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The Hut

Updated:2008-06-05 10:20 | Source:

  Hours: Open Daily 5pm - Late

  Address: No.385, Yongjia Lu, Shanghai

  Phone: +86 (0)21 3401 0958

  There is nothing I like more than being able walk into a bar with jeans and a long sleeve t-shirt, pay 20RMB for a (big) beer, play Chinese dice, and leave not feeling like I had to do any work to be there. That, in a nutshell, is The Hut. And while The Hut is my neighborhood bar, its also definitely a destination bar. It enjoys perfect location right in the heart of the French Concession with great happy hour specials. It boasts a cool look in a cozy way with comfy couches and table seating, and there is even a private room for those who want to have some quiet time with the option of karaoke. Best of all, The Hut’s energetic owner is simply dedicated. He is there every night greeting his guests; you just want to support him.

  The bar only opened about three months ago, but is already catching on amongst the French Concession crowd. Don’t worry though. At this point you won’t have any trouble finding a seat in the tiny space. The owner is also slowly introducing live music to his weekly schedule, and while it might be random at first (Saturday night is your best bet), it’s definitely worth checking out. Last Saturday night we heard a fantastic Chinese duo play guitars while singing classic (NOT cheesy) American and British songs with perfect accents! Every other night the music played is primarily Jazz, including names such as Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong. On late weekend nights the music turns more contemporary and the crowd livens up.

  The Hut is a great choice for happy hour stop after an afternoon of walking around the French Concession. The bar also works for a group of friends seeking a low-key night out that won’t break the bank.

  How to get there: The closest subway stop is Hengshan Lu on Metro Line 1. Take the Yongjia Lu exit and head east (a left on Yongjia Lu out of the exit). Walk about 15 minutes until passing Taiyuan Lu where The Hut will be on the right side of the street.

Editor : Zhu Xinrui

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