With the World Cup on the horizon we’re expecting a lot of Shanghai watering holes to convert into ‘sports bars’ over night, only to revert straight back after the final match. The Camel, however, is no mirage; this place is purpose-built for fans of just about every sport. The walls are festooned in the requisite clutter of sports memorabilia, there’s free foosball, billiards and darts and no vantage point is without a TV screen boasting every channel conceivable (they’ve even put one in the gents so you don’t miss a single play). And if your team gets trounced, you can retire to the back room and meditate on your dashed hopes on one of their comfy leather couches. The only hump we can’t get over is their drink prices. Offerings are a touch steep – prices hover around the RMB50 mark. But you can get around this by getting trolleyed during their half-priced happy hours from 4-8pm. Check websitefor events. Daily 11am-2am. All cards. 1 Fenyang Lu, 
by Yueyang Lu (6437 9446) 岳阳路1号, 近汾阳路

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