I stopped into Taiyue Suites on Sanlitun South — the same building that houses Yes Club, Beer Mania, Glen, and Oden — a few nights ago to check out a place called Bossa Nova and ended up finding another one called Morrell English Pub. As I was in a rush, I’ll return for a full review, but here are a few details.
Bossa Nova: If I’m not mistaken, this was formerly known as Lounge, but now feels grungier and is focused on live music and DJs. As before, expect bar and table seating, plus a string of tables in a semi-private area along one wall. Hat tip to Phil from band Summerstone — which does folk, jazz and more at Bossa Nova on Sundays from 10 PM — who told me about this when I ended up sitting beside him at Brussels on one of my many recent Buffalo chicken burger runs.
Anyway, pitchers of German beer are rmb128, while bottles of Tsingtao are rmb30 and the likes of Carlsberg et al are rmb35. I realize the focus here is on music, rather than drinks, but a) given that Bossa Nova doesn’t have bands every day and b) given the range of good beers we now have in Beijing, the menu could use more oomph.
Morrell English Pub: I only found this spot due to the echo through the halls of someone loudly crooning Chinese pop songs. The place looked pleasant enough from the door but given: 1) I’m not a fan of loudly crooned Chinese pop songs, 2) I was in a rush, and 3) I had a headache, I decided to pass on a drink. Those who are imbibing can expect a cocktail list with Negronis, Martinis and the like at rmb50 and a beer list that includes Brooklyn Lager and a few other nice bottles.
Again, I didn’t have much time on this night, so I’ll stop by again and post more details.