If you're suitably intrigued by the spirit of absinthe, it's time to go
flying with la fee verte, and for me to introduce Tara 57, Shanghai's newest and
most exciting cocktail lounge.
The teeny tiny room above Boona cafe and opposite JZ on Fuxing lu only has
four tables, two coat stands, and a few bar stools all set around a well stocked
bar. But small is very, very beautiful in Tara's case, because standing behind
the encyclopedic bar is the cocktail professor himself, Markus, holding a copy
of his 150 odd cocktail long drinks list. Absinthe? A choice of three brands,
and no less than twenty absinthe based cocktails. Not in the mood for absinthe?
How about my favorite vodka, Zubrowka, impossible to get in Shanghai but hey,
Markus has a bottle. Doesn't tickle your fancy? No worries, Markus will whisk up
an off-list cocktail according to your taste.
Given the recent decline in quality at Jade at 36 and the persistently
mediocre cocktails across most bars in town (save for Vault Bar, Glamour, and a
few others), Tara 57 is now one of Shanghai's premier destinations for those who
know and love their drinks. Friday's don't require the "where do I go" decision
any more given the 38rmb absinthe drinks at the green fairy night, and Saturdays
are pretty damn tempting too with a montecristo No. 4 and drink for 128rmb.
There's not a lot more to say about this place, except, see you on Friday, and
don't forget to bring your wings.
Address: 2F, 57 Fuxing Xi
Lu, opposite JZ Club, near Yongfu Lu