Snacks and the City: The Latest Food & Drink News in Beijing

By Valerie Osipov, May 31, 2019

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Here, a roundup of things we ate and gossiped about this month – for journalism, for research, for you, readers.

There’s no getting around the sweaty Beijing summer temps now. That’s why, along with the merciless sun, this month brings a plethora of outdoor drinking and, well, just drinking in general. 

First things first: it seems that what's dead may never die. Café de la Poste, the landmark expat haven specializing in pastis and quality late-night people-watching, was resurrected from the ongoing Yonghegong construction ashes. Still standing, though operating through an abstract entryway, the French bar and restaurant proves it won’t go down that easy. 

Over in Lido, last month also saw the return of veteran pub The Irish Volunteer. More Irish spirit: Dongzhimen expat hotspot Paddy O’Shea’s is expanding into its neighboring space, though we’re sure pub crawlers will still find a reason to spill out into the street. 

Jing-A beer garden collaborations are popping up in unexpected places. After another run this season at The Opposite House’s sunken garden, the beer guys are bringing their brews to Pak Pak Thai Kitchen in the CBD, paired with Thai bites. 

In even bigger Jing-A news: the brewery just recently announced a brand-new location. Following last year's shutdown of their original taproom in 1949 The Hidden City, they’re moving on to greener pastures, near the Dongsi subway station. The shiny new venue looks to be a pretty big deal (really, it's huge) and will house a larger kitchen, more seating and more taps, of course. The prospected opening is “later this summer” – hopefully right in time for those sweltering crowds looking for a frosty pint.

Image via @jingabrewing/Instagram

No matter how you feel about baijiu, there’s no debate about ice cream – it’s simply the ideal cool-down solution in this steamy city during the summertime. But Singaporean eatery Tease by Creatures is taking it one step further: ice cream made with Maotai baijiu. (Hey, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it.) 

But alas, if you’re looking for some sustenance this summer, don’t worry. There’s some food news here too: an unlikely duo we never saw coming. Tex-Mex pros Q Mex and Japanese BBQ joint Gyu Tetsu joined forces to debut two new fusion specials at each location: Wagyu beef tacos and skirt steak marinated with pineapple and chili. 

And finally, The Rug Cafe at WF Central has added some tasty new dishes like a savory smoked salmon crepe and spicy mapo tofu pizza (both ideal for hungover Sunday brunches – you'll need it). 

[Cover image via Q Mex]

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