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Taste Migas’ Culinary Highlights Over the Past 6 Years
It’s hard to believe that Migas has been around for 6 years in Beijing given what a great job they do continually reinvigorating and refreshing the food, bar and rooftop. It’s true what they say – time really does fly when you’re having this much fun (at Migas!). That being said, never look a gift horse in the mouth, it’s party time!
In line with the “Migas style” of doing things, they are throwing a weekend long celebration for their 6th anniversary and are offering up 2 big parties on their rooftop, 2 food events including a Pintxo-Pote deal and a special 6-course menu for the 6 year birthday starting this Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27th.
“One more anniversary! Being in the Beijing scene for six years is a big milestone, and we could not be more grateful. To every single person who has had a fun night on the rooftop with a drink in hand, or a memorable meal in the restaurant with tasty bites… Thank you! You keep us inspired and motivated. It’s been six wonderful years and we have no intention of slowing down! See you at the anniversary celebrations!” – Team Migas
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I am coining a new adjective in this post: Beijingy. Bar 4 Nine 泗酒城 is really Beijingy.
It represents the flourishing of something that I have hoped to see for the entirety of my time in Beijing. Local Beijingers, skilled and knowledgeable with regards to the modern, but proud of their heritage putting forth really high quality products in a thoughtful, quaint atmosphere.
Bar 4 Nine is named after an old name for the city – the 4 representing the 4 inner gates to the Forbidden City and the 9 being the 9 outer gates that now follow the circular Line 2 Subway. A bar created between 3 owners (2 Chinese bartenders and an American), the one who created the concept for the bar is an old Beijinger (old as in he is local – 老北京, not in reference to his age as he is quite young!) and wanted to demonstrate that China may well be modernising and adopting Western habits, but Chinese culture still has a lot to offer.
Located above a chicken restaurant just south of Xianlaoman Dumpling House 馅老满- the best way to find it is to look for the large red “鸡” sign that hangs outside on Andingmen Nei Dajie – then walk through the restaurant and up the stairs in the back. But if you are coming to the bar after 10PM (after the chicken restaurant closes), then note that they do remove the illuminating 鸡 signage and replace it with their own nicely branded sign.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Hot Tips | Tags: Bar Bites, Black Truffle Martini, Botany, Buddha's Hand, crafty cocktails, Domus, Frankie Zou, homemade aperitifs, homemade bitters, homemade infused liquors, Ichikura, Maison Boulud, Sangfroid, Sanlitun, Temple Restaurant Beijing (TRB), The Den, Tokyo Bay, TRB, Yongli Guoji Apartment Complex | 4 Comments »
Beijing’s bar scene has been hit hard recently, with the closure of Ichikura, The Den and several other stalwarts. But as ever with the city, development continues unabated. And with that in mind, I have the honour of presenting to you, what I think has the potential to be the bar known for having the best cocktails in Beijing.
I was privileged to be invited to an exclusive tasting by owner Frankie Zou. Frankie has previously worked for Maison Boulud, TRB and Domus, so rest assured, this is no upstart. Botany is the name of a company Frankie set up in 2009 in order to create much of the product that he wanted and needed for his cocktail making. Now, it has been transformed into his very own bar.
Located in the Yongli Guoji apartments (NOT the shopping center portion!), Botany is very reminiscent of a speakeasy. You will not find this place unless Frankie wants you to! Pray that he does though, because it is incredible.
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Scarlet A is a Welcome Addition to Gulou’s Growing Bar Scene
After a long Friday working remotely out of Cafe Zarah, I was ready for a drink to get my weekend started. But with a low tolerance for alcohol, I need to make every cocktail count. There are so many bars popping up around town and Scarlet A was on my hit list of new places to try. Conveniently located just a few doors down from Cafe Zarah, on the main road of Gulou Dongdajie, you’d think this would be an easy spot and yet I still managed to walk past it.
So take this lesson learned from me and remember what the entrance looks like (photo below) because the sign for this speakeasy cocktail bar is clearly not meant to stand out (it doesn’t even come out in my photo). Something to look out for and help you spot the door is the wooden staircase that leads into Scarlet A. Stepping inside, don’t be fooled by the floor to ceiling steel shelf – it’s a sliding door that pulls from right to left and opens into a sleek bar with illuminated shelves to spotlight their bottle selection. But with only a few bar stools in this space, you can continue through another sliding door, that leads into a mini open courtyard space, that leads into their main lounge area. A cozy space that seats about 20, there’s a sofas on one side of the room with a few stools and arm chairs.
LDS Snapshots of Scarlet A:
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8-Bit: Complete with Video Games Galore, Craft Beer + Sushi
Located on the north end of Beiluoguxiang, near the 2nd ring road, 8-Bit is a novel concept for Beijing.
“Beijing’s first retro game bar, 8-BIT provides comfortable surroundings, a full array of quality alcohol and, of course, a classic lineup of 80s and 90s consoles, games and competitions. Providing genuine retro gaming on original old-skool consoles (none of that simulator bullsh*t), 8 BIT Bar has invested in collectible, fully working versions of vintage favorites like the NES, SNES, Atari, Mega Drive and the (Super) Game Boy.” - 8-Bit’s Facebook Page
Spread over 3 floors, it is a video gaming bar, another video gaming bar and a rooftop terrace. The ground floor has Arrow Factory beers on tap and a selection of 7 different gaming options including N64, Gamecube, PlayStation 2 amongst others.
LumDimSum | Filed under: Bars & Nightlife, Hot Tips | Tags: 1949-The Hidden City, Boris Steiner, Cobain Fu, Long Jing, Mr. Zhao, South Sanlitun, Vincent Dong | 6 Comments »
Long Jing Tea House/CockTeal Lounge in South Sanlitun
Last weekend was the private opening of Beijing’s coolest new lounge bar in South Sanlitun and it’s about to give all their neighbors something to talk about.
Located just across from the entrance of south Sanlitun’s 1949- The Hidden City and around the corner from Pop-Up Beijing is a brand new venue called Long Jing, which will be open as a Chinese tea house by day and transforms into a pumpin’ “cockTeal” (aka cocktails made with tea) lounge by night. It’s the superhero venue Beijing has been waiting for and just in time for the holidays!
Since it’s not yet open to the public (soft opening begins December 14th), I have an insider named Boris Steiner who was kind enough to lend me his time to give LDS the scoop about this new spot which is bound to attract quite a lot of attention from both tea lovers and cocktail guzzlers alike.
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