By Brian Kenney (CityWeekend)
Updated: 2006-04-28 15:30
Many western homes have a porch from which to quaff a summer brew.
Sadly, porches are not common fixtures in Shanghai's abodes, and balconies
usually provide little more than a view of the neighboring building.
Fortunately, four places give solace to the balcony bereaved, with verandas
overlooking the closest thing to nature the city has to offer.
A departure from the Bund's more glamorous bars, the Captain
Bar (bar) above the Captain Hostel has a definite seafaring touch, but
more importantly it treats patrons to a balcony view of the mud-hued Huangpu and
bright lights of the Pudong skyline. Though its clientele consists mostly of
European passersby, Tsingdao drafts for RMB 35 should be enough to entice most
local expats to drop by.
Overlooking Xujiahui Park, Cameo (italian and bars) has a
wine bar upstairs. House wines by the glass come at RMB 50; patrons can bring
their own wine at a RMB 100 corkage fee per bottle. Coupled with laid-back jazz
and a balcony overlooking the park, Cameo makes a nice place for a relaxing
pre-dinner glass. Two other restaurant/bars worth checking out that offer
park-view pours are ZIN Wine Bar & Grill (continental and
bar) and Kathleen's 5 (American).
may never become a porch paradise, one can still rise above the street-level
smog for a leisurely libation and find the perfect remedy for a sticky
1. Captain Bar
Location: 6F, Captain Hostel, No. 37,
Location: 5F & Balcony, No. 392, Tianpinglu
(inbetween Zhaojiabanglu and Hengshanlu), Xuhui
3. ZIN Wine Bar & Grill
Location: No. 2, Lane 66,
4. Kathleen's 5
Location: Shanghai Art Museum, No. 325,
Nanjing Xilu, Huangpu