It can't be said enough, this is the true neighborhood bar of the french concession. Dennis is the man, he's just the best, most welcoming host in shanghai. The place itself is amazing for lounging, or getting buzzed, or just hanging back with a book or laptop. The food is amazingly consistent, the service is always prompt and polite. I've been going here since it opened and I have never had a bad experience. I know this sounds like an unrealistically positive review, but Dennis has made magic here, and Shanghai just wouldn't have been the same without this place.
What's probably contributed most to its success is that over the last 4-5 years he just hasn't changed much. There are sometimes new menu items to be tried, but they're few and far between, and all the classics are still available. Happy hour 3-9pm every day? Dennis hasn't tried to change it to squeeze out profit. It's just been the same high standard experience from day 1, and it will be tomorrow and next week too.
Great concept. It's sort of a circus for kids complete with circus booths... but for adults . It's totally unique and an enjoyable way to spend an evening. I feel a bit strange that they are exploiting little people. Love the girls in costume walking slowly around the space. Service at the bar is not great but the acrobats and other circus performers bring up the level of service to 5 stars!
This place has always been a bit iffy in terms of service and quality, but this was the last straw. I recently went with six colleagues for lunch, I was planning on getting the beef and lamb doner with rice, just about the only palatable thing on the menu, but cheap and right across from work, it seemed like an ok option.
First off, if you're more than 4 people they make you climb to the 3rd floor. No attempt to accomodate you on the 1st floor and there is no second floor. We got up there and ordered, 4 of us got the beef and lamp turkish pizza, and I got my beef and lamb rice. I asked to pay right away, and the response I got was "how about paying later?" I said no, I was going to be in a rush and didn't want to deal with the bill math, so I wanted to pay now. She said ok, and no bill ever came for my food. Then the staff brought out turkish pizzas for everyone, including me! I explained that I wanted the doner with rice (something I'd ordered at least six occasions before) and she said yes, they put the rice in the turkish pizza. I told her no, that's not what I ordered, and she said ok she would change and come back. I waited for maybe ten minutes before having a CHICKEN and rice plate shoved in my face. I said NO, I ordered the beef and lamb rice, and she said "so you want to change?" YES I WANT TO CHANGE TO WHAT I ORDERED. She said ok and dissapeared. She came back with another waitress some minutes later and informed me that they were out of lamb and beef for the day and asked if I wanted to change to something else. I had had enough at this point and told her no, I didn't want anything, and to take it off the bill.
Now here's where it went from inconvenient, unprofessional, and amateur to unacceptable and downright infuriating. When I asked for it to be taken off the bill, I was told that because it was a set meal, they wouldn't take it off the bill, and insisted I chose something else and pay full price. They screwed up my meal twice, ran out of the thing I ordered, and then insisted I pay full price for something I didn't want!!!! Shanghai rarely has truly good service, but this was the worst. I told her fine, bring the chicken, resolving with my friends to never return. What was brought to me was the same chicken plate that came out earlier, only cold, greasy, full of skin and gristle.
Unacceptable, even by shanghai standards. Never again, you're dead to me Kervan, and you, dear reader, would be well advised to stay away.
We went to this bar on my birthday, because I love this place.... I was treated to a few free drinks courtesy of the staff, which made my night even better.
The staff here are possibly the friendliest in all bars across shanghai, you are greeted with a cuddle, and really made to feel at home during your time here....,You can put on your own music, plus there is a pool table and dart board to keep you entertained.
The bar is a bit of a dive, but it adds to the charm in my opinion.... I really like this place, and would recommend to most people who want to start here before hitting the other bars and clubs.
Me and my girlfriend visited this cosy little bar on a friday night to make the most of their happy hour promotion.
Buy one get one free on all cocktails, and glasses of wine from 6-9 was such great value for money, The drinks were cheap, and made even cheaper that you got the 2nd one free.
The service was really decent, but the bar was on the quiet side when we arrived, we didn't mind though as there was nice music in the background, and the lack of people meant we didn't have to wait long for our next drink.
We will certainly head back here during happy hour, as it is possibly the best value for money deal we have come across.... Friendly staff, and a nice atmosphere just added to the decent experience we had here.
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