Guangzhou Bar Review: @Firefly

By Ryan Gandolfo, February 10, 2020

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If you’re looking for a quiet and cozy place to enjoy a drink and company, @Firefly is a new spot that checks those boxes. Located off Huaxia Lu in the heart of the city’s downtown area, the cocktail bar can be found on the second floor of R&F Yingtong Square, with the establishment’s neon sign visible from outside the mall. 

The entrance can be found through a small glass room loosely decorated with whiskey bottles (if you can even call it decoration). Once inside, however, the bar takes on an impressive design, redefining a traditional bar layout: There is ample space for guests to kick back with a beverage, while the bartender operates behind a bar uniquely shaped like a capital I. 

Image via Carol Yang

Image via Carol Yang

The offerings at @Firefly feature an array of specialty and classic cocktails as well as a collection of Scotch and Japanese whiskeys. Oddly enough, the drink names on the menu are written in Chinese while the ingredients are added in English – meaning only bilinguals will really know what it is they’re ordering. The Meizi Guniang (RMB85), made with choya, pineapple juice, cranberry juice and lemon juice, is both visually appealing and tasty, albeit catering to those less inclined for the hard stuff. Meanwhile, the Old Fashioned (RMB85) is true to form and delivers a boozy punch complemented by an orangey aroma. 

Image via Carol Yang

If you’re arriving with an appetite, you’ll be disappointed to learn that the bar has few food options, so we recommend grabbing a bite beforehand. 

Perhaps most captivating and distinctive about @Firefly is the vibe, with the space illuminated by the bar shelves and multicolored drop-down lights, while classic hits you’ve likely heard in a movie or two play overhead. To sum it up, we view @Firefly as a prime spot to take a date or simply check out with a small group of friends. 

Price: RMB150
Who’s going: close friends, Curious Georges
Good for: private talks, cool photos for social media
Nearest metro: Zhujiang New Town (Exit A1), 7 minutes’ walk 

Open daily, 7pm-2am (we recommend calling ahead before visiting to confirm opening and closing times) 

See listing for @Firefly.

[Cover image via Carol Yang]

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