Shenzhen Bar Review: Re-C Whisky & Cocktail Bar

By Jonathan Zhong, May 1, 2019

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The Place

Life in Futian District can be hectic at the best of times. While the central business district may be better known for high blood pressure than mellow vibes, Re-C, a brand-spanking new cocktail and whisky bar, aims to change that perception.

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Image via Re-C Whisky & Cocktail Bar

The Drinks

Along with a decent selection of Cuban and Nicaraguan cigars, the establishment’s drink menu is pretty well-rounded, with enough spirits and cocktails to keep all-comers happy. The bar also serves up some tasty edibles like saucisson sec, fried chicken fillet and seafood. 

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Image via Re-C Whisky & Cocktail Bar

During our visit, we were delighted to learn that visitors are encouraged to customize their own drinks (though popular cocktails, for example a whiskey sour, are available if you ask for them). Simply tell the bartenders your particular preference, and they will whip something up to tingle your taste palate.

We requested something fresh and fruity from the barkeep, who threw together a Back on Boogie Street (RMB105), which you won’t find on the menu. Made with dragon fruit puree, strawberry puree, Re-C’s self-distilled vanilla vodka and bitters, this pink concoction is a creamy and sour delight, reminiscent of a Singapore sling.

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Image by Bryan Grogan/That’s

While this cocktail certainly met our demands, we wanted something a bit stronger for our next drink. We ordered the sazerac (RMB108), a heavy hitter some would say, consisting of rye and lemon peel, which arrived with a side shot of absinthe (don’t mind if we do). After breathing in the fragrant aniseed scent of the absinthe, we combined the spirits together. Interestingly, the rye overpowered the absinthe with its oaky flavor, while a light and pleasant citrusy aftertaste was in evidence. A straight-up, no-nonsense drink, this one is a treat for folks who enjoy bold flavors.

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Image by Bryan Grogan/That’s

The Vibe

Re-C’s European-style wooden interior design gives the place a luxuriant and elegant touch. While Re-C may not be your first choice for a cheap evening with the gang, if you’re out for a special evening, Re-C may be one of your best options in central Futian.

Price: RMB200
Who’s going: dates (the romantic kind, not the fruit), cigar snobs, spirit lovers
Good for: absinthe-infused cocktails, escaping springtime showers
Nearest metro: Convention & Exhibition Center (Exit B), 7 minutes’ walk 

Open daily, 7pm-2am. See listing for Re-C Whisky & Cocktail Bar.

[Cover image via Re-C Whisky & Cocktail Bar]

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