Two university friends from Milan paired up to launch this leather-chair-and-wood-floors spot in a part of the city center popular with hip young barhoppers. You’ll find good value here in an intimate atmosphere, which is getting harder to find as Shanghai’s nightlife scene expands rapidly. Uva’s menu boasts a healthy selection of wine by the bottle, alongside 15 selections by the glass that range from 35 to 50 rmb, which are very affordable for Shanghai. The place is often packed, although it’s the drinks and atmosphere rather than the food that draw the crowds (basic pizzas, pastas, and meat-and-cheese cold plates are on offer). Owners Ivan and Piercarlo pride themselves on not having to advertise or hold happy hours; instead, they've opted to create what they call a “new culture around wine” which is simple, non-commercial, and affordable, and they've succeeded.
Uva Wine Bar
819 Shanxi Bei Lu, Puxi, Shanghai
Our Rating Neighborhood Shanxi Bei Lu at Kangding Lu Hours 6 p.m.-late Transportation Metro: Changping Road Phone 21-5228-0320 Prices 35 rmb house wines, food menu 50-100 rmb per person Cuisine Type Italian Web site Uva Wine Bar