Shanghai Food & Drink Gossip: December 2018

By Cristina Ng, December 26, 2018

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Unfortunately, 2018 is the year that some of our oldest bars are going down, including The Beaver, which has been open since September 2004. 

Image courtesy The Beaver

This is part of a widespread Dongping Lu culling of venues, including nightlife stalwarts Sasha’s and Zapata’s. All three venues are slated to close on New Year’s Eve, so saddle up for one hell of a party.

Image via Liu Xia/Flickr

Chef Ling Huang’s Pirata on the same street will also close at the end of 2018, but it is business as usual at her Columbia Circle outpost. This, sadly, means that Austin Hu’s Madison Kitchen will also be ping-ponging for the third time.

Image by Betty Richardson/That's 

Luckily, Italian favorite D.O.C has already secured a new location at 390 Dagu Lu, and is slated to open in mid-January. They promise a raucous New Year’s Eve party to bid their original location adieu. Across the street, a representative for Green & Safe assures us that they aren’t going anywhere.

Image courtesy The Camel Group

Another bright spot in Shanghai F&B Land, Paul Pairet is opening a simple café in Xintiandi called Polux. You can expect the same high quality and essentialism defined by his other acclaimed restaurants around town. Also in XTD, Daphne Cheng’s Superhuman promises to make it sexy to eat veggies.  

Image courtesy DRiNK Magazine

This industry loves award ceremonies, and Shanghai put in a strong showing at DRiNK Magazine Bar Awards 2018 on November 19. The biggest winners of the night were Sober Company who brought it home in the Service, Restaurant Bar and Bar Team categories. Also garnering awards were Atelier by Taste BudsShakeLe Verre à Vin and Le Baron. Bar moguls, Kin (Constellation) and Eddy Yang (The Tailor Group) received the Entrepreneur and Founders awards, respectively.

Image courtesy The Odd Couple

More good news for Sober Company’s Shingo Gokan, his latest project The Odd Couple – in collaboration with Steve Schneider (Employees Only) – is now open in the old Devil’s Share Xintiandi space and looks like a blast. Keep an eye out for our review next month. Speaking of Devil’s Share, we hear they are working on a new concept called Archive. Watch this space for more info.

We’ll leave you with two names we haven’t heard in a while. Deji Odunlami (Bad Boy Bangers) has a burger and hotdog concept called Baps in soft opening just south of the former French Concession, near Longhua Zhong Lu, while Harry Belford Spencer (Mr. Harry’s) opened a new fish and chips place called Fish+ on Xikang Lu. 

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