By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 09, 2021 at 3:01 PM

Starting tomorrow, guests at Shanghai, 2238 N. Farwell Ave., will be privy to an entirely new experience.

The Black Cat Alley speakeasy will reopen Thursday, June 9 with a brand new beverage director, menu and patio.

Longtime bar veteran Daniel Dufek will now be at the helm of both the covert bar and the Pharmacy Bar inside Crossroads Collective, bringing years of cocktail development and bar management  experience to the table.

“Shanghai is an intimate, unique space, capable of transporting our guests from an alley—albeit a cool, alleyway turned art gallery—to a different world or another time.”  noted Dufek in a release on the changes.

“Especially after the difficulties of the past year, we wanted to create a new menu that reflects that—with unique ingredients, bold preparations, and some things that feel a little more experimental.”

Under his purview, the speakeasy will feature a new upgraded menu featuring a new list of craft cocktails, beer and wines. Options will include summertime quaffs like Carrier Waves, a rum based cocktail with Heirloom Geney, snap pea syrup, lime and dill; and Champagne Problems, a brut-based drink with raspberry, lemon and cardamom. The bar has also added a unique collection of absinthes, offering something new for curious explorers and artful imbibers.

Shanghai will also introduce patio service thanks to an expansion into Black Cat Alley, allowing guests to take in the beautiful summer weather while surrounded by eye-catching art.

Shanghai is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m.  to 1 a.m.  Walk-ins are encouraged for both indoor and outdoor seating; the bar’s former reservation system will phase out by month’s end.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.