I met Mikey D on Sunday night, not only because it had been months since we last had a drink together, but also because I sensed he was depressed that his favorite sport, curling, is not part of the Summer Olympics (at least I know what to get him for his birthday). Anyway, the itinerary:
Face: This is a nice place to relax, whether inside the arty bar and lounge or outside on the tranquil deck where a wall of bamboo nicely cuts off the world. Happy hour is from 5:30-8 PM, with 50 percent off house drinks and Carlsberg – that translates into RMB27.5 for an OK Gin Tonic. Seven PM on Sunday saw a light crowd.
Centro: A light crowd here, too, though the place bustled by the time we left about 10:30 PM. I had a glass of red wine, Mikey D had a Gin Tonic, and we got the cheapest cigars on the menu at RMB100 (this is the first combustible material I’ve had in my mouth in months and, given how queasy I got near the end of it, likely the last for a while). The five-man band played upbeat tunes at a volume that made talking possible.
Q Bar: I’ve been ending up here a lot of late. I had a Horse Neck (Bourbon, ginger ale, lemon), while TVG joined us and had a Gin Tonic. The place looked moderately full, but a head count of the inside area and the deck revealed 64 patrons. Sixty-four patrons each paying RMB50 or more per drink on a Sunday night – tell me this place isn’t printing money. By the way, Q Bar has added RMB5 to RMB10 to the price of its drinks.
The Den: We all felt the need to strap on a feedbag and headed for the longstanding home of late-night fuel. Hamburgers topped with fried eggs did the trick – for the carb conscious, this isn’t a bad choice if you drop the bun and those oh-so-tasty fries. By the way, The Den also has a RMB45 lunch special that includes your choice of more than a dozen main courses and a drink. The chef’s salad offers good value.