20 of the Happiest of Happy Hours in Shanghai

By That's Shanghai, June 15, 2016

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1. Logan’s Punch

The place: 'China's first punch bar' boasts well-made craft cocktails and punchbowls, sipped alongside a hip crowd of young expats and locals. Note the Neri & Hu industrial chic interiors, and riotous comfort food menu courtesy of BYFO Hot Sauce. 
The deal: RMB30 house beer, RMB40 house wine, RMB50 meat pie with Jameson shot, RMB80 pizza with a glass of beer or wine, RMB70 meat pie with a glass of beer or wine
When: Mon-Fri, 6-9pm

See a listing for Logan’s Punch here

2. Hop Project

The place: Part grilled cheese joint, part beer brewery situated on Yongkong Lu. Join other local beer nerds in a revelation of beer upwards of eight percent and alcohol of other equally impressive endeavors. And to give every smoggy day a silver lining, the Hop Project is offering a special deal on Jing A's Airpocalypse Double IPA every day of the week. Save 20 percent when the AQI is over 100, with the discount rising by an extra 10 percent for every additional 100 points on the AQI scale.
The deal: 20RMB wine, RMB40 draft beer 
When: Sun-Thurs, from 5-8pm. 

See a listing for Hop Project here.

3. District Beer Bar and Kitchen

The place: The Shanghai-typical American bar experience, complete with classic bar eats and of course, beer. They're got eight on tap of the Belgian and American variety. 
The deal: RMB10 off all draft beers
When: Daily, 5-8pm

See a listing for District Beer Bar and Kitchen here.

4. Niche Bar at The Westin Bund Center Shanghai  

The place: An elegant bar space located right on the Bund, perfect for grabbing an after work drink or impressing that special someone.
The deal: 
Enjoy half off of a selection of cocktails, beers, wines and spirits.
Mon-Fri, 5-7pm.

See listing for Niche Bar here

5. KABB Bistro Bar

The place: The perfect combination of a bar and a restaurant…while the food – we're talking the classic steak, pasta and stew repertoire – is delicious, the happy hour ain't half bad, either!
The deal: All standard drinks (beer, house pours, wine) buy-one-get-one-free refill
When: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm.

See listings for KABB Bistro Bar here

6. Hakkasan

The place: This world renowned Cantonese restaurant offers the ultimate luxurious Shanghai dining experience, and their happy hour has garnered a reputation for being one of the finest in town. A good place to be see and be seen over some classy drinks.
The deal:  RMB48 + 15 percent service charge on selected cocktails
When: Weds, 6pm-late. 

See a listing for Hakkasan here.

7. Le Café des Stagiaires

The place: French-owned (and frequented) vibey bar and café with good value drinks, apéritif and digestifs, Le Chouffe beer and plenty of bohemian style. Come for casual drinks and a bite to eat with friends. 
The deal: RMB10 pastis, RMB15 beer, RMB20 wine
When: Everyday, 4-8pm

See a listings Le Café des Stagiaires here

8. The Chalet

The place: Dependable and consistent, with just the right combination of class with good value, there's a reason The Chalet has been open for years. You'll look and feel sophisticated, and your wallet won't get hurt in the process.
The deal: RMB20 drinks
When: Everyday 3-9pm

See a listing for The Chalet here. 

9. Liquid Laundry

The place: A modern space with good design, good food and a happy hour we (and the international crowd it tends to attract) are thrilled about.
The deal: RMB30 house beers, RMB50 house cocktails and house wine
When: Mon-Fri, 4-7pm

See a listing for Liquid Laundry here

10. Blue Frog

The place: Turns out, Blue Frog has more than just burgers and other casual Western fare. It’s a chilled, relaxed kind of place, but they take food and drink seriously. 
The deal: Buy-one-get-one-free refill on all standard drinks (including cocktails).
When: Daily, 4-8pm.

See listings for Blue Frog here

11. Abbey Road

The place: Relaxed and good value are two things that come to mind when we think of this veteran Shanghai bar. Come for the tasty brews and pub grub, stay for the bamboo garden in the shade.
The deal: Special prices on selected drinks before 8pm, RMB28 selected beer and wines Fri-Sat after 10pm, 
When: Daily, before 8pm; Fri-Sat, after 10pm

See a listing for Abbey Road here.

12. Shanghai Brewery

The place: They might be one of Shanghai's longest lasting F&B chains, but you'd be forgiven for thinking you've left China once you cross the thresholds of these popular brewery bars. Great hand-crafted beer (six styles), tasty food with international flavors and big screen live sports in selected locations.
The deal: 30 percent off microbrewed beers
When: Mon-Fri 2-8pm, Weekends 4-8pm

See listings for Shanghai Brewery here

13. Boxing Cat Brewery

The place: A classic fixture in the French Concession that offers all the comforts of home. And by home, we mean the United States. And by comforts, we mean...booze!
The deal: Microbrews, house wines, and house pours for RMB35. Pitchers of beer RMB100.
When: Mon-Thurs 5-8pm, Fri-Sund 3-8pm

See a listing for Boxing Cat Brewery here.

14. Roxie

The place: Slightly off the beaten bush is Roxie on Wuding Lu, where it's ladies' night every night. A popular spot with the lesbian community, this bar has both a dance floor and plenty of tables to chill at, as well as a weekly roster of events.
The deal: buy-one-get-one-free Asahi, white wine, red wine, house pour mixes or shots (whiskey, rum, gin, vodka, tequila)

When: Sun-Thurs, 6-9pm

See a listing for Roxie here. 

15. Chala

The place: Bringing downtown Shanghai a taste of South and Central America is Chala in Jing'an. And by taste, we mean tapas and delicious cocktails. Buen provecho!
The deal: Buy-one-get-one-free drinks. RMB150 free-flow drinks
When: Daily, 4-7pm.

See a listing for Chala here

16. The Rooster

The place: Casual neighborhood bar with cheap drinks and tasty pulled-pork sandwiches. They've also got a killer Wine Wednesday deal going on all year.
The deal: RMB10 off all draft beers, cocktails, bottles and wine. 
When: Mon-Fri, 5-8pm

See listings for The Rooster here

17. Bull & Claw

The place: The Bull & Claw boasts eighteen beers on tap (which are unfortunately exempt from their happy hour, but we'll still drink to that!) Their motto is 'do it right,' and it seems fitting. Have your drinks with a little steak and lobster, their specialities.
The deal: RMB25 house lager, prosecco, red and white wine, gin and tonics.
When: Mon-Fri, 3-7pm

See a listing for The Bull & Claw here

18. The Cut (IAPM)

The place: A far cry from 'the cuts,' The Cut promises to give you the essentials in life: steak, fries, salad and perhaps even more essential – a reasonably priced happy hour. All can be enjoyed on their rooftop terrace in the lavish IAPM mall.
The deal: RMB70 for two drinks, red or white wine or cocktails.
When: Thurs, 5-9pm

See a listing for The Cut here

19. The Shed

The place: A no-frills sports bar offering darts, television and great, cheap drink deals. We daresay half off all drinks is a power move that is going to pay off handsomely, for both the Shed and its happy hour partakers. Note also the RMB2 wing night, which runs every Wednesday starting at 7pm. 
The deal: Half off all drinks
When: Fri, 6-8pm

See a listing for The Shed here. 

20. Morton's

The place: The Morton’s name speaks for itself, conjuring up images of generous portions of steak and seafood. They might not have free-flow filet mignon sandwiches anymore, but the RMB45 drinks offer still stands, and the bar food menu is full of wallet friendly options, including a trio of startlingly large cheeseburger sliders for RMB68.
The deal: Power hour! RMB45 [plus 10 percent service charge] per drink (with five options). They also have tons of bar bites for a reduced price starting at RMB40.
When: Daily, 5-7pm (available on outdoor terrace at IFC location Thurs-Sat)

See listings for Morton's here.

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