19 Amazing F&B Events in Shanghai This Week (and Beyond)

By That's Shanghai, December 3, 2019

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

Until Dec 15: Jing'an Christkindlmarkt

Flyer courtesy of Zeitgeist Bavarian Eatery & Bar

If it weren't for mulled wine and Christmas markets, we'd never leave the house. Thankfully, the traditional German Christkindlmarkt is back in Shanghai for a full 17 days. Follow the scent of baked apples, chestnuts, gingerbread, mulled wine, rum punch and more. You'll find those festive treats along with handicrafts and gifts in beautifully decorated wooden stalls. For the small and big kids, Santa will come by on the weekends to grant wishes! Honestly, there's no better way to experience some good Old World wintertime charm. 

Until Dec 15, noon-9pm weekends, 4-9pm weekdays; RMB50 presale, RMB60 door both incl. mulled wine. Zeitgeist Bavarian Eatery & Bar. See event listing

Dec 5: Chameleon Opening Party

Flyer courtesy of Chameleon

As if the one-two punch of Eddy Yang (The Tailor Group) and Carson Xie (formerly The Nest) wasn't enough to guarantee success, these Shanghai F&B heroes are adding more star power to their grand opening party. Two additional Shanghai gangsters will be guest bartending that night: Yao Lu (That's Shanghai 2019 Mixologist of the Year, Union Trading Company, Birds of Paradise) and Cross Yu (E.P.I.C., Charcohol). This promises to be one hell of a party. 

Dec 5, 9pm. Chameleon. See event listing

Dec 5-11: Jing An Shangri-La Celebrity Cocktail Series

Flyer courtesy of Jing An Shangri-La Hotel

Cocktail lovers will be spending a lot of time at the Jing An Shangri-La this month. In addition to hosting this year's DRiNK Magazine Bar Awards, the hotel is highlighting several bar legends as part of their popular Celebrity Cocktail Series. First up, Alastair Burgess and Jack Allen with a taste of London's coolest basement speakeasy followed by the DMBA Bartender of the Year (Asia) Agung Prabowo (The Old Man). Healer's Phoebe Han slash Chinese spirit ambassador slash Campari Red Hand is on deck next. The series wraps up with Erik Lorincz (DMBA International Bartender of the Year) and Rastislav Kasar representing Kwant – a very new entry to the World's 50 Best Bars 2019.  

Dec 5-11. Jing An Shangri-La Hotel. See event listing

Dec 6: First Fridays

Flyer courtesy of The Rooster

The Rooster is bringing back First Fridays, and that means you get to start your weekend with a free glass of bubbly prosecco or Boulevard Single-Wide IPA. 

Dec 6, 6-7pm. The Rooster. See event listing

Dec 6: Into the Opulence

Flyer courtesy  of Stone Brewing 

Start the holiday season in opulent style at Stone Brewing. Sample a unique selection of 10 Euro-inspired beers from the Stone archives for just one day. These ales pay homage to the traditional brewing methods from Germany to Russia and from the Czech Republic to Belgium. Go for a 10 beer flight (RMB348) five-ounce pours or pair four brews with Zotter chocolate creations (RMB178). Think Russian Stout infused chocolate ganache, Madagascar dark chocolate flakes and Indian chai-spiced milk chocolate pieces. Remember this craft beer educational experience by taking home tasting cards. 

Dec 6, all day; RMB178-348. Stone Brewing Tap Room. See event listing

Dec 7: Pét-Nat Fest

Flyer courtesy of promoter

China’s first Pét-Nat Festival is coming to Shanghai this weekend! Pét-Nats are one of the most exciting things to have come out of the natural and alternative wine world. They can be red, white, pink, orange or red. Full of expression, flavor, complexity, value and eminently quaffable. With your entrance ticket, you get a free Pét-Nat glass, a taste of 11 Pét-Nats and free flow of a local Ningxia produced Pét-Nat from Ian Dai. Also, there will be music – and a mini vinyl market – from the folks behind China Social Club and Daily Vinyl.

Dec 7, 3pm; RMB198. Cellar Door Wines. See event listing

Dec 7: Italo Grand Opening

Flyer courtesy of Italo 

The latest concept from the Funka Group, Italo Social Eatery – a gastro lounge with an Italian twist – is now open on Fumin Lu. This venue has the fun and relaxed vibes of sister bar Funkadeli with a touch of 1930's Milan-inspired décor. The refined menu draws from Italy’s coast with a dash of Asian influence. RSVP for the grand opening this Saturday and dress like its the 1920s in Milan. 

Dec 7, 7pm (dinner), 9pm-late (party). Italo. See event listing

Dec 7: Deck the Halls with Gin

Flyer courtesy of Peddlers Gin Co. 

Deck the halls with gin because Peddlers pop-up bar is back at Suit Supply every Saturday in December. They've got hot drinks, cold drinks, Xmas gin cocktails and gift pack specials. If you are fast, you can even snap up some limited edition labels and mini bottles. Listen to some festive carols and whet your whistle all while crossing names off your shopping list. We call that holiday efficiency at its best. 

Dec 7, 3-8pm. Suit Supply. See event listing

Dec 7: Return of the Mack

Flyer courtesy of Peddlers Gin Co. 

We've been fans of Mack Ross since he served us negroni with a side of grilled cheese back in his Tour days. Thanks to Peddlers, Ross is back in Shanghai for a night of awesome drinks and fun company at Birds of Paradise. Catch him before he returns to the Park Hyatt's Attic Bar in Shenzhen.

Dec 7, 9pm-midnight. Birds of Paradise. See event listing

Dec 7-8: Green Escape Night Market

Flyer courtesy of Jing An Kerry Center

The Kerry Jing'an closes Anyi Lu to traffic every weekend for an outdoor market called Green Escape. Bundle up and get ready to enjoy wares from over 50 vendors including flowers, Argentinian barbecue, Dutch french fries, DODU rotisserie chicken and healthy meals from Hunter Gatherer. They even have The Odd Couple cocktails. 

Dec 7-8, 4.30pm-midnight (Sat), 2.30pm-10pm (Sun); free entry. Jing An Kerry Center. See event listing

Dec 7-8: Commune Market Xmas Edition

Image courtesy of promoter

Commune Market invites you to an exclusive boutique Christmas market at the luxury, stylish Sukhothai Shanghai designed by internationally acclaimed architectural/interior design practice Neri&Hu. There will be lots of mulled wine, craft gin cocktails, artisan foods, kids corner, Christmas cookie decorating workshop as well as an array of carefully curated independent designer jewelry, handmade toys, soaps, candles, fine art, home decor, children's gifts, ornaments and so much more. To spread as much joy as possible, they have some special treats for everyone who visits Sukhothai, including limited edition Christmas Commune Market mugs, a raffle for URBAN Cafe & Lounge afternoon tea set for two and La Scala weekend brunch for two. This exclusive event is very family-friendly and free entry. 

Dec 7-8, 11am-7pm; free entry. The Sukhothai Shanghai. See event listing

Dec 7-22: Pop-Up Christmas Cocktail Bar

Image courtesy of promoter

Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai, and Kerry On present a pop-up Christmas Cocktail Bar themed Miracle in 1515 from December 7-22. Step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy home-made eggnog, hot chocolate, spiced mules and unique creations like 'Santa’s Stash' and the 'Tipsy Snowman.' If you get hungry, make sure to check out their delicious bar snacks. 

Dec 7-22, 5pm-1am. 1515 West Chophouse and Bar. See event listing

Dec 8: Le Cocktail Show

Flyer courtesy of Chameleon

To find out why Beckaly Franks' The Pontiac is such a hit in Hong Kong, hit up her energetic guest shift at Chameleon. She will be at Chameleon from 9pm-midnight with River Lam and company from Bar Pi, aka the 2019 Cointreau Queens. It's going to be wild. 

Dec 8, 9pm. Chameleon. See event listing

Dec 8: Hope & Sesame @ UTC

Flyer courtesy of Peddlers Gin Co. 

Peddlers Gin Co. presents Hope & Sesame (2018 DMB Bar of the Year, Asia's 50 Best Bars 2019) at Union Trading Company (2016 DMBA Bar of the Year, Asia's 50 Best Bars 2019). See what happens when Hope & Sesame's co-founders Andrew Ho and Bastien Ciocca are unleashed behind the UTC bar. Something tells us this collision of giants will be memorable. 

Dec 8, 8pm-midnight. Union Trading Company. See event listing

Dec 8: TREAT YO’SELF King Louie Launch & Dessert Party

Flyer courtesy of Boxing Cat Brewery 

This one sounds super fun. In celebration of the limited release of King Louie Imperial Stout bottles, Boxing Cat is throwing a TREAT YO’SELF dessert party at their Xintiandi Flagship location. They'll have RMB68 Blackout Baby Beer Floats and an RMB88 all-you-can-eat dessert buffet plus one glass of King Louie. 

Dec 8, 2-5pm; from RMB68. Boxing Cat Brewery (Xintiandi). See event listing. 

Dec 8: Dec 11-12: Monkey for 8

Image courtesy of Monkey

Fans of Monkey, don't miss your chance to close out the year with an intimate dinner for eight featuring Jackie Lo's hand-crafted cocktails. The evening Wagyu beef, lobster cappuccino, naughty quail eggs and more paired with four innovative libations. This exclusive dinner is only on for two nights – with eight seats available – so book now!

Dec 8, 7.30pm; RMB588. Monkey. See event listing

Dec 10: Bar Trigona Guest Shift at E.P.I.C.

Flyer courtesy of E.P.I.C.

Coming all the way from the Four Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Bar Trigona's Ashish Sharma brings a taste of Malaysia to E.P.I.C. Bar Trigona puts the spotlight on local and sustainable ingredients, and you can be sure that Sharma will have some of that famous Trigona honey in tow. Go classic with a Trigona Old Fashion (Rebel Yell Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Trigona honey, Cedarwood oil) or tropical with Ananas (Plantation 3 Star, Giffard Coconut, citric acid, clarified pineapple juice, Trigona honey, sparkling wine. There's also one with teh tarik foam that sounds worth a try. 

Dec 10, 9pm-midnight. E.P.I.C. See event listing

Dec 12: Cheesus Christ 4 Hand Dinner

Flyer courtesy of Heritage by Madison

Chef Austin Hu is hosting Michael Wendling (Cuivre) at Heritage by Madison to celebrate their mutual love for cheese. That means they are putting their heads together for an unBRIElievably delicious menu. They are keeping the menu under wraps, but snippets from the teaser include the words foie gras, winter cod, cheese foam, beef and blue... Prepare to eat all the cheese, starting with calling for a reservation now. 

Dec 12; from RMB398. Heritage by Madison. See event listing

Dec 12: 12/12 Promotion at Stone

Flyer courtesy of Stone Brewing Tap Room

Stone’s greatest fans have spoken, and after the success of 11/11, they are bringing crazy deals for 12/12. From noon to midnight, score all crowlers for just RMB48 as well as great promotional prices on Stone Brewing merch, such as vintage classic T-shirts, hats and other Stone swag. 

Dec 12, noon-midnight; RMB48 crowlers, from RMB88 merch. Stone Brewing Tap Room. See event listing

[Cover image by Keith Lang from Pexels]

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