Email: beijingboyce (at) yahoo.com
Facebook: Beijing Boyce
Sibling site: Grape Wall of China
In October 2005, I started a biweekly e-newsletter about the Beijing nightlife scene that covered everything from bar news and reviews to wine tastings to the drinking adventures of my friends. In October 2006, I uploaded 70,000 words worth of newsletters and formally kicked off this blog.
I write the blog from a consumer perspective. I have not owned or managed a bar, nor am I an expert on wine, vodka, whiskey, cocktails, or any other beverages. My main goal is to pass bar information to fellow consumers.
The blog is nonprofit. I pay for my drinks, for wine tastings, and so on. There are times when I accept freebies, such as at media events (at which no one pays), at bars I regularly patronize (an occasional drink is standard customer service), andwhen I play “guinea pig” for a bartender who wants me to test new cocktails (the bill is waived in lieu of danger pay). I would make explicit any exception, such as if I accepted a free seat to a wine tasting I could not afford, say, an RMB88,888 Bordeaux extravaganza (it hasn’t happened yet).
I started the blog because I like writing and have penned three columns, two newsletters, and many freelance articles over the years. Since Beijing has a rapidly changing nightlife scene and because I have a notebook, writing about the city’s bars was a natural, especially as my work has involved me meeting many business acquaintances for drinks. The drinking scene is also a popular topic since almost everyone has a favorite bar, knows a good spot to take visitors to Beijing, or can opine on the pros and cons of baijiu. My newsletter and blog aim to be part of this by providing useful information – hopefully in an entertaining way – to help people make the most of their nights out on the town.