Pocho Social Club
In modern American slang, the word ‘pocho’ refers to an Americanised Mexican, a formerly pejorative term that has recently lost its negative slant and evolved to represent one who embraces both cultures – so it’s little surprise to learn that Shanghai’s new Pocho Social Club comes courtesy of ‘Texan-by-way-of-Mexico’ owner Jake, who sought to recreate the convivial ambiance of the quintessential Latin American bar with PSC’s opening last autumn. Spread over three floors of an old lanehouse, the space is simply decorated and unpretentious – think warm woods, brick walls, spiral staircase – all the better to keep the focus squarely on both the company (this is a social club, after all!) and the menu, which is as traditionally Tex-Mex as it gets.
Bites like nachos and quesadillas with mole pair perfectly with the mainly tequila based tipples – and it’s worth putting aside any negative connotations existing, as the bar uses only 100% agave tequila from various high quality labels. The drinks list is divided between ‘American’ and ‘Mexican’ cocktails, with the latter serving up the more unique-to-Shanghai options like the Chavela, with Dos Equis, tequila and lime juice, or the Batanga, tequila and coke with lime juice, both with requisite salted rim. Or else try the traditional Michelada, with beer, lime juice, tomato juice, Tapatio chili sauce and a dash of fish sauce – also known as Mexico’s Bloody Mary. Salud!
376 Jianguo Xi Lu / +86 21 5419 8727 / from 7pm daily / shanghaipocho.com