Guangzhou Bar Review: 24/7 by Secoo

By Ryan Gandolfo, November 29, 2019

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Who needs bartenders when you’ve got cocktails on tap? Draft cocktails are the theme of a new bar on Xingsheng Lu called 24/7 by Secoo, a premium premixed cocktail brand owned by China-based Secoo Group. The boozy establishment appears to be in some partnership with Lotus Lounge – a decadent cocktail bar located directly upstairs (you can walk through the bar to enter Lotus Lounge).

Guangzhou is the newest city for 24/7 by Secoo to call home, as the bar concept has set up shop in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing and Suzhou. (For once, Guangzhou has beaten Shanghai to a new opening.)

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As we mentioned, 24/7 serves their cocktails the new-fashioned way – substituting the bartender for cocktail kegs. Aside from fun and tempting draft concoctions, you’ll also find a couple craft brews on the menu (which is clearly visible above the taps). One aspect of the menu that catches our eye is the craft cocktail credits below each drink, which give a shout out to the creator of each beverage.

When we visit early on a Thursday evening, we order the Peking Mojito (RMB58) and the No to Criticism Session IPA (RMB38). Suanmei (preserved plums) are utilized to add a subtle tartness to the mojito with Chinese characteristics, which is otherwise a water-y beverage. But given their selection of other drinks on tap, we wouldn’t be so quick to write them off.

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As for the No to Criticism Session IPA, the brew’s lackluster flavor and weak hoppy notes leave us disappointed. Sessionable IPAs as a variety of beer are unquestionably let down by this brew.

24/7 by Secoo has a long and narrow layout with seating aligned in the front of the venue, while the bar is tucked away in the back. Mosaic tiles with Chinese characters take up a large portion of the left wall while other artwork is visible throughout the space. The lighting is dim with neon signs illuminating parts of the establishment, while the music helps set the tone for a relaxing atmosphere.

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This new spot is definitely worth a gander, although we encourage you to avoid the two bevvies we sampled.

Price: RMB50-100
Who’s going: Xingsheng Lu strollers, casual cocktail drinkers
Good for: cocktails on tap, something new
Nearest metro: Liede (Exit B), 10 minutes’ walk

Open daily, 8pm-2am; see listing for 24/7 by Secoo.

[Cover image via 247bySECOO/WeChat]

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