China > Shanghai
tvstrategies (5) Ravensdale, Washington | April 3, 2015
68 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Great beer, and ya gotta love Shanghai. Apparently Boxing Cat was started by a couple of guys from Oregon, and it shows. Very Pacific Northwest styles of beer, strong and hoppy. There are some interesting stories about them establishing the brewing operation in China, convincing the authorities that they were legitimate. I was told that they grow their own ingredients from seed and stock brought from the US. The staff was dressed in cool sports jersey tops, and I wanted to buy one (said "Boxing Cat Brewery" with their logo on the front and "Shanghai 08" on the back). What a fuss that caused! They didnít quite know how to deal with it, staff tripping over one another - but an hour later, we left with our jerseys, RMB100... Just a few blocks from where the Chinese Communist Party was established, in Xiantiandi (ironically, that site charges admission).
Newportmuscles (4) Newport, Wales | January 25, 2015
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Close to my regular hotel so will be a regular now.
No set beers as such, just regular ever changing brews.
My visit in Novemeber 2014 had Right Hook Helles, Standing 8 Pislner, Contender Extra Pale Ale, Donkey Punch porter, a rancid Pumpkin and TKO IPA.
Food is a Western menu.
Canít remember Wifi.
Should be here on Feb 8th.
KansaiBeerLvrs (297) Kyoto, Japan | December 22, 2014
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
Location near Xiantiandi. 3 floors, 1st for drinks, 2nd for food, 3rd is for private functions I believe. I ordered a taster at 85 yuan for 6 small beers but they tried to say it is a happy hour thing though the menu clearly stated All Day. Anyways, I won out and scored the 6 taster for about 1600 yen so similarly priced to Japan. Rudimentary English. Kind of surprised they only had 6 taps plus nothing black on tap either. Nice wood & fake? brick decor with pretty good beers, service was alright and the food was alright but expect western pricing - 5700 yen about 57$ got us the fried mac ní cheese croquettes, a plate of sliders, the 6 tasters & a big ass burger. So decent prices but kind of high for China then again the last time i visited was 9 years ago so what do i know... A must stop in Shanghai if you enjoy good beer.
GuideDogSaint (46) Xiamen, China | October 2, 2014
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
Better location than the other one being amid an area of hotels and bars. Decent selection of beers although slightly disappointing there was nothing dark on tap. Y35 per beer in happy hour is great value. A must visit in Shanghai.
giarcsr (16) San Diego, California | July 22, 2014
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
I really liked this place. You walk in and thereís a really cool vibe to the place. I felt like I was in a brew pub in the states. The place is divided up between a few floors. The first floor is the bar area, and the second was seating for the restaurant. I think thereís a third floor but we didnít go past the second. When I was there, they had six beers they make on tap, got a taster set of each, which is a good way to go. The tasters were huge, like half a pint each. The beer was good. No noticeable problems, infections, or off flavors from unclean lines. After a week and a half in China, it was great to get an IPA that actually tasted like an IPA. Food menu looked solid, mostly western brewpubby type stuff. I had the Fried Chicken with Mac and Cheese and really enjoyed it. Would totally go back to next time Iím in Shanghai. Had a good selection of beer which seems to rotate depending on whatís available and a nice vibe to it making it a easy place to hang out at.
Pep10 (30) , Sweden | April 22, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
As a frequent visitor to Shanghai my coworkers and I were very happy to discover both Boxing Cat locations. The selection is not huge, but we very much enjoyed their own selections on tap Try the taster selection . A group of us ate there one evening and all we very happy with the food. A little oasis in the middle of the China beer desert.
jameswang007 (2) , | January 26, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
As a chinese, I have to admit that boxing cat is the top 3 draf bar in China since I have almost visited all the draft beer bar in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. Their ambiance is good, dark light, confortable sofa, very nice for a drink. They will update their menu frequently, and every time you can enjoy different tasts.
sailracer (24) Massachusetts | November 14, 2013
72 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
I tried the Sinan Mansions location a few days after the West Fuxing location. The ambiance is similar between the two, though the Mansions felt a little less crowded. Both did a pretty good job of smoke handling because the second hand smoke didnít bother me there as it did at some other Shanghai establishments. The menu was the same between the two places. I ordered a different burger this time that was nowhere near as good as the BCB burger I had at the other location, but I hope if I had the same burger it would have been as good. The one complaint is this burger was overcooked and not the medium rare I ordered. At the other location it came medium rare. For this reason I give this a slightly lower food and overall score.
AlchemikalGab (14) Borgomanero (Novara), Italy | June 3, 2013
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
Nice trendy pub/restaurant in the Sinan Manisons area, easy to find. Comfortable, full of expats and seemigly rich chinese people, but a lot pleasantly quieter than the Fuxing Road location. I liked it better. We were offered some snacks along with the beers. Prices are completely "western", which means fair to high, but quality is top notch. Didnít try the food there, though.
Schlenkerla (383) , Austria | February 20, 2013| Updated November 10, 2013
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
I mainly visit the other Boxing cat location at Yong Fu, as I like the bar and the restaurant better, but this location is also pretty good. They have almost the same beers. I like the Yunnan Amber Ale and the TKO IPA best, they have always seasonals (today 20.2.13 they have an imperial stout) The food is just ok. Boxing Cat is the best brewery in China.
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