New Beijing Bars and Restaurants: August 2019

By That's Beijing, August 2, 2019

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Union

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Union is a new cocktail bar that has taken root inside boutique hotel The Opposite House. It’s a massive, chandelier-bedecked space that, fittingly enough, looks right at home in the trendy Sanlitun hotel.

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Zhazha Bistro

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Sandwiched between empty-looking hutongs, Zhazha Bistro, helmed by ex-Ramo owner Paca Li, is a hidden gem. Aside from some downright delicious Southwestern Chinese fare, Zhazha as a whole is a relaxing escape that fits every kind of mood.

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Red Lobster

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All the US-China hullaballoo in the world can’t stop a recent trend in Beijing’s culinary scene. From last year’s opening of The Cheesecake Factory to the In-N-Out pop-up this spring, America’s favorite chain restaurants are quickly appearing in the capital. The most recent landing is a popular chain known for their succulent biscuits: Red Lobster, y’all.

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Dandy Room

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Nestled behind the Mr. Dandy menswear shop, Dandy Room feels like the inevitable resting place for businessmen who need to pick up a new suit and enjoy a strong drink to round out a busy day at the office.

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Crafters

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Craft beer purveyor Crafters, after garnering local recognition by rotating its home-brewed beers on the taps of various local bars, recently moved into its first permanent home in the wilds of east Beijing. Perched above Wavor House, an indoor surfing center, Crafters’ own brewery is styled after a beach bar, with surfboards and a shark hanging from the ceiling.

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Mr. Chips

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Mr. Chips is a casual joint specializing in the British staple: fish and chips. Located on the second level of The Crib, the decor is dark and basic. The modest menu covers all the British classics, including Scotch eggs (RMB38) and Eton mess (RMB38), an English dessert made with meringue, berries and whipped vanilla cream.

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Riching

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Image via Valerie Osipov/That’s

Gulou’s latest pop-up is a collaboration looking to satisfy Beijing’s thirstiest hypebeasts. Open through October, Riching is a hip-hop tea shop crossover, sponsored by Rap of China, the famed iQiyi-backed rap competition TV show. Yes, it’s Rap of China meets... iced tea. (And we don’t mean Ice-T, you know, the rapper – we mean actual iced tea.)

See a listing for Riching

Line Hunting

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Another recent Gulou find is a quaint bar nestled among hutong cafes and vintage shops. Walking down Beiluoguxiang, we would have almost missed new cocktail joint Line Hunting if it weren’t for some modest outdoor seating and an open doorway inviting us into its dimly-lit interior.

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