Our top eight must-visit restaurants and bars post lockdown

June 29, 2022
June 29, 2022 TOBF

Three months after the 2022 lockdown, Shanghai restaurants reopen from June 29, 2022. This is only in low-risk areas. The verdict is yet to be out as to what areas are “low-risk”. Nonetheless we’re excited! We’re only human after all. So, it’s natural that we want restaurant dining to be a part of our normal social life.

Below is a list of The Orangeblowfish’s top picks of restaurants and bars we will be visiting in the coming weeks.


Klay is on top of our list. Voted as People’s Choice – Best New Restaurant of the Year at the 2021 That’s Shanghai Food & Drinks Award, Klay is renowned for Indian cuisine with a fusion twist. We love their Lobster Masala, Garlic Naan, Truffle Cheese Naan, Lamb Gosht Curry. The list goes on. Their entire menu is good. Anyone hungry?

Located at 1124 Beijing Xi Road Shanghai, you can enjoy tapas-style Indian dishes in a contemporary atmosphere. While you’re waiting for your meal to be served, sip on one of their amazing cocktails and appreciate the hand-crafted wall art pieces!

For reservations: +86 21-52788175


Want Spanish food, but can’t travel to Europe this summer? Dine in at Pintxos. Pintxos offers a range of popular and delicious tapas and family-style sharing dishes. You want it, they got it. Our favorites are the Seafood Paella, Black Squid Ink Paella, Garlic Shrimp and Patatas Bravas. You won’t leave hungry.

For reservations: +86 21-64752938

Location: L542, the 5th floor of Grand Gateway 66, NO. 1 Hong Qiao Road, Shanghai.


Want another taste of Europe? Try Viva! The first Portuguese dining concept in Shanghai. Viva! is a casual and relaxed restaurant and bar suitable for a chilled Friday evening with friends, or for that special date or celebration. Their menu offers a mix of authentic Portuguese dishes such as prawns with garliccod fish cakesroast chicken and more.

For reservations: +86 21-63337003

Location: NO. 421, Weihai Road, Shanghai/NO.479-1, Wuding Road, Shanghai

Liquid Laundry

We find Liquid Laundry has one of the best brunch menus in town. Coupled with their amazing cocktails, it’s an ideal spot for a breezy (and perhaps boozy) weekend brunch. Have you tried their roast chicken and waffle? Really good!

For reservations: +86 21-64459589

Liquid Laundry is located at 1028 Huaihai Zhong Road, Shanghai.

Zodiac Bar

Everybody talks about star signs. But, have you been to an immersive bar that takes you into the magical world of astrology while sipping on your personalized DIY cocktail? If you’re into drinking under the stars, then Zodiac is for you. Cocktails are designed by Geo Valdivieso, the brainchild behind The Broken Dagger, who also nabbed Mixologist of the Year in 2021. Did we also mention that Zodiac was voted as Best New Bar at the 2021 That’s Shanghai Food & Drinks Award? Just saying …

For reservations: +86 156 1872 4229

Location: NO. 808, Shan Xi Bei Road, Shanghai.

The Broken Dagger

Looking for a speakeasy bar in Shanghai in the heart of the French Concession? The Broken Dagger is slightly hard to find. We’ll give you a hint. It’s on Xiangyang Bei Road and used to be hidden behind a giant mural. Yes, there was a giant mural once upon a time. The bar’s entrance was more mysterious than intended. Push past Medusa’s hair curse and you’ll hear the shuffle of cups, the clinking of glasses, and exciting chatter. A yellow flash provides the clue to an insider’s secret – blacklight illuminates the tattoos of revered statues inside. If you want to enter a place where myths live and breathe in the 21st century, then The Broken Dagger is your heaven. The godly cocktails are crafted by none other than Geo Valdivieso.

For reservations:+86 139 170 42097

The Broken Dagger is located at 93-1 Xiangyang Bei Road, near Xinle Road, Shanghai.

Black Rock

If you’re a whisky lover, Black Rock is your nirvana! Established in London in 2016, Black Rock has around 180 different whiskies. The menu has a mix of signature cocktails accompanied by a snack menu, that gives you the perfect excuse to keep you drinking longer.

For reservations: +86 21-529 22109

Location: 41 Fumin Road, Shanghai.

Lounge by Topgolf

Looking for a great place where you can swing, sing and wing? Well, head over to Lounge by Topgolf! Spanning 2,700 square meters, The Lounge is a trendy gourmet restaurant & bar. It’s also an immersive gaming experience center for foodies, cocktail lovers and activity seekers. The brand hired celebrity chef Danyi Gao to design a Pan-Asian cuisine menu and Colin Tait to design punchy cocktails. The best thing about Topgolf is that you can swing some golf and groove into the weekend in one of their private rooms. Whether you’re hanging out with friends, enjoying happy hour with colleagues or planning a date night, Lounge by Topgolf is everyone’s playground! Remember to try their House Special Spicy Fried Chicken.

For reservations: +86 21-63357102

Location: 2nd floor of Central Plaza, NO. 227 Huang Pi Bei Road, Shanghai.

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