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A round of drinks with your round of golf

06-21-2010 17:22 BJT

As concept bars go, the latest slick venture from restaurateur David Laris will take some beating.

Urban 18 attempts to merge the pleasures of golf with the atmosphere and luxury associated with a contemporary lounge and restaurant.
Urban 18 attempts to merge the pleasures of golf with the atmosphere and luxury
associated with a contemporary lounge and restaurant.

Urban 18 attempts to merge the pleasures of golf with the atmosphere and luxury associated with a contemporary lounge and restaurant.

Urban 18 has a large open kitchen and the food on offer includes a reasonably priced English-style breakfast
Urban 18 has a large open kitchen and the food on offer includes a reasonably
priced English-style breakfast

Quality Laris-esque food and beverages are all present and correct, but most eye-catching are the six virtual golf simulators offering replicas of the greens at over 70 world-famous golf courses. Patrons are naturally invited to play a "round" themselves. When asked what makes Urban 18 so distinctive, marketing manager Phil Boyle comments: "Essentially it's the golf side of things. No other venue in Shanghai offers this kind of service. It has been a big success in London, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and a lot of other cities; now it's Shanghai's turn."

The internationally-renowned chef David Laris says of his new creation: "There's a little something for everyone. There is a real need for a concept like Urban 18 that brings the sport to the city, a perfect place to be part of a community."

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