Shenzhen Bar Review: Taps Taproom

By Luis Campos, May 30, 2019

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The Place

Located on the Shekou peninsula, Taps Taproom is the newest Taps Craft Beer establishment in the area. Far from the chaos of Coco Park and not too close to the expat haven known as Sea World, the taproom sits in the quiet, residential Wanxia area – where you are more likely to encounter parents than parties.

The Drinks

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Food options at Taps Taproom are limited (ranging mostly from different barbecued meats to salty snacks) and play second fiddle to the venue’s star attraction – a selection of over 10 different craft beers, which are sure to please both beer connoisseurs and novices.

For those new to the glorious nectar that is craft beer, we recommend the Berner Weisse Sour (RMB30/180 milliliters, RMB50/330 milliliters), a smooth beer that can be best compared to an alcoholic soda, lacking any bitter aftertaste despite the inclusion of ‘sour’ in its name. Craft beer experts are likely to flock to Taps’ signature End of Days IPA (RMB30/180 milliliters, RMB50/330 milliliters). This hoppy beverage is all the rage in the Shenzhen beer community and has quickly become a favorite for drinkers who prefer a hop-punch to the palate. For those not satisfied with the hoppines of this IPA, try the aptly named, Hop Explosion (RMB28/180 milliliters, RMB45/330 milliliters). 

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Fans of Guinness and similar stouts should check out Taps’ own take on this dark brew. The Taps Stout (RMB30/180 milliliters, RMB50/330 milliliters) is dark and heavy in all the right ways – perfect for those days when beer counts as medicine. Lastly, we suggest the Cucumber Saison (RMB28/180 milliliters, RMB45/330 milliliters), a great palate cleanser to end the night, a drink whose cucumber freshness might trick you into thinking beer is healthy.

The Vibe

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There’s not a lot of bells and whistles at Taps Taproom. The decor is simple yet classy and the stereo plays everything from hip hop to jazzy tunes that will get your toe tapping, but nothing that fully inspires you to shake what your mama gave you. However, what the taproom lacks in loud music and flashy neon lights it makes up for with its comfy and intimate environment, making it a great location to snag an after-work drink or catch up with friends on the weekend. 

Price: RMB150-200
Who’s going: craft beer enthusiasts, friendly dogs
Good for: fancy suds, showing off your ‘hop’ knowledge
Nearest metro: Wanxia (Exit A), 5 minutes walk

Open daily, 6pm-1am (Sun-Thu), 6pm-2am (Fri-Sat); see listing for Taps Taproom.

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