Shanghai’s reputation as an emerging oenophile destination – and certainly China’s wine hub – has been steadily growing in recent years, thanks in large part to a slew of chic wine-focused bar and restaurant openings across the city. Joining Bund-side beauties Choir
, Napa Wine Bar & Kitchen
and reported inspiration Dr Wine in Jing'an, new kid on the Xiangyang Bei Lu block Project Wine offers a contemporary, industrial take on the traditional wine bar aesthetic, where the fun, easygoing atmosphere and on-trend design are as much in the spotlight as the layman-friendly pours.
The brainchild of the three members of local all-female jazz group The Fat Lips (Liz Yuan, Sarah Chen and Jessie Hao), Project Wine offers up a concise menu of both Old and New World wines by the glass and bottle including Marquis de Castellande Bordeaux and Marquis de Beau Rond Chardonnay.
Two coolly fit-out floors, created in conjunction with French designer Thomas Austerveil, set the scene with soaring ceilings, exposed ductwork, polished concrete floors, repurposed furniture and vintage fittings, while a small and share plate menu featuring pizza and charcuterie, plus nightly 2-4-1 happy hour specials keep the finger-on-the-pulse crowd coming and buzzing. Advanced wine appreciation it may not quite be, but this Project is a sure pour for social butterflies and date-nighters alike.