Rooster on Shanxi Bei Road tonight, and treat yourself to a glass of liquid gold.
// 455 Shaanxi Bei Road // 陕西北路 455号