Mare is an excellent spot to sit down and share tapas. The unpretentious surroundings – the simple arched doorways, the decent lighting, the white walls dotted with a few pieces of colorful art – make it a nice spot for a business meeting, getting together with friends, or chilling out with coworkers. Mare also does a great job at catering as I discovered when the place supplied tapas for a Whiskey tasting last year.
The Cellar Rat and I decided last week to give Mare a spin as a bar. Mare offers a substantial wine list. The list features 55 different bottles, starting at RMB200, with Cambridge Cellars Sauvignon Semillon at RMB208 and Stump Jump Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre at RMB 255. There are nine wines by the glass – one sparkling, four red and four white – with the entry level costing RMB35. Spirits start at RMB38 and cocktails at RMB45. In other words, the place has a lot to offer. The only downside is the bar itself is not very cozy. The layout is too tight, the stools a bit uncomfortable. So, if you go and plan to drink, it’s best to skip a strictly liquid meal and instead sit down to grab some eats.