Into the soothing darkness: People 7
By Namrita Chow (Shanghai Star )
Updated: 2006-05-25 11:56 Walk along the road, past cycles and cigarette sellers. Do not look for a
sign, there is none. Look instead for darkness; the darkest entrance to a
building. Look on the floor for a sign. If you see an image created by light on
the dusty, murky, grey-stone non-committal floor, you have found People 7.
Up the dimly lit steps and you reach a wall with a collection of tube like
holes. It seems like a dead end. You try, as we all do when faced with the
uncertain, to make sense out of this nonsense. There is however a secret. A
secret code which lies in the order in which you put your arms into the tubes.
It would be telling what this code is, but truth be told if you attempt various
possibilities you do finally find that a wall opens. Open Sesame!
Inside it has maintained its charm as a calm, chill-out lounge bar. Soft grey
sofas and dimly lit tables. The bar is long and well stocked, staff walk around
with blinking lights and pens with torches to help them get your order amidst
the serene dim lighting.
Bowls filled with dry ice, steam away. Within these bowls lie the must-have
People 7 concoction. Test-tubes filled with cocktails, frozen in the ice. Soft
conversations drift through the room. It is a place where you go when you want
to talk; or look into someone's eyes where they cannot tell in the darkness how
many drinks you might have had.
The snacks are minimal, but the People 7 restaurant upstairs does keep
serving till mid-night, which is rare in Shanghai and something that many who
have a few cocktails would do well to remember.
People 7 has been open a few years, and has remained a popular bar. It is a
cool fusion of Chinese and Japanese influences, with minimalist food, chilled
ambience and sleek service.
Warning: Remember the codes and secrets, well; you need to solve another if
you want to go to the loo. Don't be put off; because once you do get in, the
light only comes on if you lock the door. Many a friend has been too scared to
lock the door and so have been stuck in People 7's loo in darkness.
Location: No.805, Jululu (by Fuminlu)