The current version in the Shanggu restaurant complex is actually the second generation of Hank's. The original incarnation, known as the Upper Deck, closed in 2006. Anyone who can remember that locale will be pleased to know that Hank's maintains the authentic American atmosphere, but dispenses with the vast cavernous open spaces that managed to categorise the old version. Hank's is certainly small, but this works to ensure that it feels cosy and atmospheric, and also helps to create a definite sense of community. Hanks is bedecked with a clear American theme. The walls are covered in sports memorabilia and jerseys, and the actual bar has a traditional small town feel. This atmosphere continues with the food and drinks on offer as well as with the entertainment. The beer is made up of local brews such as Tsingtao, but also features plenty of imported favourites either on tap or in bottles. The food is some of the best American cuisine on offer in Tianjin – or any other city in China for that matter. Many of the appetisers, such as the nachos, are fantastic and there is also a great array of burgers and steaks. Hanks is also keen to mark any special American holiday or occasion. There are 4th of July parties, Thanksgiving dinners and even Super Bowl Sunday – although that one is always tough going because of the time difference..
I have had the western style breakfast and the American Burger at Hanks. Both are quite adequate as far as the portion and the taste is authentic. Well worth it for the money. The place attracts an eclectic crowd of English speaking Americans, Aussies, Brits and others. Plenty of Aussie rules football and European premier league soccer to watch. Hank is a golfer and will rent you golf clubs as well.