A bar that doubles as a batting cage, a club operating out of a huge mansion in the suburbs, a convenience store that only sells craft beer: these jaunts may seem too unique to exist, but not in Shanghai. A city whose history is rooted in nighttime bacchanalias still delivers evening after evening – and sometimes into the early morning. Tired of the usual gin and tonic from the old prosaic bar down the street? Try these instead.
Daga Brewpub is one of the few places to specialize in craft beers from around China. There are beers from Chengdu, Nanjing, Beijing – you name it. Not all of the brews are great, but staff let you try before you buy, so you can always find something else you like. The space is large, but the vibe is laid-back, and the rooftop is one of the best in Shanghai.