Café Society, a new restaurant and bar in Shenzhen, is a tribute to the legendary nightspot that defined the bohemian scene of New York City during the 1930s and 40s. The term “Café Society” originated in the 1920s in Paris and referred to a group of artists, writers, and intellectuals who gathered in the city’s cafés to discuss art, music, and culture.
The original Café Society opened its doors in New York City’s Greenwich Village in 1938. It was founded by Barney Josephson, a progressive Jewish businessman who wanted to create a nightclub that was free of racial segregation and discrimination. It quickly became a hotbed of cultural and social activity, attracting artists, musicians, and intellectuals of all races and backgrounds. The club featured live jazz music, comedy acts, and satire, and it was one of the first venues in the city to feature African American performers, such as Billie Holiday and Lena Horne.
The legacy continued throughout the 1940s, but the club closed its doors in 1950.
Café Society in Shenzhen pays homage to this iconic institution by recreating its bohemian and progressive spirit in a modern setting, right in the Cultural heart of Futian, at 1368 Shuiwei Village, featuring a diverse menu of food and drinks, live music, and a lively atmosphere that celebrates art, culture, and social interaction.
Café Society’s design was inspired by the Bauhaus architecture and design style, which prioritizes function over form and minimalism over ornamentation. This style emerged in Germany in the early 20th century and still resonates today. Café Society’s interior features clean lines, simple geometric shapes, and modern materials such as steel, glass, and concrete. The furniture is also inspired by the Bauhaus style, with round back, black leather chairs, and square tables. The restaurant’s design creates a modern interpretation of the classic Bauhaus aesthetic with a slightly different flavor.
Our restaurant showcases a stunning display of local art and décor that reflects the vibrant culture and creative energy of Shenzhen. All pieces have been carefully curated from Shenzhen-based artists and tell a unique story. Among the standout pieces is a panoramic mural capturing the cityscape of Shennan Road, and a series of colorful prints inspired by the city’s natural beauty and urban energy. Our décor features sleek and modern designs, with tableware chosen to match. We hope our art and décor will enhance your dining experience, adding an extra dimension of enjoyment.
Our menu boasts a wide array of delectable options including juicy steaks, burgers, pizza, pasta, and salads – with vegetarian options available. One of our signature dishes is the Hamburger Sliders, perfect for sharing or as a starter, and we also offer vegetarian and vegan burger options. Our pizzas and pasta dishes are made with fresh ingredients and can be customized to your liking. Our head chef, Frances Li, has years of experience in the local restaurant scene and creates artistic and delicious dishes. Complement your meal with our great selection of drinks, including classic cocktails and fine wines. Whether you’re dining with family or friends, our cozy atmosphere will make your experience unforgettable.
The coffee at Cafe Society is made from only the highest quality coffee beans roasted to bring out their unique flavors and aromas. We believe that coffee is not just a beverage but an experience. That’s why we take great care in selecting the finest coffee beans available. Our goal is to provide you with the best coffee experience possible, and we’re confident that you’ll leave our cafe feeling satisfied and rejuvenated.
Inspired by the original Café society of the 1930s, we offer a unique and refreshing experience where customers can indulge in a range of eclectic and avant-garde music styles. We take our music policy seriously, aiming to provide a setting that enhances the overall dining and drinking experience, with a diverse range of music genres available, including jazz, blues, alternative rock, and jazz inspired electronic music, as well as world music and other types. We are committed our live music and offer a platform for both established and emerging artists to grace our stage. The ambiance of the venue complements the music, with seating arrangements that cater to intimate and social settings. Café Society believes that music is an essential part of the dining and drinking experience, making it a cornerstone of our venue.
Overall, Café Society offers a unique and exciting dining and entertainment experience that pays tribute to one of the most important cultural institutions in American history. By bringing the spirit of the original Café Society to a new generation of diners and revelers, this establishment continues its legacy of art, culture, and even comedy, in a new, modern setting.