Piccone – Hidden Rock Gem.

By Mark Andrews

City Weekend (Shanghai). 07/06/2007

Bar review of Piccone a no longer open live music venue in Shanghai’s Former French Concession.

Billed as a music pub, a band in fact only plays on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and seems to start late (10.30). When the regular band is not belting out a mixture of rock, jazz and blues there is a large screen showing various concerts with a not overbearing soundtrack. Strangely for a Puxi bar it is situated on the 2nd floor, in a difficult to find location (the entrance is actually on Dongping Road). Seating is split between tables and chairs, which look more suited to a restaurant, and a few sofa areas surrounded by white padded walls. Draft Asahi is on tap for Y30 and Wednesday is Ladies Night with free beer, wine, gin and vodka. This place is certainly different from the run of the mill Shanghai bars. What it is really lacking is people to give it a vibe.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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