The wine drinking scene Shanghai is due for a revival – when's the last time you went to a wine bar that you couldn't stop talking about, or actually wanted to go back to? We've found one for you: enter QV with its mission to get the grape grind back on track and become your next favourite Jingan watering hole.
From the Mediterranean-minded Popolo group (Gemma, Bar Centrale, Alimentari, BUCO), QV is hot on the heels of the growing gastrolounge movement; a one-stop shop for both good booze and good food. The low lit space’s style welcomes a slightly wiser crowd than Café de Stagiaires a few doors down – it’s got that dark wood industrial wine cellar look going on, with bottles displayed as vertical artwork across textured cement walls.
Alongside carefully curated wines by the bottle and glass, there’s hot and cold tapas plates that lean Italian: charcuterie and cheese boards bearing gold from gourmet sister shop Alimentari, cones of mixed fried seafood, breaded balls of eggplant and parmesan, a tender ossobucco and the model burrata Popolo’s venues are famed for.
By Elysia Bagley