Free Soul.

By Mark Andrews

City Weekend (Shanghai). 18/08/2005

Bar review of the original Free Soul location in Shanghai.

A visit to a local bar often means selling your soul to the devil as you walk in to some dingy bar with rather dubious looking girls lurking in the shadows. A bar nestled on the more respectable (Yanan Xi Lu) end of Fahuazhen Lu aims to change all this by freeing your soul. Affable manageress Sky aims to create a relaxed place for people to hang out. She says she “wants it to be like a home bar.” And in many ways it is. Customers often take over the music system, choosing from the eclectic selection of CDs. The amicable, English speaking, staff treat customers as friends. Despite being only open a few weeks a growing band of regulars have already been attracted.

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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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