Update: In addition to the Two Guys and a Pie / Coopers & VB / DJ Fat ‘Troy’ Slim / Strange Visitations / Etc extravaganza described below, I am aware of two more events re Australia Day this year:
- AustCham is hosting a buffet lunch, including BBQ station, with free-flow Aussie beer, Ironbark Hill wine and sodas from 11 AM to 4 PM on January 26 at Renaissance Beijing. The event includes gelato by Via Milano, flat whites by Coffeeman and the Triple J Hottest 100. Members price rmb280, nonmember price rmb380. To RSVP or for more details, see here.
- The Beijing Bombers will hold an Australia Day party at The Local on January 26, starting from noon.
As for the extravaganza…
A long time ago (four or five years) in a land far away (Nanluguoxiang) I used to mark the national day of my antipodean friends (they’re Australia and I’m Canadian) by organizing a pub crawl in The Vegemite Triangle. Said triangle included a trio of pubs at least partly owned or managed by Aussies, a people whose contributions to global culture include Les Patterson, Air Supply and Vegemite. Said trio comprised Ned’s (named for a villain or a hero, depending on whom you talk to), 12SQM (that later inflated to 44 square meters) and Mao Mao Chong (probably the only one of the three I’d trust to make a cocktail with this stuff).
Beijing will no doubt see
hundreds many events for Australian Day this year, given that country’s citizens enjoy any chance to indulge in a beverage or two. Like wearing hats or winning some weird thing called The Ashes.
One of them will be an Australia Day’s eve party at Fubar, from 6 PM until late, on January 25*.
Two Guys and a Pie will take over Stadium Dog out front and effectively turn it into Stadium Pie while the bar proper will have Coopers and VB beers, Aussie wines, (probaby) Bundaberg rum and music by the band Strange Visitations and DJ Fat “Troy” Slim, the latter potentially wearing his red velour jacket. Two-for-one on that VB (rmb35) and Coopers (rmb45) until 9:30 PM. See poster below for more details.
* I realize Australia Day is on January 26, it’s just that this party is a day earlier, so if you hang around until midnight you have both covered, right? And for those who haven’t read this far, and instead saw “January 25″ and immediately decided to send me an angry email about my ignorance of Australian history, then all I have to say is, “Double dingo chinwaggin’ tinnie outback bludger tickety-boo.”
- Australia Day in Beijing: Two gallons of vegemite at Bang Bang, plus Stumble, 12sqm, Deli de Luxe (2013)
- Australia Day in Beijing: Go double dingo tickety-boo next Wednesday (2011)
- Ned’s last stand: Nanluoguxiang bar to close this Friday (2011)
- Australia Day: The Ned’s, 12sqm, Mao Mao Chong pub crawl, plus more (2010)
- Australia Day II: Throw yet *another* shrimp on the barbie (2009)
- Australia Day: Sink a few tinnies in Beijing (2009)