Hidden behind a grey faux-brick wall inside Stadium Dog, Beijing's original speakeasy now hosts live music on the weekends. The Hendrick's and tonic is still there, as are the fat Buddha drink cups. The crowd is much more local these days, but it's still a fun place to show out-of-towners, and not a bad bet for live performances in the Gongti area.
Fantastic spot. Great drinks and a fun atmosphere. Love the buddha cocktails served in ceramic buddhas.
Editor Rating (Review):
Average: 3(1 vote)
Revisited, February 2015
When we arrived in Beijing, the bar and cocktail landscape were a pale, pale imitation of the bounty Beijingers experience in 2015. For that reason (and because we loved the idea of speakeasies back then), you could find us at Fubar most weekends, ordering Hendricks-and-tonic with relish. Fast-forward half a decade and one can’t walk but for tripping over a speakeasy-style cocktail bar in Gongti, Chad Lager is nowhere in sight and did you just hear so-and-so bar has Monkey 47 for RMB80/glass? What we’re saying is the time seems ripe for Fubar to semi-rebrand. The sliding gray brick wall is still there, and so is the Hendrick’s (now a princely RMB90/glass). But on the weekends, they clear out the tables on the mezzanine and put up a stage for a fine selection of crowd-pleasing live bands. Something about the juxtaposition of old(er) and new(er) renders the joint as a heartwarming story of staying relevant in Beijing nightlife.