Welcome to part twenty-seven of the Must Tries Series
, where I ask people in the Beijing bar and restaurant business for the top picks
from their menus. This episode features Joseph Kornides
of Nanluoguxiang bar 12SQM
, which recently introduced some nice whiskey specials
. Also of note, Kornides has to return to Australia for family reasons and is seeking someone to sublease
12SQM on a yearly basis or buy out
the remaining 2.5-year lease. (The price is negotiable: interested parties should
go to the bar and talk to him
. send Kornides as email at twelvesqm (at) yahoo.com) On to his picks from the menu and from other places about town.
- Kornides keeps a close eye on 12SQM.
What is the “must try” beer at 12SQM?
Our must try beer is Coopers. A family owned brewery from South Australia producing an excellent quality product and definitely my favourite beer. The pale ale is the biggest seller but I prefer the sparkling ale. It is higher in alcohol and more like a meal with a heavy amount of sediment that we mix back in to the beer. It’s 30rmb for pale ale, sparkling ale or stout.
What is the “must try” drink at 12SQM?
The must try drink is the Long Island Iced Tea. We use five different liquors and the result is always consistent as we use measured shots. I’ve never understood free pouring, because the chances of the bartender producing a consistent amount every time is minimal. It may look flashy, but that’s all it is. We prefer consistency.
What are three “must try” foods and drinks around town?
I am a huge fan of most of the food at Union, especially the BBQ combo. Fatburger (double beef, all the extras) is hands down the best burger I’ve eaten anywhere. For late night dining, I like Time Bar (a Russian restaurant on Ritan Bei Lu) which does an awesome borscht. When I go out drinking, it’s usually a pint of cider at Fubar or a very reasonably priced single malt at 2F.