“There hasn’t been an opening this big since the Olympics,” opined Mr. Brau a few moments ago as he mulled over the launch of Club Juicy Spot (map) tonight. Well, that might be going a bit too far, but this place – in the former Pepper venue on Chaoyang West – has a memorable name, an earthy interior that features old wood and bricks, a decent deck, and a stated focus on hip hop, at least downstairs – sounds a bit like TUN meets Bling. The party starts at 9 PM and features free Sangria until 2 AM. (Click here for some pre-opening pics of the club as well as for the worst rap song ever written.)
The long-awaited Sanlitun Village branch of Hatsune (map) opens to the public on Friday. Japanese food fans can find it beside Element Fresh and behind Union Bar & Grille.
The annual Carrefour spring wine fair kicks off Friday night in the Shuangjing branch (map). The opening night provides customers the chance to try hundreds of mostly entry-level wines from 6 PM to midnight and to take home bottles at a 20 percent discount. It is arguably the best free public tasting of wine in Beijing, though given what happened at the last one, I hope they have the glass, spittoon, and pricing issues figured out.