Praise be, spring is here. Time to enjoy the good weather! Here are 11 restaurants and bars in Shanghai with excellent terraces & outdoor seating. Plus, info on their happy hours.
Note that most of these terraces are dog-friendly—check the listing details below for that tag.
The ZUK Bar
Address: 1/F, The Sukhothai, 380 Weihai Lu, near Shimen Yi Lu 威海路380号1楼, 近石门一路
The Sukhothai Shanghai has just completed a major upgrade, right in time for the warm weather months. They’ve added a beautiful Thai-inspired garden terrace that extends from The ZUK Bar to Urban Cafe, complete with gazebo, water feature, rattan swing sets, and outdoor heaters (for when it gets a little nippy). The ZUK Bar (and terrace) is open from 12pm-midnight. As for food, they have a menu of Mediterranean-inspired bites and Southeast Asian cuisine. The terrace is also open for lunch.
Drinks Situation: The ZUK Bar has a daily happy hour from 4-7pm, offering 50% off selected beers, bottles of wine, long drinks (highballs and the like), and classic cocktails. Plus, groups of six or more will receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco.
Charlie’s Beer Garden
Address: Inside City Oasis, 1101 Wuding Lu, near Yanping Lu 武定路1101号静悦坊, 近延平路
Charlie’s Beer Garden just opened in Jing’an’s hotbed intersection (Wuding Lu x Yanping Lu). They have an epic rooftop terrace that’s perfectly conducive for guzzling down pints of Great Leap beers, their partner brewery for this location. Like all Charlie’s locations, it’s dog-friendly and they have dog treats.
Drinks Situation: From March 12, they’ll be kicking off their Pizza & Beer happy hour. Every Monday to Friday from 2-8pm, get any mini 9-inch pizza and two glasses of Great Leap craft beer for just ¥100. After March, they’ll be locking in selected flavors of pizza/beer instead of giving you the run of the menu.
Address: 6/F, 282 Huaihai Zhong Lu, near Huangpi Nan Lu淮海中路282号雅诗阁公寓6楼, 近黄陂南路
Located in Xintiandi, Highline has one of the city’s best downtown views. It’s a modern American restaurant and bar, serving some polished yet heavy hitting American fare as well as some excellent desserts.
Drinks Situation: Every Monday to Friday from 4-7pm, buy-one-get-one beers (from ¥48), highballs (from ¥68), wines by the glass (from ¥78). Plus, get 50% off champagne by the bottle, all day Friday.
Address: 34 Yuyao Lu, near Haifang Lu 余姚路34号1幢, 近海防路
Tacolicious, home of the double-shell tacos, has more than a dozen different kinds of toppings for your taco stuffing needs. Ranging from the traditional asados and al pastor to beef bulgogi and Sichuan twice-cooked pork, the toppings also apply to their burritos, loaded fries, quesadillas, taco bowls, and nachos. Party in the back—I’m referring to the terrace here—where there’s plenty of space to lounge around.
Drinks Situation: Everyday from 5-8pm, reduced prices on drinks; wine from ¥30, beer from ¥25, frozen margaritas from ¥40, cocktails from ¥50. There’s also Margarita Thursdays, frozen margaritas for ¥40 from 6pm until close.
Address: 392 Dagu Lu, near Chengdu Bei Lu 大沽路392号, 近成都北路
Casual Italian restaurant and bar D.O.C. on Dagu Lu has nearly two dozen kinds of pizza on the menu along with pastas, risottos, salads, and Italian snacky foods. It’s generally pretty quiet on Dagu Lu, so if you’re looking for a change of scenery, it’s worth checking out.
Drinks Situation: A drinks deal that counts down by the hour—the earlier you go, the cheaper the drinks. Everyday from 3-7pm, get reduced prices on Aperol Spritz, Campari Spritz, house wine, Peroni, and arancini. Drinks start at ¥25 and increase five kuai each hour.
Xinhua Lu: 294 Xinhua Lu, near Dingxi Lu 新华路294号, 近定西路 Tel: 62826897
Anting Lu: 132 Anting Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu 安亭路132号, 近建国西路
Established in 2003 by founder Cotton Ding, Cotton’s is one of the longest standing restaurant bars in Shanghai. There are two locations, both housed in beautiful historical villas with expansive, enclosed terraces. The menu at Cotton’s features a wide range of Western dishes from pizzas to pastas, salads to skewers, and burgers to steaks.
Drinks Situation: Reduced prices every Monday to Friday from 4-7pm. Wines by the glass starts from ¥48, bottles from ¥198; hour pour mixed drinks are ¥45, draft beer from ¥40.
Address: 38 Fumin Lu, near Yan’an Zhong Lu 富民路38号, 近延安中路
Hours: Tue-Thu & Sun, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight
PoZ is a bistro/cafe/wine bar in the same villa that houses Coconut Paradise on Fumin Lu. It’s mostly French food on the menu with the likes of cordon bleu, frog legs, and cassoulet, with the exception of a new Asian-skewed dishes like lemongrass mussels.
Drinks Situation: Buy-one-get-one selected beverages every Tuesday to Friday from 3-7pm. Drinks on the happy hour include beer, house wine, Aperol, and G&Ts.
Address: Rm 103, Bldg 18, 808 Shaanxi Bei Lu, near Kangding Lu 陕西北路808号18号楼103室, 近康定路
Hours: Tue-Sun, 12pm-11pm
Located towards the back of Shankang Li is American BBQ restaurant Bubba’s, purveyor of glorious smoked meats, tacos, wings, and belt-busting burgers. They also have some vegetarian options too. Bubba’s is the only restaurant in that area of the F&B hub, therefore, they lay claim to a huge outdoor space. Big plus: Bubba’s is very dog-friendly; water bowls provided if you ask, and they have dog-friendly snacks.
Drinks Situation: Happy hour is everyday from 5-8pm, reduced prices on drinks. During happy hour, draft beer starts from ¥25, craft beer from ¥35, shots from ¥35, cocktails from ¥45, and ¥10 off all wines.
Beast of the East Social House
Address: A108, 291 Fumin Lu, near Changle Lu 富民路291号, 近长乐路
Hours: Sun-Thu, 11am-2am; Fri-Sat, 11am-3am
True Legend Hospitality Group (Pistolera, Big Bamboo, The Blind Pig) opens a dedicated brick and mortar named after its craft beer brand on Fumin Lu. The food at Beast of the East Social House is a bit of everything from the group’s existing and previous concepts—charcoal & grilled seafood and steaks, oysters, mussels, brick oven pizzas and burgers, pizza, loaded nachos, Southeast Asian fare, sandwiches, etc. You name it, they probably have it. Like most of the venues on the Fumin Lu strip, Beast of the East Social House covets a slice of the sidewalk that’s great for people watching.
Drinks Situation: Happy hour is everyday from 3pm-7pm, reduced prices on drinks. During happy hour, it’s 35% for all alcoholic drinks; draft beer from ¥30, shots from ¥33, cocktails from ¥36, and wine ¥32.5.
Address: 7/F, 7 Yan’an Dong Lu, near Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu 延安东路7号7楼, 近中山东一路
Bund-side rooftop venue The Fellas is a modern Italian restaurant and bar that serves a range of Italian finger foods and traditional dishes. Expect pizzas, pastas, and show-stopping mains like wagyu steaks and racks of venison.
Drinks Situation: They do a reverse drinks deal, one that starts later rather than earlier. Every evening from 9pm to midnight, get any two gin-based cocktails for ¥98. They also have a rotating theme for Ladies Night on Thursdays—ladies drink for free (!) from 9pm to midnight.
Address: Jiashan Market, No. 25-37, 550 Shaanxi Nan Lu, near Jianguo Xi Lu 嘉善老市, 陕西南路550弄25-37号, 近建国西路
Hours: Sun-Wed, 11am-9:30pm; Thu-Sat, 11am-11pm
Located in Jiashan Market, Ombra is housed in a two-story building that boasts a beautiful terrace on the second floor. The restaurant serves a menu of Western food with a local twist, featuring charcuterie plates, French toasts, and share-friendly mains of short rib and steak.
Drinks Situation: Every Monday to Friday from 2-6:30pm, drinks are ¥38, which includes selected cocktails, beer, sparkling, and red and white wine. Additionally, get 20% off the snacks menu.
And even more terraces + happy hours
Note, for this article: Bull & Claw’s has changed to Wed-Fri from 5-7pm, reduced prices on drinks and includes a custom roll for each drink. (Also, minus Kartel, because it closed, and Terrace 8 isn’t open for the season yet.)