Your Weekly F&B Events in Shanghai Guide is Boozy AF

By Cristina Ng, November 20, 2018

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That's Shanghai takes a look at some of the week's best upcoming F&B events: 

Nov 20: Erik Lorincz Guest Shift at Speak Low

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Slovakian-born, 2011 Bartender of the Year, Erik Lorincz has earned numerous accolades in his career notably leading London's The American Bar at The Savoy to titles including World's Best Hotel Bar and the number one ranking on the 2017 World's 50 Best Bar list. He's created cocktails for Queen Elizabeth II and Cartier, so let him mix one up for you at Speak Low. 

Nov 20, 7-10pm. Speak Low, see event listing

Nov 20: Ago Perrone (Connaught Bar) at The ZUK Bar

Image courtesy of The Sukhothai Shanghai

Joining The Zuk Bar for one evening is Connaught Bar's Master of Mixology, Ago Perrone. The legendary bar has remained on the World's 50 Best Bars list since 2009, to give you an idea. The location is fortuitous as The Sukhothai Shanghai's own resident head mixologist Vincenzo Pagliara cut his teeth under the mentorship of Perrone at London's Cannought. He will create legendary drinks presented with that timeless Cannought flair. 

Nov 20, 8-11pm, from RMB105. The ZUK Bar, see event listing

Nov 20: Macarena Rotger Guest Shift at UTC

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If you recognize Bar Manager Macarena Rotger, its because she used to live in Shanghai and worked 1515 West Chophouse & Bar. She'll be at UTC mixing up tea-infused beverages from newly-opened The Other Roof in Singapore where she currently manages the bar. 

Nov 20, 8pm-midnight. Union Trading Company, see event listing

Nov 20: Nolo Pop-Up with Hope & Sesame

Image courtesy The Cannery

In the wake of the DRiNK Magazine Bar Awards, Guangzhou speakeasy Hope & Sesame and The Cannery stepping in with some No & Low ABV drinks, showcasing Seedlip's distilled non-alcoholic drinks. The focus is full-flavored and creative beverages without alcohol content. Sample a 'Nomos Fizz,' 'Nogroni' or one of Michael Chen's signature low ABV 'Teapache Tribe' drinks and give your liver a much-needed break. 

Nov 20, 9pm-midnight, from RMB85. The Cannery, see event listing

Nov 20: Wine & The City Special Chilean Edition

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Have you ever wondered how different climates and soils affect the taste of wine? Ginger Modern Asian Bistro invites you to find out. On November 20, Wine & The City invites you to partake in a wine social with none other than Irene Paiva of Vistamar Winery, one of Chile’s most celebrated winemakers.

Nov 20, 7pm, RMB350. Ginger Modern Asian Bistro, see event listing. Purchase tickets here.

Nov 20: Healthy Dumpling Workshop

Image courtesy Chef Shiyin Wang

Do you love dumplings but have no idea how to make them at home? Then sign up for this cooking workshop and learn to make three kinds of dumplings from scratch. All original recipes come from healthy Chinese Chef Shiyin Wang who will guide you through mixing up fillings and folding wrappers until you reach dumpling perfection. The finished products will be boiled, steamed and fried allowing you to taste the difference in methods. Ingredients are all fresh and local from FIELDS, and wine pairings will be provided. Add Chef Shiyin (WeChat: swangyin) to register!

Nov 20, 6pm, RMB300. That's Territory, see event listing

Nov 20-24: Jad Ballout at 1515 West

Image courtesy 1515 West Chophouse and Bar

As part of 1515 West’s Celebrity Bartender Series, 1515 West will be hosting world-renowned bartender Jad Ballout. Jad is famous for his use of rare,  seasonal herbs and spices in his magnificent cocktails. Having grown up near the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Jad has been exposed to the many flavors of the region. His cocktails have earned him recognition not only in the Eastern Mediterranean, where he has received numerous awards such as Best Bar in the Middle East & Africa 2016, but he has also gained international recognition. Having worked in the industry for almost 10 years, Jad currently operates over five reputable outlets worldwide. 

Nov 20-24, 8pm-midnight. 1515 West Chophouse and Bar, see event listing

Nov 21: Seedlip x The Cannery

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Nolo by Seedlip is at The Cannery for the second night, and this time you get to meet their brand ambassador Sebastian. Feel free to ask him all your questions about the No and Low ABV movement and give Seedlip non-alcoholic spirts a taste. The focus is full-flavored and creative beverages without alcohol content. Sample a 'Nomos Fizz,' 'Nogroni' or one of Michael Chen's signature low ABV 'Teapache Tribe' drinks and give your liver a much-needed break. 

Nov 21, 9pm-midnight, from RMB85. The Cannery, see event listing

Nov 21: Wine & The City Xinjiang Wine Edition 

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Wine & The City, Puchang Winery and Hakkasan Shanghai are teaming up for a fantastic wine pairing dinner where they will introduce guests to wines from China's Turpan Valley region. In addition to tasting some fabulous food and wine, you'll learn all about the wines and the challenges it takes to grow some of China’s best vines.

Just to give you an idea of what's on the menu, dishes will include crispy duck salad with grapefruit, Wagyu beef dumplings, pork with pomelo and pomegranate and more. 

Nov 21, 7pm, RMB850. Hakkasan, see event listing. Purchase tickets here

Nov 21: Native Pop-up Bar at The ZUK Bar

Image courtesy of DRiNK Magazine

Having climbed 34 spots this year to become the world’s 13th best bar, the Singapore-based cocktail bar, Native is high on our list of pop-ups in Shanghai. Mixologist Vijay Mudaliar will be making an appearance at the ZUK Bar in the Sukhothai Shanghai on Wednesday, November 21. Native prides itself on its use of solely regional ingredients and sustainable practices including being wholly solar powered.

Nov 21, 8pm-midnight. The ZUK Bar, see event listing

Nov 21: El Rey del Barrio

Image courtesy of FUNKA de Sur

FUNKA del Sur is hosting the third edition of el Rey del Barrio aka "King of the Hood" on Wednesday, November 21. This time, guest chef Edgar Herdez from Taco Laoban will join chef Hugo Rodriguez to craft a special menu of Mexican street food and drink specials. Dishes include pork belly tacos, corn salad, duck mole, ceviche verde, and arroz con leche. Four flavors of margaritas served, including mango, passion fruit, blueberry, and classic lime.

Nov 21, 7pm. FUNKA del Sur, see event listing

Nov 21-22: Coupette Pop-up Bar at the Portman Ritz Carlton

Image courtesy DRiNK Magazine

Located in London, Chris Moore’s Coupette is founded on the concept of cocktails and calvados, and experimental menu items are crafted according to the season. Having received the award for Best New Opening 2018 by The World’s 50 Best Bars, guests can expect a fun menu with exceptional service while relaxing in the Ritz-Carlton’s Bar and Lounge.

Nov 21-22, 7pm-midnight. The Ritz Bar & Lounge, see event listing

Nov 21-24: The Dead Rabbit Pop-up at The Shanghai EDITION

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Originally established as an Irish pub in New York City that focused on providing excellent hospitality and cocktails, The Dead Rabbit has evolved into much, much more. Now ranked as the world’s 16th best bar, The Dead Rabbit has held the position of world’s best several times. From its roots as an Irish bar, the establishment has become famous for Irish coffee, whiskey brand, recipes and more. Experience all The Dead Rabbit has to offer at The Shanghai EDITION.

A masterclass will be held on November 21 from 2.30pm – 4.30pm in the Shanghai EDITION’s Punch Room.

The main event will be held between November 21 – 24 from 7pm – 12am in the Shanghai EDITION’s Club Room.

Nov 21-24, 2.30pm-4.30pm, 7pm-midnight. The Shanghai EDITION, see event listing

Nov 23: Seedlip x SHAKE

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What do you drink when you're not drinking? Shanghai's house of funk and soul proudly teams up with the world's first non-alcoholic spirit, Seedlip, to answer that question. On offer at their "No & Low" pop-up are five bold new cocktails ranging from Zero ABV to just slightly above Zero ABV. The live funk and soul is full strength as usual. Dinner and drinks from 6pm; live music from 10:30pm.

Nov 23, 6pm. SHAKE, see event listing

Nov 23: GINRAW Masterclass at The ZUK Bar

Image courtesy The Good Food People

GINRAW is a gastronomic gin made by experts from the world of gastronomy (a chef, a sommelier, and a mixologist) with a maître parfumeur that captures the spirit of Barcelona: modernity and the avant-garde, tradition and craftsmanship, authenticity and creativity. GINRAW is made using a unique distillation process that combines the traditional method that uses copper stills with the latest gastronomic techniques for low-temperature distillation using Rotaval®. GINRAW is made with a variety of botanical ingredients that only work to enhance the incredible flavor.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to attend the GINRAW masterclass at Zuk Bar this Friday from 2 - 3.30pm. Those who attend will have an opportunity to learn more about GINRAW and how to utilize it while making drinks. 

Nov 23, 2pm-3.30pm. The ZUK BAR, see event listing. 

Nov 24: UnTour Food Tours' Beer & Bites

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Love eating and drinking? This intoxicating tour combines everyone's two favorite things - excellent craft beer & delicious local dishes - with a stroll through the former French Concession. It's the perfect way to spend an afternoon! Get sudsy and experience the diversity of Chinese craft beer with two pub stops and a brewery tour all while supporting a local charity: Shanghai Young Bakers. It wouldn't be UnTour without food, so expect pit stop to refuel on authentic local noodles and dumplings. Local beer paired with local foods is a match we love!

Nov 24, 3pm, RMB150. Untour Shanghai, see event listing. 

Nov 23: Whisky & Haggis Tasting

Image courtesy The House of Roosevelt

Now, this is an event we haven't seen before. As the saying goes, "too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.” We can only imagine what happens when you add haggis into the mix.  The illustrious House of Roosevelt wants you to join them for a wonderful evening of whisky and haggis tasting against the backdrop of Shanghai's beautiful skyline. 

Nov 23, 8pm-late, RMB300. The House of Roosevelt, see event listing

Nov 23: Delights & Sorows Stone Brewing x Jing-A Beer Release

Image courtesy Stone Brewing 

Earlier this year, Jing-A traveled to California to share beers and brew with Stone Brewing, becoming the first Chinese craft brewery to collaborate with the American craft brewers. Out of that happy partnership, Stone’s first China collab beer was born: Delights & Sorrows, or Tong Gan Gong Ku (7% ABV), a West-Coast IPA with Chrysanthemum Tea. Stone Brewing will host Jing-A for the beer release on Friday, November 23 at the Tap Room at 5pm.

Nov 23, 5pm-late. Stone Brewing Tap Room, see event listing

Nov 24: Funkadeli Two Year Anniversary Party

Image courtesy Funkadeli

Your favorite Italian aperitivo bar Funkadeli at Fumin Lu is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a big party. Negronis and Superspritz overfloweth! Food and drink tickets are RMB100 for three and are exchangeable during the event.

Nov 24, 5pm, from RMB100. Funkadeli, see event listing

[Cover image courtesy DRiNK Magazine]

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