The lowdown: Cages is the biggest sports bar in Shanghai bar none. All seats are well placed in front of one of its 70 screens, with the biggest ones at 100 inches hanging commandingly behind the bar. Almost all sports are represented – there are instances when one screen has Italian football, another with US-Open quarter finals and another with NBA or a boxing fight. If your team is losing, get away from the action with a plethora of sport-related activities. There are batting cages dotted around the venue, a pool hall, putting simulators and a 400-square-metre turf soccer field.
Go for: Cages is by nature an American bar that draws tons of customers from its country of heritage. They annually host huge Super Bowl parties that require ticketing. With the NFL kicking on with plans to start the new regular season in September, you can bank on Cages to deliver a fantastic viewing experience for all NFL fanatics.
What’s on the menu: Jason Oakley is behind the kitchen, throwing down rotating special nights like barbecue and deep dish pizza. The Major League Nachos (98RMB) can easily feed four people. Budweiser is currently the cheapest draft (40RMB) and they have a variety of craft beers on tap including Boxing Cat and Brewdog. The blueberry margaritas (88RMB) are also unsuspectingly delicious.
Commentary: Cages always has commentary – mostly for the main game screening, which you can hear all over the venue. Less in-demand games on smaller screens generally take a back seat.