Bar and drinks consultant Bob Louison of Spirit It needs several bartenders for an event in Beijing on May 31. The event will be from 4 PM to 10:30 PM at the Legendale Hotel and each bartenders will have to make four drinks. For more details, contact Bob at bobspirit.it (at) gmail.com.
Montrose, China Wines & Spirits, East Meets West, ASC and Hihey are teaming up for an “Art and Wine” event at Crowne Plaza Sun Palace on May 30. Some forty wines will be available for tasting as patrons nibble appetizers, peruse sculptures and appear cultured. From 6 PM to 9 PM, 50 kuai, see poster below.
The First Beijing Beer Geeks Festival, slated for 1 PM to 9 PM on June 15, now has a venue (48 Xihai Nanyan) and a poster (see below). Beer samples are 10 kuai, full samples 30 kuai and you can pre-buy 150 kuai worth of tickets for 100 kuai. For more info on the event and the seven participating breweries, see the poster below.
SALT is kicking off its Saturday summer barbecues this weekend: get a free flow of food from the grill, plus self-serve salads, breads, sauces and more, from noon to 4 PM on June 1. Drink options include free flow beer and wine at 150 kuai and caipirinhas at 60 kuai per glass or 240 kuai per pitcher. Camila Betin is the new executive chef at SALT.
The Hockey Bar is tentatively scheduled to drop the puck on June 8, just in time for some Stanley Cup finals action. You can find it beside The Irish Volunteer in Lido.
And I can’t help resist posting this image of Dognuts: Hot Dogs and Donuts, spotted by Dewey Cox in Sanlitun Soho. Perhaps it is a joke / nod to Jackie Martling? If not, this brand is set to launch a billion puerile jokes. (Anyone want some cream-filled dognuts?)
Oyster Talk Pekin has opened in the base of Workers Stadium, just north of A Hotel. The place seats about 50 and is the Beijing branch of a Hong Kong-based restaurant, says the manager. It had oysters from France, New Zealand and South Africa on the weekend. More photos of Oyster Talk below.
3sums will hold a block party from noon to 3 AM this Saturday with a free flow of its 16 mini burgers, six fries, beer (including Vedett while it lasts) and wine, and apple pies. Rmb100.
The city’s micro-brew fans have had to wait a little longer for Jing A to officially release its beers from its base in The Big Smoke. During a visit on Saturday, I was told the brews are set to be let loose this week, possibly on Monday.
Across the street, Frost has added duck tacos to a menu that has grown to include kebabs and lamb, pork and chicken burgers in recent months. This place also has one of those rare “buy 12, get 5 free” beer deals (on Bock Damm).
And look for bike-themed restaurant The Garage to open in Shunyi soon.
It seems Brits in Beijing have a lost a bit of their charm given that La Fite British Exotic Bar has changed its name simply to La Fite Bar. This has also added a new food menu — pasta from rmb35, pizza from rmb45 and a slew of chuanr options. And it lists “live music” on the sign. In the past, that has involved inebriated and swaying patrons crooning love songs on the small stage. I hope that’s not what is to come at this newly signed venue. Because we need more inebriated and swaying patrons screaming rock ‘n’ roll songs.
Juice Bar has just opened on the B1 level of Sanlitun Soho. Trippy-looking place
Finally, one of these containers should pretty much be mandatory at any drinking establishment. This one is at Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q. Notice the handy beer opener and cap keeper for those who want to DIY as they enter the place.
I popped by the former Giuseppe Italian restaurant space on the second floor in China View yesterday and found a sign that says it will soon reemerge into the food scene as a new Italian joint. Word is Roberto Masili — who ran L’Isola in Pacific Century before closing it and leaving Beijing a few years back and who is brother of Massimo of LM Plus fame — will return to the scene with a new restaurant project. This might well be it since LM Plus is promoting an East Meets West wine dinner with Antonio Argiolas on May 29 at a new Italian restaurant called Bantu on the second floor in China View. Hmm, second floor and second floor, my fettucine sense is tingling. Anyway, I’m guessing we’ll be seeing a lot of at least one Masili brother in the Workers Stadium area. That second-floor space has already been home to Norwegian restaurant 66 North and Hungarian restaurant Budapest but the combination of a more accessible cuisine — Italian — and Roberto Masili might be what makes it a success.
The Beijing branch of Hubert Keller’s Burger Bar is slated to open on June 1, says Brandon Trowbridge, who is consulting on the project. For a sneak peak at the burgers, including one with Mongolia yak, click here.
And eagle-eyed contributor Squid Billy spotted a sign for a place called Pickle Trumpet next to the Maan coffee outlet in Lido. A pickle promotion outfit? Something else? Anyone know?
The Sanlitun Soho branch of South African restaurant Pinotage will host the next Beijing Foodies event and serve attendees a three-course dinner and drink for rmb130. This event is a good chance to check out the new venue: see these posts on the impressive launch dinner and the wine and cheese pairings. The dinner includes the option of Biltong carpaccio, beetroot ravioli or braised oxtails and mushrooms on roasted bone marrow to start, followed by sea bass, pork confit, lamb shank or butternut squash risotto as the main, followed by pumpkin fritters or strawberry and almond mess for dessert. Plus a beer or a glass of South African wine. Pay your rmb130, slip some cash into the envelope for this month’s charity (On the Move) and — if your experiences is anything like mine — happily go home to hibernate. These events tend to sell out so you best book a seat by sending an email to bjfoodies (at) gmail.com.
Last week, I wrote about this tasty asparagus soup on the lunch menu at Mosto and how it would bid bye bye in a few days. I have good news for fragrant pee fans: This week’s menu includes a main with our tasty green friend, namely, black truffle and Parmesan risotto with spring asparagus. That sounds good after a starter of mixed greens with goat’s cheese, almonds and tamarind vinaigrette. Or salmon ceviche with avocado and corn chips. Two courses for rmb95. Add rmb15 for dessert.
Finally, look for Marty Handley of Kro’s Nest pizza on Xiaoyun Road and Sanlitun South to soon open a coffee shop called Picture My Cup in the Wangjing area. I hear he’s going to be roasting his own beans.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard Flight 80F on Air Atmosphere. We will be boozing at an altitude of 330 meters. The skies are clear, we expect no turbulence and the seat belt signs are off. In fact, first officer and chief bartender Henning Neufeld has disconnected them and is making our fourth tray of B-52s up here in the captain’s cabin. We couldn’t fly this plane if we wanted to. I suggest you request beverages from the flight crew, get into the aisles and — pardon the expression — partay. First officer Neufeld will be taking cocktail requests throughout the flight. I recommend the Aviation. Finally, if you wish to become a member of the 330-Meter Club, we ask you to leave the lavatories in an appropriate condition for your fellow passengers. Enjoy your flight.
Atmosphere Bar — on the eightieth floor of Beijing’s 330-meter China World Summit Wing — will hold its third annual party dedicated to all things airline. AIR Atmosphere is scheduled for liftoff at 9 PM on June 29 and will include models dressed as a flight crew, bar staff doing airline-y things and a live performance by The Jackson Twins. The flight costs rmb200 and includes a free shooter as you enter Air Atmosphere. I suggest you pack light. And try this Alfonso Special by bartender Henning Neufeld.
Note 1: You know what would make this party even better? If former Beijing band Big Airplane, a staple at Durty Nellie’s years and years ago, did a few songs. I know at least two band members are still around…
Note 2: I ate the first burger ever at this place. It’s a fact. The place officially opened at 6 PM, I showed up at noon, the kitchen was ready, the burger entered my body. I also had an Old-Fashioned by then Atmosphere bartender Charly Kusagsizoglu.
Note 3: See also “*The* view in Beijing: Three shots from Atmosphere Bar” and “Punch a higher floor: Nine more 80F pics“.
Wine shop operator 90 Plus will hold tastings on May 25 and May 26 at Zun Club just off Workers Stadium East Road. Each day, the rmb80 entrance fee gets you samples of over 60 wines from 2 PM to 6 PM.
There are also discounts on bottles. Get 20 percent off on wines currently in the 90 Plus portfolio and 50 percent off on the more than 100 wines being de-listed by the company as it revises its lineup.
Nicolas Carre of 90 Plus says some of the de-listed wines will be made available on both days.
“We won’t sell everything Saturday,” he says. “That means people who come on Sunday can still get deals.”