Chad Lager, formerly of The Rickshaw and The Saddle Cantina, has left as manager of TUN. Lager introduced the insanely popular Friday ladies nights, the open mic night, and the 40-kuai mega drinks, thus helping to transform TUN into one of the city’s most popular bars. He is planning to soon open his own place.
Tsingtao Beer Palace is closed in Solana. The place charged RMB68 kuai for a mug of freshly made lager, and while it often had two-for-one specials, my visits found only only a handful of patrons, hardly enough for a place that has the size (and appearance) of a large three-star hotel lobby.
Almost equally expensive beer spot Drei Kronen 1308 still has a two-for-one happy hour, which means a pair of pints for RMB58. It also has started a RMB45 lunch special that features eight choices of mains (schnitzel, chicken leg, and some less German offerings), including salad bar and soup (said Mr. Brau: “It is the best potato soup I have ever had, except for my grandma’s”). Patrons may add a small homebrew (RMB25) or soft drink (RMB10) to their lunch.