Hidden Pleasures: A Look at Beijing’s Best Speakeasies
SOCIETE PERRIER: Inspired by America’s sinfully glamorous Prohibition era, Beijing’s modern speakeasies are stylish venues with hard-to-find locations that add to their intrigue. Drinks are plentiful, the lights are dim and the conversations are intimate — just what you’d expect from a hideaway. Below, a few of the Chinese capital’s standout speakeasies.
Janes and Hooch
The Location: A former industrial mess hall with a nondescript, unmarked entrance in the lively Gongti Bei Lu area.
The Scene: A fashionable mix of young, local and expat professionals.
The Music: Classic jazz and blues in a sleek, urban, candle-lit setting so authentic, you’d expect Al Capone to walk in.
The Cocktail: The Chicago Fizz — a dangerous blend of rum, ruby port, citrus, gomme syrup and egg whites.
Interesting Fact: Less than a year old, this stunning bar was named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s best new bars of 2013.
The Location: Underground, behind a faux-brick wall of Stadium Dog (a hot-dog shack) located at the football arena, Workers Stadium.
The Scene: The stylish décor of the high-ceiling venue attracts young, trendy locals ranging in age from 20 to 30 years old…(full article)
A Chinese tribute to a once-forbidden pastime.
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Published at Societe Perrier on October 10th 2013
Photo Source: Courtesy of Ichikura and Janes & Hooch