I figured the city’s drinkers would swarm Flamme for its new 99-kuai all-you-can-drink cocktail deal – heldWednesdays from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM — but even halfway through there were still seats at the bar. True, some took advantage while sitting at tables, thus shortening the fall to the floor. And the pollution and, in the case of one friend, worries Flamme would be packed beyond comfort kept away some. I’m guessing word of mouth may see the crowd grow in coming weeks.
Anyway, the key benefits are: 1) the timing is good for those who find it impossible to make the happy hour that ends at 7:30 PM, 2) you can knock back quite a few drinks for rmb99, good value given many of them are regularly rmb70 or more, and 3) it is a good chance to try drinks you might otherwise shy away from.
The figurative moth, I couldn’t resist Flamme last night and ended up sampling six drinks:
If I went again, I would a) just stick to martinis or b) pick one spirit, such as tequila, Bourbon or gin, and focus on drinks made with it, or c) start with a couple of fruity drinks — like the passion fruit Mojito — and work from there. I say “if” because I tend to only have two drinks, and on occasion three, when I go to Flamme and thus the happy hour is a perfect fit for me. But every once in a while…