garyhuang: Ironic, Narsfweasels, that you say Boxing Cat service is "pretty shoddy", whereas Chelseastone, with all of her professional writing skills, says service at other places in Shanghai "sucks".
Ultimately, the sign of the best place for drinks is reflected by a place's popularity. Long term. People are not stupid! If a place is not good then over time people will not return. When I passed Boxing Cat Fuxing Lu a few times, on way to Apartment, it has been almost empty. Boxing Cat Si'nan when I went a few months ago was less than half full only. Boxing Cat has been around a long time, if it is so good like Chelseastone says, it should be packed with customers. It's not.
narsfweasels: The beer is fine at Boxing Cat, the service however, is pretty shoddy.
Last time I was there (on sufferance) the fat ass who took our order thought it was hilarious that certain changes need to be made. Tell you what, Chunkenheimer, pop down to a hospital with your kid (if you can find a woman here who will accept your waiter's salary) and tell the doctor that your pudgy little spawn is allergic to certain medicines and see if the guy laughs.
Then: don't bring the bill while we are eating. What the hell is wrong with you? You think we're going to run out on the bill or something? Sort your shit out, guys.
carlos11: @leemack, so you think that a place with an acquired taste that not everyone will like is the best place for drinks with friends in Shanghai? Even you are not a fan of Boxing Cat. The food there is average at best, nor is the service. If they were so good then why was their new place not another Boxing Cat, instead they tried to re-brand?
So why did City Weekend go against its own readers and reviews on its own website and claim boxing cat as the best place for drinks in Shanghai? I disagree with many of the other choices, too, but Boxing Cat stands out the most.
troycekey: Dominic, yeah no need to re-purpose this versatile perfect food-it's good all the time. I'd like to know how Chef Hu would weigh in on the topic. By the way, we sat next to each other in that tented video "docu-drama" piece about the breeding of horses at Cai Guo Qiang's pre-opening special event partay. I thought it was sort of painfully and weirdly entertaining. Did the tent make it art?
troycekey: I agree with leemack though many artisan craft beers are an acquired taste. Many I've sampled are ones that I have detested. That part aside, the alcohol of these brewskis is fantastic. Drinking beer is easy, understanding and appreciating beer is something else altogether.
leemack: @nathando The beer at Boxing Cat should not be called beer? I'm not a fan of the venue, but I've had the beer there and it's fine. Not quite up to The BREW levels, but it's better than most of what passes for beer in China.
nathando: I agree from auggie analyse. That article is one person opinion. The title should reflect that. It must not write like it is something officially from the magazine.
I think that the beer at the boxing cat should not be called beer. I love beer but I cannot drink what they have at boxing cat. How is it possible that it can it be the best place for a drink with friends? That bar should shut down immediately!!
llbb: I had the same reaction. In Canada, most cops might ignore joints or make you stub it out, but if you have more than a couple grams on you that looks an awful lot like 'intent to distribute' to the authorities.