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Sips & bites: Art & Wine on Friday night, plus Beer Geeks Festival, Salt, The Hockey Bar & Dognuts

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?)

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Sips & bites: Oyster Talk, plus 3sums opening, duck tacos, Jing A, The Garage, Frost

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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.

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Sips & bites: La Fite Bar has BBQ, plus Juice Bar, Tim’s Texas Bar-B-Q

la fite lafite bar sanlitun south beijing chinaIt 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.

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Sips & bites: Masili back with Bantu? Plus Burger Bar opens June 1, Pickle Trumpet

Wham, bam, thank you, lamb (burger)! And fries. At Burger Bar.

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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?