New Beijing Bars and Restaurants: January 2020

By That's Beijing, December 31, 2019

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Gou Gou Guo

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Resting on top of a neighborhood favorite noodle joint, Gou Gou Guo’s interior is a cool blend of hipster hygge and traditional Korean. Nevertheless, design means nothing if the food is subpar – we’re here to say that’s definitely not the case here. And since they don’t do waimai (nor do they take reservations), it’s a great reason to leave your apartment and get your winter soup belly on. 

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Malabocca

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Malabocca’s focus is classic malatang, just like the ones you can find in any given shopping mall in the city, but with attempts to refine the formula a bit. The ingredients you’d expect are all there, with helpful English placards that provide a bit of humor. (We’ve seen youtiao translated as Chinese crullers, Chinese churros and Chinese doughnuts, but we’ve never heard “Beijing baguettes” before and we don’t think we’ll ever let that go.)

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Lenore’s

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Heaven Supermarket and Mojito Man have a new neighbor in town: Lenore's Bar and Club and Craft Brewery (really, it says all this on the humble signage). As we step inside, we’re hesitant to believe it all. It’s evident that Lenore’s is juggling many identities. So, is it a bar, a club or a craft brewery? We’ll just say this: It’s whatever you need it to be for the night.

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Pang Mei Noodles

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After a hiatus post-brickings, hutong favorite noodle joint Pang Mei popped back up in their previous location. The menu is still the same, while the pristine interior has taken on a new futuristic form and appears to mimic what a school canteen might look like if it were set inside a spaceship. 

See a listing for Pang Mei Noodles

Uncle Coffee

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Tucked away in a nondescript hutong near Niu Jie, Uncle Coffee is exactly what many of Beijing’s third-wave coffee shops aspire to be. In the tiny shop, the owner, Bian Lin, serves only pour overs made from beans he hand-roasts in small batches himself. (Lin also happens to be a watercolor artist with his own studio next door – no big deal.)

See a listing for Uncle Coffee

Awaguli Bar & Grill

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While Awaguli isn't a halal restaurant – they serve beers and booze – there is no pork anywhere on the premises, but the menu provides just about everything else: chuanr, pizza, steak, curry, sashimi, lobster, you name it. Do ignore some of the English translation on the menu – we’re pretty sure the chicken isn't “impregnated with bacteria.” 

See a listing for Awaguli Bar & Grill

[Top image via Andrew Braun for That’s]

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