© Linehouse / Photography: Dirk Weiblen

As in any other major city, the hospitality scene in Shanghai is in a constant flux. And also, given its sheer size, you could indulge yourself at a new spot every day of the week. Not surprisingly, the city is home to a demographic of both savvy entrepreneurs and patrons whose cross-pollination results in a growing number of cool hangouts. In the latter category falls Bird (1), a laid-back diner in the Changshu Lu neighbourhood, founded by Camden Hauge, Warren Pang and Lobin Tjia, an international trio with a combined background in hospitality, advertising and mixology.

The entrepreneurs tapped local practice Linehouse to create a matching interior for their informal yet stylish dining concept. A distinct 1970s retro feel marks the premises, captured by a modest palette of wood and rattan that’s offset by the rawness of the bare concrete ceiling. The bar counter continues through the space and lines the walls as a standing leaner and wraps in front of the window. An open kitchen window allows guests to steal peeks at the food preparation behind the wine counter. The walls are lined with blackboards and mirrors, and the latter optically enlarges the space.  The menu at Bird lists may be concise, but lists delectable fusion dishes from across the planet, matched with a tightly curated wine list.

And that’s not all. The restaurant comes with a smaller sister establishment right next door. and which is situated across the road. Called Bitter (2), it occupies a larger space and featuring a similar decor, but here it’s paired with both an exposed concrete ceiling and flooring of the same material. A café by day and cocktail bar by night, it boasts an open dining room which allows an easy transition from daytime to early evening cocktails. Location (1): Bird, 50 Wuyuan Lu (Changshu Lu). Location (2): Bitter, 58 Wuyuan Lu (Changsha Lu).

© Linehouse / Photography: Dirk Weiblen