Drink beer, eat “beaver” treats, play table-top hockey, and count down to July 1 as Canadians in China holds its fifth annual Canada D’eh party tonight at the Goose and/et Duck (map). I’m planning to live blog the party from 8 PM and to include interviews with famous Canadians in China, including Da Shan (to be confirmed) and my buddies Trevor and John.
So, if you hail from the Great White North, or just want to enjoy a few cold ones, put on your best toque and come on down for the free snacks, extended happy hour, beer drinking contest, and game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, all capped by the singing of O Canada at midnight. Time to cue up some Stompin’ Tom Connors…
I finally moseyed down to this hutong bar run by the former manager of Sandglass (the same day I took these photos of Nanluoguxiang). What can you expect at Amilal (map)? For decor, check the photos below. For drinks, beers start at RMB15 for Harbin and Tsingtao, while there are about a dozen single malts at RMB50 per pour.
Twas a sad day when Mare, my favorite tapas spot in downtown Beijing, closed for good, though the owners had the foresight to open a branch of the place – OLAS – on the west side of Sanlitun Village. Now, that spot is set to relaunch… as Svensen’s and Prima Taste Kitchen. The place had an invite-only party last night but should soon be open to the public (hat tip to ksquare).
Pakistan restaurant Yadgar, around the corner from Luga’s, relaunched last week – complete with a garden full of flower displays – after completing renovations.
Look for Alfa to soon introduce a new food menu. This place has long had some of the best late night food in Beijing. It also recently renovated the covered patio out front by adding a lighter and more-streamlined decor as well as elevated areas that allow patrons to dangle their toes in the water.
Finally, 2F is quietly making a name for itself at the back of Tongli Studio. Numerous readers have mentioned this place to me of late and, indeed, it does offer decent drinks, a friendly owner, and a comfy atmosphere.
People have asked me which Fourth of July party to catch this coming weekend. I wonder if any of them can live up to expectations after Saturday night at 2 Kolegas (map). Sitting on the lawn, drinking beer, enjoying a crowd with a good vibe, and listening to DH &the Hellcats and Black Cat Bone belt out American music. Hard to beat…
The Village Grouch sparked my interest in DH and the Hellcats with this post and the band not disappoint as it delivered a potent mix of musical skill and crowd presence that makes it a perfect match for the uber-professional blues act Black Cat Bone. And the feisty tattoo-laden lead singer served both as entertainer and sage, announcing, “Ladies, you can’t trust men. You can only trust rich men, because they buy you diamonds,” before the band lit into its version of “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”
Would love to see these two bands team up again…
In any case, here is a video of DH and the Hellcats performing at Mao Livehouse. It shows the last 40 seconds on one song and then shifts to Liquor Store (the sound and video quality are not an ideal, but give an idea of what the band is about). If you want more, check out this vide0.
And as for Fourth of July parties, I’ll provide a list of tomorrow.
Football/soccer fans: The United States and Brazil will face off in Confederation Cup finals and both Paddy O’Shea’s and Danger Doyle’s will show the game live at 2 AM. The third-place game between Spain and South Africa is slated for 8 PM.
I posted last week that Cosmos Hot Dogs would open today, and offer two dogs and a Tsingtao for RMB25, but the date has been set back to Wednesday.
Another reminder to Canucks that the Goose and Duck will hold its Canada Day countdown on Tuesday, with prizes for the first 200 attendees, happy hour prices, a beer-drinking contest, the singing of O Canada at midnight, and more.
A Somewhat Steady China Hand on the Local Bar Scene