The 5 Best Wine Bars to Visit in China
- On October 13, 2016
- By Loren Mayshark
- In Food and Drinks
China is poised to become the world’s largest consumer of wine by the end of 2016. China became the world’s top consumer of red wine in 2013. It suffices to say that wine has arrived in China. As wine culture continues to permeate the country, Chinese continue to look for places to enjoy wine. Wine bars have been popping up all over China to feed the growing demand by people who like to go out and enjoy the night by discovering new wines and revisiting old favorites. Of all the cities in China that are embracing wine culture, the wine bar scene is certainly biggest in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. If you visit these cities, you will certainly have ample opportunity to sample some great wine. But this list is dedicated to the five most fantastic wine bars in China where you can’t miss if searching for a perfect place to savor a glass of vino.
#1 Enoterra Shanghai
This bar is the original Enoterra, predating the sister wine bar in Beijing. It is the oldest wine bar in Shanghai and has a solid reputation for their selection and the expertise of their staff. They run a daily happy hour with deals on glasses of wine. Also, they offer a fabulous menu featuring delicious tapas which are a perfect accompaniment to a glass of crushed grapes including Salmon Tartar and homemade Foie gras.
53-57 Anfu Lu, near Changshu Lu
#2 Tastings Wine Bar Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a burgeoning wine scene that has produced numerous fantastic wine bars. Tastings are routinely rated among the absolute best wine bars in all of Hong Kong. If you visit this lively haunt, you will not have to wonder why it is so popular. The restrained modern interior is comfortable, and the emphasis of the entire operation is completely on the wine.
Tastings in the perfect destination for wine lovers who enjoy comparing and contrasting a variety of great wines. They feature forty of their 160+ wines at a time on their Enomatic wine dispenser. They pour full glasses (150 ml) as well as half glasses, and for those who would simply like a taste you can purchase 25 ml of wine to get a sense of its character before diving into a whole bottle.
Yuen Yick Building, 27-29 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
#3 Dr. Wine Shanghai
If you are in Shanghai and looking for the perfect place to escape for a glass of wine with your special someone, then look no further than Dr. Wine. The two-floor establishment is a sight to behold with exposed brick, beautiful leather furniture, and romantic lighting. The wine list is extensive, and it has something for the bargain hunter as well as the connoisseur looking for the perfect bottle of high-end French red.
177 Fumin Rd, Jing’an, Shanghai, China
#4 Enoterra Beijing
Riding high on the success of the original Enoterra in Shanghai, Enoterra Beijing has become the wine bar in China’s capital city. Established in 2007 by two wine importation companies, Enoterra is committed to bringing the finest wine from around the world to their guests’ glasses. The candle-lit intimate setting makes it an ideal place to unwind with a date after a full day of seeing the sights of Beijing. They run a daily happy hour from 4-8 PM when they offer 50% off of wines by the glass, which is the perfect way to whet your appetite before dinner.
With over 100 carefully selected bottles to choose from, there is something for everyone. Also, the staff at Enoterra is passionate about wine and happy to share their vast knowledge with guests. It is no wonder why Time Out Beijing says that in the capital city this popular haunt “is heads and shoulders above the competition.”
Sanlitun, Beijing D405 Nali Patio
#5 SPOON Hong Kong
Spoon has an excellent reputation for outstanding French cuisine. But this restaurant, located at the Intercontinental Hotel in Hong Kong, has become equally famous for their wine selection. Visitors need not reserve a table to enjoy their selection of over 550 wines from all corners of the globe. There is an open bar where guests can sit and enjoy a bottle of superb wine and see where the night leads.
Intercontinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
A Final Word on Wine Bars
The proliferation of good wine bars in China is a sign of the times. As wine continues to grow in popularity in the nation, there are more ways to enjoy the coveted beverage. Most major cities in China now have at least one wine bar but the three cities mentioned in this article are the center of the action when it comes to drinking at wine bars. However, there are many other amazing wine experiences to be had if you venture into wine regions such as Ningxia and Shandong where you can tipple right at the vineyards. No matter how you like to enjoy wine, China has something new and exciting for you to enjoy.
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He has written for The Permaculture Research Institute and Uisio among other prominent outlets.
He is the author of Death: An Exploration (2016). For more visit his official website: www.lorenmayshark.com