Every time I leave Chaoyang West after a visit to Suzie Wong, Black Sun Bar, or Block 8, I always kick myself for not stopping in at Souk. It ranks among the first spots I visited in Beijing, at a YPHH event, on a night that ended up taking in the former Big Easy, Latino’s, and New Get Lucky.
Anyway, it has been a couple of years since my last visit, so I dropped by earlier this week and found it pretty much remains the same. The beds, the hookahs, the private areas, the laid-back atmosphere – it all adds up to a place that I can only describe as pleasant. Souk has a half-dozen German beers, starting at RMB35 for a Bitburger, and I thought the three beef fajitas OK for RMB30.
The biggest problem is the toilets – not only did the men’s not flush, but the paper towel dispenser was broken. Even so, if you are looking for a spot to get away from it all, Souk will do.