This Shanghai Punch Bar Resembles an Old World Establishment

By: Rebecca Byers - Apr 6, 2015
References: en.neriandhu & dezeen
Steeped in nostalgic references to the city's past, this Shanghai Punch bar is an establishment specializing in one drink (its namesake) and the history of that drink. Punch is a glowing, timber-clad establishment located in Shanghai with an entrance made to resemble an alleyway.

Punch, which originates from a Sanskirt word for five, was named for its five traditional ingredients; alcohol, sugar, lemon, water and tea or spices. Given that punch was a popular sailor's drink first and then later served to the upper class at social events, the space unites these two histories.

Designed by Chinese studio Neri&Hu, this Shanghai punch bar is a charismatic space that uses several reclaimed materials to add to its antiquated, old world charm.