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Parlor is the Go-To Lounge for Theme Parties and Pretty Cocktails
I wasn’t in town when Parlor first opened early January 2014 with a Great Gatsby-themed grand opening party, but I remember feeling very left out when everyone wouldn’t stop talking about Beijing’s coolest, most stylish new bar.
And since I’ve been back in Beijing, I’ve basically had non-stop social engagements where it seems Parlor is currently in the lead as Beijing’s most popular destination lounge. Honestly, for the past two weekends, I’ve had back-to-back surprise parties, themed birthday celebrations, and random gatherings all at Parlor where it’s not even my party that’s taken over the lounge – it’s multiple groups on any given night. Everyone’s either at Parlor or talking about Parlor and if you are one of the few who haven’t been yet yourself, I’d advise you to jump on the Parlor bandwagon because it’s pretty awesome and if it’s not me that talking you into it, one of your friends certainly will in due time.
Started by Jeff Ji of Mai Bar and Malty Dog (both on Beiluoguxiang hutong off Guloudongdajie), Parlor is the first of Jeff’s project to sneak into the Sanlitun neighborhood and it totally suits Jeff if you know his fashion sense and personal style. Just north of the Bentley building on the west side of Xindong Lu, Parlor is a little tucked away, but certainly not difficult to find especially if you’re given decent directions. I guess it’s meant to have that speak-easy vibe but the bright lightbox above its entrance makes it a dead giveaway and will draw you in like a moth to a flame.
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Wishing one and all a very happy Chinese New Year!
As we flew through the Year of the Snake, let’s gallop in glee towards the Year of the Horse!
Though many restaurants and venues may be closed during this Chinese New Year holiday, there are still plenty of temple fairs to check out (click here for Time Out Beijing‘s breakdown of Beijing’s best temple fairs), events happening at bars and restaurants all around town (click here for theBeijinger’s recommended daily calendar for each day of CNY), and don’t forget to light off some crackling fireworks to rid all the evil spirits lurking around and when in doubt, just dress head-to-toe in bright red color to boost your chances of good fortune, health and happiness. This rule of dress applies especially for those born on the Year of the Horse (as it is celebrating their year) and also for those born the Year of the Rat (since the Year of the Horse is supposed to be unlucky for you and you need the extra luck to combat all the bad fortune coming your way).
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Vibrant, Authentic Cuban Food in Beijing’s CBD
*I’m going to preface this post by disclosing that I went for dinner at Caribeño mid-December 2013, but I wanted to wait for my trusted foodie friend to return for a second try and I’m pleased to report that after a month after our first visit together, he’s confirmed that the quality and taste of the set lunch meal yesterday was up to par with expectations.
After hearing (and reading) pretty praise-worthy reviews of Caribeño Cuban restaurant, I knew it would be worth the effort to find it. I didn’t know where the China Overseas Plaza building was, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard to find as it’s on Guanghua Lu. I assumed it would be just one of the tall buildings between Guanghua Lu SOHO and China World Summit Wing…and it is…kinda. After cycling our bikes between the few buildings (it was dark = more difficult to navigate), turns out it’s down some small alleyways that loop around the west side of China World Summit Wing.
Once we did find the building, I admit I was baffled that I had never noticed this building before (it’s huge!), never knew it even existed. It’s so centrally located in the CBD, and yet, it’s still such a random location for this newly opened Cuban restaurant. Placed in the corner of your average office building, you see two heavy doors propped open for all to see inside along with its menu translated into Chinese on a standing pull-up poster (I’m assuming this is for many of the building’s office workers passing by the restaurant doors daily).
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2013 came and went faster than most of us would have liked, but here’s to the passing of another eventful year and the beginnings of a bright and exciting 2014 ahead!
After stuffing ourselves silly at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I’m not sure how many want to indulge in lavish multiple-course meals again this New Year’s Eve but there are plenty of fancy dinners available at many of Beijing’s top restaurants followed by a range of different NYE parties including both upscale, dress-up parties and wild, packed-out dance parties with the city’s top DJ’s playing straight into 2014.
There’s plenty out there, but here goes the LDS breakdown of Top 10 Events to ring in 2014 -
LDS’ Top 10 Picks for New Year’s Eve:
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Celebrate Christmas with Cheery Feasts in Beijing’s Best Dining Establishments!
Christmas is literally just around the corner (sorry for not getting this live earlier!), but hopefully this reaches all Beijingers before it’s too late! If you don’t have Christmas plans yet and you’re looking for something worth splurging on, there’s still plenty of quality options for special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunch & dinner menus at Beijing’s top dining destinations.
Merry Christmas and with only a few days left, I hope you all make the best of the rest of 2013!
Christmas Dinner Break Down: (in alphabetical order)
LumDimSum | Filed under: Foodies & Dining Scene, Hot Tips, Upcoming Events | Tags: Alex Molina, Anniversary Dinner, CityWeekend, Daniel Urdaneta, Miele Guide, Modo Urban Deli, MOKA Bros, Mosto, TATLER Restaurant Guide, theBeijinger | No Comments »
Restaurant of the Year 2013, City Weekend – Editor’s Pick
Restaurant of the Year 2013, City Weekend – Editor’s Pick
Restaurant of the Year 2013, theBeijinger – Outstanding
Listed in TATLER Restaurant Guide China 2013
Listed in the top 500 best restaurant Asia – MIELE Guide
After 5 years, Beijing’s beloved Mosto Restaurant is as strong and as popular as ever and with two more successful restaurants to add to their list of achievements, co-owners Alex Molina (General Manager/Creative Director) + award-winning chef Daniel Urdaneta of the Mosto/MODO Urban Deli/MOKA Bros Group have a lot to celebrate!
“1 Crown Princess, 1 Olympic team, 2 heartfelt charities, 2 new restaurants, 5 summers, 5 winters, 43 awards, and countless joyous moments after: here we are, celebrating the Big 5 for the mother of all, Mosto.” – Team Mosto/MODO/MOKA Bros
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