A good friend of mine is planning to set up a wine bar in Shanghai. Although he is Chinese and pretty well connected, he has not been able to find a good property yet. He has been using Chinese agents, but they somehow seem to miss out on the best locations. During the past couple of months some new bars popped up in locations that he is looking for, but he did not hear about them on time. Most of these bars are run by foreigners, who seem to be able to scout these places before the Chinese agents do, which makes me wonder if there is some sort of hidden channel that I am not aware of?
If you know a good location for a wine bar, please drop me a line (email or comments) and I will put you in touch with him. What he is looking for:
– size 100-150 square meters
– location: French Concession or the area around the Portman Ritz-Carlton. If you know a place in a different location in Puxi not too far from big office buildings that might also be OK.
– price RMB 15,000-25,000
I am sure you’ll get a good bottle of wine if he finds the right place through you.
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