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Great bars with awesome deals at happy hour

SHANGHAI'S night life is never dull. For people who are busy during the day, many bars offer a happy hour to attract customers and are a good option for those not interested in night clubbing. Here are some casual places in town to hang out with friends and toss back a few drinks.

Dakota American Bistro & Bar

Dakota American Bistro & Bar is a casual, energetic, affordable neighborhood bistro on the edge of the former French concession.

It's an easy-going, comfortable place open from brunch until late at night.

The restaurant serves American and French cuisine, cocktails by an award-winning mixologist, fresh breads and desserts from the on-site bakery. It has a great selection of music by the in-house DJ.

During happy hour, you can enjoy "buy one get one free" on draft beers, wine of the month and standard pours.

Address: 38 Donghu Rd

Tel: 5403-8906

Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 5pm-8pm


Malone's American Cafe on Tongren Road was opened in 1994 and since then it has been one of the best neighborhood pubs in town.

Malone's is famous for its burgers with 30 options to choose from. The barbecue beef and pork ribs are also perennial favorites.

The happy hour provides all standard drinks at half price (except Tiger, Guinness, Kilkenny and Strongbow on draft). Malone's also has an in-house band.

Address: 255 Tongren Rd

Tel: 6247-2400

Happy hour: Daily, 2-8pm


It is always a delight to find an example of culinary showmanship in classic old world surroundings, coupled with good service at Sasha's. The newly decorated dinning room on the second and third floors serve fine wines and cheese. From 6pm to 9pm, customers can buy one get one free on margaritas & mojitos, the same in Zapata's.

Featuring continental cuisine, Sasha's usually offers slight twists on old favorites.

Many special events are held at Sasha's, including a Thanksgiving Day meal this month.

Address: 11 Dongping Rd

Tel: 6474-6169

Happy hour: Daily, 6-9pm


Kenneth Walker, founder of Bubba's, has been in Shanghai for eight years and opened his first Bubba's in 2006. Now he owns another one in Expo Village.

Bubba's offers draft beers and house pours for 20 yuan and margaritas and Texas tea for 30 yuan during its daily happy hour from 2pm to 8pm.

House specials include Angus beef served with a baked potato or fries, side salad, and jalape?o cornbread muffins.

Bubba's also offers weekday specials such as half price off their 100% Wagyu beef burgers on Mondays. Tuesday is steak night and for 200 yuan, customers get any steak with one draft beer.

? Bubba's Texas SaloonAddress: 2262 Hongqiao Rd

Tel: 6242-2612

? Bubba's Expo VillageAddress: Suite 101, 1101 Xueye RdTel: 2206-0338

Happy hour: Daily, 2-8pm

Overtime Bar

Overtime Bar is a neighborhood bar on the Bund, a family owned place with a great staff to make the customers feel at home. The bar features 10 flat screen TVs, large projectors, a music stage, a large covered patio with an outdoor big screen, new pool tables, dart boards and other bar games.

They open Monday through Friday for lunch with great weekly specials. Buy one get one free on Starker Beer (0.5L/2L/5L) is available everyday from 11am to 9pm.

Address: 110A Bldg 2, 601 Waima Rd, South Bund

Tel: 3366-0975

Happy hour: Daily, 11am-9pm

Big Bamboo

The Big Bamboo Sports Bar and Grill has three branches. It has a good reputation, fine food and drinks and friendly staff that have made it one of the best spots for a drink after work.

Happy hour at Big Bamboo means it's only 25 yuan for Tiger and Carlsberg drafts, standard drinks and non-imported bottled beers.

? Address: 123 Nanyang Rd

Tel: 6256-2265

? Address: No. 20, Lane 3338, Hongmei Rd

Tel: 6465-9099

? Address: 381 Hongfeng Rd, Pudong

Tel: 5030-1779

Happy hour: Monday-Friday, 2-8pm; Saturday-Sunday, 4-8pm

Bounty Rhumerie Bar

These pirate-themed bars offer an assortment of rums as well as wine and beer amid a nautical setting strewn with barrels, portholes and nets. They have a great selection of rums. The "buy one get one free" on bottles of beer and planteurs is available at happy hour from 6pm to 9pm everyday.

The Camel Sports Bar

Add: 1 Yueyang Rd

Tel: 6437-9446

Happy hour: Daily, 4-8pm

The Camel is a place where you can sit with a beer at the front and watch the world go by, or snuggle up on the sofas by the fireplace with a warm Irish coffee, or watch your favorite team battle for supremacy.

With flat screen TVs scattered throughout the bar, customers are guaranteed a good view of the game.

The happy hour offers selected beers, wines, spirits and cocktails for 25 yuan.

? Address: 550 Wuding Rd

? Address: 1F, 47 Yongfu Rd

? Address: 3F, 47 Sinan Rd

Tel: 2661-9368

Happy hour: Daily, 6pm-9pm

Glo London Lounge Bar

Newly opened Glo didn't take long to become popular. This London chain boasts a swanky lounge bar as part of their food and drink complex on Wulumuqi Road.

The bar runs special promotions including wine tastings, cocktail happy hours and, of course, ladies nights. All cocktails are 50 percent off during happy hour. On the food side they offer a mix of Western and Chinese favorites.

Address: 1 Wulumuqi Rd S.

Tel: 6466-6565

Happy hour: Daily, 5pm- 8pm


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