Căn nhà thứ hai mang dáng vẻ quán bar ở Thượng Hải

các chủ doanh nghiệp cho biết xu hướng mới nổi này đem đến chốn dừng chân thân mật cho những người xa lạ cơ hội được gặp gỡ và hòa nhập cùng nhau, đồng thời là nơi trú ẩn an toàn cho những nhân viên vốn tất bật từ 9 giờ sáng đến 5 giờ chiều.


As the name suggests, a home bar is converted (chuyển đổi) from the owner’s personal residence (nhà ở). Most of those that have popped up in Shanghai in recent years charge an entrance fee (phí vào cửa), usually between 100 yuan and 300 yuan ($14-$42) depending on how busy it is. Once inside, patrons can drink as much as they like for free, with opening hours from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. As opposed to the hustle and bustle (tất bật) of Shanghai’s traditional nightspots (điểm vui chơi ban đêm), these bars have become popular hangouts for people looking for a more relaxed, light-hearted atmosphere.

As pop-up businesses run effectively by amateurs (nghiệp dư), home bars are free of some of the expectations (kỳ vọng) facing modern drinking holes, such as prioritizing (ưu tiên) mixology (pha chế). The owners or part-time staff, most of whom have little to no training, prepare drinks using cocktail recipes available online. Some even offer guests the opportunity to create their own unique concoctions (pha chế).

However, this relaxed atmosphere comes at a risk for owners. For a start, running an entertainment venue such as a bar, dance club, or karaoke club from a residential property is against city regulations. Although technically a gray area, going by the rules, home bars should be operated only in mixed-use buildings that permit residential and commercial (thương mại) activities.

...Home bars are primarily a Shanghai phenomenon (hiện tượng), but they can be found in other major cities across the country. A search for “home bar” using Dianping, China’s popular Yelp-like platform, returns one result in Beijing’s downtown Wudaokou neighborhood, although that’s actually a commercial bar decorated in the style of a living space. Two more in the capital have reportedly appeared on the platform (nền tảng) since the Spring Festival holiday in February.

Even during the Spring Festival holiday, One Place was welcoming at least 20 guests a night. Most were migrant workers from other areas of China who were unable to return home, either because of work commitments (cam kết) or because they had failed to secure a train ticket. Others were there to simply seek a break from their relatives.

For many, these bars are a home away from home (căn nhà thứ hai).

source: Sixth Tone,

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