Local Watering Hole
Fresh from winning the title of ‘Best Cocktails’ at the That’s Shanghai 2013 awards, cocktail bar The Public proves as popular and beloved as ever, following its relocation this year from Sinan Mansion to its cosy new digs on Xiangyang Lu. Originally slated to be the sister to Beijing’s famed Apothecary bar, the rebranded The Public is instead a streamlined version of its former iteration, although it sticks true to the original concept: meticulous cocktail bar with a culinary focus on creole cuisine.
Order up a plate of their signature, finger-lickin’ fried chicken (or further indulge with the chicken n’ waffles), and peruse the drinks list on the ‘cocktail wall’, a white-brick column that lists each cocktail in diverse hand-drawn typography. The comprehensive list of the classics has Gin Rickeys, Sidecars, Mint Juleps and Sazeracs mixed to perfection by Yao Lu (formerly of The Alchemist) using all house-made bitters and syrups, and hand-chipped ice. Priding themselves on the ‘made from scratch’ quality of their ingredients, The Public extends this philosophy to their food, as well as to their décor, which features individually sourced mismatched chairs, a makeshift thick rope chandelier, and walls decorated with mirrors of various shapes and sizes. Fabulous ambiance, delightful food, and the best cocktails in town? It’s easy to see why this is the local go-to watering hole.