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Free Soul

Reviewed by Shanghaiexpat

Free Soul
1221 Changle Rd, Xuhui, Shanghai
Changning District
phone: +86 21 5403 5521
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As you walk into some dingy local bar with rather dubious looking girls lurking in the shadows, you may feel that you’re selling your soul to the devil. But a bar nestled on the more respectable (Yanan Xi Lu) end of Fahuazhen Lu aims to change all this by freeing your soul with good company and a homey atmosphere. The affable manageress Sky says she wants to create a bar that’s essentially a home away from home. And in many ways it is. Customers often take over the music system, choosing from the eclectic selection of CDs, while the amicable, English-speaking staff, converse with customers like friends.

Despite being open only a few weeks, this two-storey establishment has already attracted a growing band of regulars. The bright, airy downstairs bar area, despite having somewhat uncomfortable park-bench seating, ropes clients in with its fooseball table. While upstairs, the bar is fitted out with comfortable sofas and opium-style couches surrounding a pool table. The reasonably priced drinks keep people coming back. If you’re taking it easy on the alcohol, the bar brews up a surprisingly large selection of coffee – definitely a place for all sorts of souls.




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