Party-goers at Found 158. Photo via Facebook.
Be prepared for more destinations like Found 158, as Shanghai moves its bar and food streets into more managed settings.
According to Shanghai Daily, The city wants to regulate its nightlife by moving them away from residential areas and into venues that would attract less complaints.
To do so, Shanghai’s commission of commerce has set up “demonstration zones,” and Found 158 on Julu Road is one of them.
Since the closure of bars along Yongkang Road in 2016, which was shut down due to residents complaining of noise, fights, and unruly patrons for many years, venues like El Luchador (now called El Santo), Le Cafe des Stagiaires, and Zapfler fled to Found 158. The underground plaza, which borders Yan’an Elevated Road, now boasts nearly 20 bars and restaurants with a vibrant, mostly expat crowd in weekends.
Former crowd along Yongkang Road. Photo via Facebook.
Bars aren’t the only ones being moved into more controlled areas. Another demonstration zone is Zhoupu Night Market in Pudong, which took in about 40 refugees after police cracked down on 300 food vendors who formerly gathered on Nianjiabang and Kangshen roads at night. Reviews are mostly positive on Dianping, with one calling it “lively and clean.”
The city will monitor these zones for now and will eventually draft up guidelines governing the city’s nightlife. With Laowai Jie potentially going the way of Yongkang Road, could Xianfeng Street be the next rubber-stamped location?