Koala Bar – Not quite the land down under.

By Mark Andrews

City Weekend (Shanghai).

Bar review of Koala Bar on Shanghai’s Huai Hai Xilu.

A kitschy neon koala sign, framed photos of Australia, a didgeridoo and a couple of boomerangs on the wall does not necessarily make an Australian bar. Sure the menu has meat pies but who gives a XXXX when there is no VB. Make no mistake, this is a local bar with Australiana tacked on. As such it is not a bad place. Friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere make it a good meeting spot. A free pool table and big screen sports add to the ambience. Cocktails range from Y30-50 and there is the ubiquitous tapped Tiger. Tuesday nights sees draught beer, gin, vodka and rum at Y20. As fair dinkum Australian as a panda wearing a cork hat but as a local bar it’s bonza enough.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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