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Where to get the Hai-Alai gossip in Old Shanghai – The Barcelona…

Posted: August 5th, 2019 | No Comments »

The Barcelona restaurant was virtually opposite the hai-alai fronton at 305 Avenue Roi Albert (Shaanxi Road South)…it was very popular with both hai-alai fans and players….There was a small dance floor for anyone who wanted to dance with the notoriously handsome Basque hai-alai players…

This Barcelona is not to be confused with another joint called the Barcelona – a Jewish-run cafe-bar up in Hongkew that had a good amateur football team that hung out there and served excellent goulash and nockerl dumplings apparently.

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