Helen’s is exactly like Perry’s except turned down a couple of notches. It’s a bit smaller, with tables prioritised over dancing space, and the menu includes beers in bottles or three litre ‘tubes’, Bacardi Breezers, and shisha (50RMB, peach or mint). Plus there’s the constant rattling of punters playing liar’s dice – so you may as well learn the rules and join in. And despite the glowing ‘only for youth’ sign outside, it’s a noticeably older crowd than Windows. A spot for a feel-good drinking session with the chance of encountering vomit in the bathroom.
Apart from this flagship on Maoming Bei Lu and the branch near Fudan University being the most popular, there are also two other branches on Jinshajiang Lu and Xinhui Lu - and now over 200 stores altogether across the country.