The Thirsty Seahorse was started by three partners—including two who have lived in New Zealand for 10 years running bars and cafes—who wanted to offer Shanghai a "dive bar fusion" option, and that's the perfect way to describe this low-key joint. With about a dozen tables in a room dotted with chalkboards boasting daily specials, The Thirsty Seahorse does a popular lunch set and afternoon tea during the daytime, and as evening settles in the Happy Hour gets into gear from 4 to 9 p.m. with a small selection of imported and domestic beers at reasonable prices. Tuesdays are especially popular with a 2-Burgers-2-beers for 100 rmb. Food items include pizzas, pastas and salads, and the clientele is just about half-half expats and Chinese. Evenings they'll have a DJ or live music, particularly on Saturdays. The Thirsty Seahorse doesn't notch in on the trendy see-and-be-seen bar scene, but there's plenty of options in that category, leaving this bar to clean up as a great place for a casual gathering of friends over decent food and drinks. The owners pride themselves on keeping prices affordable for guests.
205 Wulumuqi Nan Lu, near Zhaojiabang Lu, Xuhui
Our Rating Neighborhood Xuhui Hours Daily 11am–midnight Transportation Metro: Zhaojiabang Lu, 3-min. walk
Phone n/a Prices Beers and cocktails starting at 25 rmb Web site Thirsty Seahorse