Guangzhou Bar Review: Seven Club

By Matthew Bossons, January 13, 2020

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Zhongchuanhui Creative Park is undergoing something of a renaissance. Once the home of indoor basketball courts and a smattering of Chinese restaurants, the entertainment zone, which is located just a short walk from Haizhu’s second coolest party area, Taigucang Wharf, now plays host to several bars, a cinema complex, cat cafe, McDonald’s and a pretty swell Japanese restaurant.

The newest addition to the area: a bar known simply as Seven Club. Located across from Korean eatery Jiangnan Benjia, Seven Club is a welcome addition to the creative park’s budding drinking scene.

Spacious and with ample indoor and outdoor seating, Seven Club has modeled itself off the ‘Commune model,’ with bottles of beer or spirits chosen and paid for in a semi-enclosed area decked out with stand-up coolers. There are craft suds and big-batch beer from around the world, as well as an ample supply of the ‘hard stuff’ – ranging from scotch to soju and everything in between. Beer prices are reasonable, although high-end whiskeys are predictably pricey.  

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Folks looking to avoid the intoxicating effects of alcohol can choose from a variety of non-alcoholic beverages, ranging from mocktails and juice to hot chocolate.

For those that enjoy a little sustenance while hitting the bottle, Seven Club offers a range of affordably priced edible options. We start our visit with an order of the beer-battered fish fillet (RMB32), which comes in bite-sized chunks and drizzled with a mystery sauce (which we think is a type of sesame dressing). Strangely, both the species of fish used in the dish and the sauce are a mystery to service staff, but we enjoy it nonetheless (although we prefer the classic tartar sauce with our fried fish).

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The wild mushroom and bacon pasta with truffle sauce (RMB38) is another dish we’ll order again, with a creamy, umami sauce and an honorable pasta-to-meat-and-fungi ratio. The Thai-style seafood fried rice (RMB38) and the German sausage, black truffle and wild mushroom pizza (RMB42) are both passable, although we’ll probably pass on them on our next visit.

In addition to the aforementioned dishes, Seven Club’s menu also features steak and salmon plates.

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Overall, we enjoy Seven Club and are willing to wager that it is the top drinking spot in the Zhongchuanhui Creative Park (a low bar to pass, to be fair) and possibly even the Shayuan area at large. While it could be argued the establishment is a bit of a Commune copycat, we find the service prompter and staff more attentive than at Commune. We also found Seven Club’s open, beerhall-like main space to be more jovial and, well, communal. 

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Also, there is a beer pong table, which is pretty rad – if you ask us, anyway.

Price: RMB75-100 per person
Who’s going: people not willing to cab to the nearest Commune location
Good for: beers, mocktails, passable pub grub at a reasonable price
Nearest metro: Shayuan (Exit B), 10 minutes

Open daily, 10-3am; see listing for Seven Club.

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