Once a seedy spot with plenty of neon-lit bars and nightclubs, Found 158 finds new life as an F&B hub
Once a seedy pit of neon-lit bars and raucous nightclubs, a redevelopment on Julu Road, near the Chengdu Road intersection, has been turned into Found 158, a gathering point for locals who’ve sniffed out new openings from some of Shanghai’s most well-known F&B names. With venues including a new home for the city’s longest-running jazz club and a bar where drinks come with a touch of magic, the vibe at Found 158 can range from quiet lounge to full-blown block party. There’s something for everyone. Here’s a way to navigate it on a weekend night.
Start at Boteco, a Brazilian-style tapas bar with riffs on feijoada, a classic stew, reimagined as a croquette, and the gooey and meaty mortadella com queijo, Sao Pãolo’s best-known sandwich.
Swim through the crowds to Hooked, a bright and airy fish-and-chip shop with high-quality ingredients and one of Found 158’s busiest outdoor terraces. Directly opposite, the French Café des Stagiaires is a close contender for the strongest buzz.
JZ Club, the city’s oldest jazz club, relocated here a few months ago, after over a decade in the former French Concession. Catch local acts like Coco Zhao, or duck into part-cocktail bar, part-magic show Blackstone Magic Bar for drinks that come with a side of close-up trickery.
What could be better than a proper slice of New York-style pizza to soak up the night’s drinks? Homeslice does excellent pizzas by the slice until 2am. The white pizza, made with a garlicky Parmesan cream, is the perfect indulgence before heading home.
How to get there
Hop on buses 518, 537 or 930 and alight at the People’s East Guangchangguang Road stop. Walk for five minutes to arrive at Found 158.
Photos by Yu Shenli / ImagineChina