Guangzhou Bar Review: Flying Pan

By Matthew Bossons, January 17, 2020

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When you first watched The Matrix Reloaded, were you enthralled by the brilliant white hallway filled with endless doors that Neo wanders to locate the white-haired boomer known simply as ‘The Architect’? Or, what about the blinding white interior of Jango Fett’s flat on the planet Kamino in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones? If you were moved – or inspired – by the stunning lack of color in either of these iconic film sets, then there is a new bar near our office that you will absolutely love: Flying Pan (Chinese name: 半山小馆).

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The Matrix Reloaded. Image via IMDb

While the establishment shares its English name with an iconic Hong Kong diner, you won’t want to arrive here expecting eggs benny and black pudding. No, this spot, for us anyway, is all about the beer and the very, very colorless interior. 

In addition to walls as white as the exterior of Al Pacino’s nose in that one Scarface scene (you know the one), Flying Pan sports four taps, each pouring a different small-batch concoction. On our most recent visit, Flying Pan had a Baltic porter (RMB45 per glass), hefeweizen (RMB48), West Coast IPA (RMB48) and an elderberry cider (RMB45). 

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Who doesn’t remember this scene? Image via Paramount Pictures/IMDb

The IPA is as memorable as Kate Winslet’s topless scene in Titanic, with a passive hoppy taste that renders it a sessionable choice. The hefeweizen is equally as good, although the elderberry cider smells and tastes like soap from Bed Bath & Beyond. 

Worth noting: The taps here are set to change on occassion, as Flying Pan’s draft supplier, which is based in Foshan, will provide new brews seasonally.

Flying Pan also offers a decent selection of Western and Chinese edibles as well as coffee, tea and a limited range of cocktails. 

Price: RMB48 per drink
Who’s going: employees at That’s GBA, people tired of drinking at the 7-Eleven across the road
Good for: wearing sunglasses inside, losing your white sweater
Nearest metro: Taojin (Exit B), 15 minutes’ walk

Open daily, 6pm-midnight; see listing for Flying Pan.

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