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Mao Mao Chong

This relaxed hutong bar is well known for its creative cocktails and reasonably priced international beers and wines. The walls are decorated with art by the bar's multi-talented owners, a husband and wife team who also cook up some of the city's best gourmet pizza. Just east of Nanluoguxiang, Mao Mao Chong is the perfect escape from Beijing's flashy bar district.



Mao Mao Chong is set in a traditional Beijing house with rustic, high-beamed ceiling complemented by a modern concrete and wooden bar, modern artworks and lighting, giving a relaxed homely atmosphere while still being a cool bar.

Still the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of Beijing’s flashy bar districts.

At the new Ban Chang location we also offer delicious Italian style thin crust pizza. Leek and blue cheese, pancetta and broccoli, potato, caramelized onion and rosemary are just some of our delicious pizzas on the menu.

We’ve also updated the drinks menu with some new mouth watering cocktails, more beers, warm naughty nightcaps and lots of delicious non-alcoholic concoctions.

Drop by and check it out!





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###Mao’s Metamorphosis

Mao Mao Chong’s re-launch near Nanluoguxiang marks a metamorphosis for the venue and one of the most exciting openings of 2010. Beers start at ¥13 and the specialty cocktails are superb and reasonably priced. Try the MMC martini—tequila, Grand Marnier, honey-infused vodka, fresh ginger and lime (¥35). Now in a large, converted hutong home, MMC has room for art on the walls, skylights and comfortable seating. A former chef at an Italian restaurant in Melbourne, owner Stephen Rocard also makes delicious pizzas with hearty homemade crusts (¥15-55).

Info:
Name in Chinese:
毛毛虫
Price Range:
¥100-199
Address:
12 Banchang Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie
Address in Chinese:
交道口南大街板厂胡同12号
Opening Hours:
Bar: Mon-Sun, 6pm-late. Kitchen: Tue-Sun, 6-11:30pm. Lunch: Fri-Sun, 12-3pm
Phone:
6405-5718
Website:
http://www.maomaochongbeijing.com/
E-mail:
liufeng19860224@126.com
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Address:
12 Banchang Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie
Phone:
6405-5718
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austinelucy's picture

Mao Mao Chong serves some seriously good cocktails - priced at around ¥50 each. You are definitely spoilt for choice, as their cocktail menu spills over a page and a half. I had the white chocolate piña colada, Bloody Mao (a delicious twist on the classic Bloody Mary) and the Cherry ripe. There pizza isn't bad either - between our group of 6 we sampled most of the pizzas on the menu, priced around ¥60. Whilst not the cheapest feed for a group of students, the pizza did not skimp on flavour or authenticity. The bar has a great vibe, and the service was very attentive. Definitely a bar worth checking out in the Gulou area!
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Cozy atmosphere, great drinks and tasty pizza!
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My absolute favorite hutong bar...great, cheap pizzas and amazing unusual and classic cocktails. Decent beer selection. Great quality at affordable prices. So happy they are open during the day now. Check their website for promotions. So intimate. Worth every penny.
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siennapc's picture

I hadn't visited MMC for a couple years, and it was even better than I remembered. The drinks list is AWESOME. I just ordered whatever my eyes fell on first, because all the drinks looked good, and I ended up with two absolutely wonderful Thai-tasting cocktails. Especially delicious was one with kaffir lime vodka and coconut vodka. And the drinks are only RMB45! And the place was packed, but it was pretty easy to get the staff's attention, and they made the drinks quickly.
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nonat's picture

Great bar that escapes the too-flashy tourist vibe of Nanluo, complete with refreshing rooftop seating. I went with a crowd of 10, and the owner's were super accommodating, although it was Friday and MMC was packed. There did seem to be some confusion with the wait staff when we ordered drinks (beer v. shots, etc), but that was probably my friend's fault for being too drunk. Anyway, I'll def be back
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Love this place. The drinks are super interesting and tasty, the artwork is inspired, and the vibe is cool. It's one of those hip hutong bars that you've always got in your back pocket when you have someone to impress. The owners give great service and are happy to direct you towards your drink. Also they have craft beer on tap for those uninterested in their infusions. We had a pizza and it was seriously one of the better ones I've had in this city. Can't say enough good things about the place.
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Love this bar so much more with each visit. The cocktails are creatively devised by one of the owners and their food is hand made by the other. Crowd wise the folks are very interesting and I love the artwork. Drinks are affordable and service is offered up with a smile.
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andreapark's picture

Very tasty and creative cocktails in a laid-back setting - drinks are only 35 kuai on Wednesdays. The bartenders are friendly and the space is teeny but sweet. MMC can be a little hard to find, as it is off the beaten path, but good for a weekday drink.
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Best pizza in a longtime and very interesting cocktails. Bloody Mary was just perfect, I really recommend if you like Bloody Mary.
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I like this place but the only disadvantage is the location. The overall atmostphere is good and at the bar though its getting crowded as its getting popular so thats sotimes becomes a issue when for service and things like that -too many people sometimes. I like otherwise the eats and drinks too they have a special menu or different varieties.
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citybeijingvin's picture

Great pizza, location and quality drinks. I regret the owners weren't cheerful at all ...I don't remember any smile on their face from the second we got in until the end.
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I'm a huge MMC fan. Love the pizza, love the drinks. The owners are cool. But one thing continues to irk me about this place--sudden, unannounced closures for private parties. I cycle a half an hour in the cold, thinking about a pizza and a cocktail the entire way, only to be barred entrance. Plenty of people inside having a good old time. But I'm not welcome. This happened to me tonight and its not the first time. Private parties are good business I'm sure. And there's no easy/obvious solution to the problem except for calling ahead. Which is I guess what I'll have to do from now on everytime I feel like going there. Also just noticed above in the contributor description it says no private parties on friday or sat and tonight is most definitely friday.
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pastiche's picture

Am absurdly pleased to have discovered this place a couple of weeks ago. Mao Mao Chong has fabulous, creative drinks and a great vibe to boot. Big fan of their Thirsty Caterpillar, and the unlisted tomato-wasabi-sake concoction Stephanie whipped up last Thursday. Sounds interesting, tastes better. Will give the pizzas a shot next time!
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ljohnson's picture

The bartender prefers to be called a mixologist-- this alone is testament to the innovation of the mixed drinks at Mao Mao Chong. Seasonal drinks for spring are fresh and crisp, and the 'mixologists' are happy to recommend drinks to picky clients.
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Mao Mao Chong continues to impress. The summer drinks menu has a number of stunners. My favorite is the fig-infused old fashioned for ¥45.
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I am glad my friend took me to this wonderful bar. Their Chocolate pizza is GREAT! Rich chocolate with fresh blood orange, plus the Rum and Raisin ice-cream - Yum! The owners make their own ice, ask for a shot of whiskey if you liked the big rectangle ice, or one of their new cocktails if you wanted their ball shape ice with Rosemary in it. Fancy! I had the most enjoyable experience here and I will go back there again and again. Because the service is good, the quality of the food and drinks are great!
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Mao Mao Chong is the 5th king of the crusts in Beijing (says by Timeout) and personally I think it should be the 3rd. Plus this place is one of the best cocktail bars in Beijing. Their thoughtful and amazing winter drinks made my night! And I LOVE their NON-SMOKING policy!
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Modern mixology, like today’s fine cuisine, has become a throw-down to see who can create the most complex, fascinating drinks with new flavors and nifty ingredients. Mao Mao Chong's mixologists provide a list of fantastic creative cocktails. If you are looking for high quality but reasonably price classic cocktails, served by informative mixologists, this is the place too. They make THE BEST BLOODY MARY (also their bloody mao), MARGARITA, LONG ISLAND ICE TEA, MAI TAI, and CLASSIC MARTINI. (At least the best among the bars I have been in Beijing). Their Old Fashioned and Mojitos are very good too. And they have the BEST pizzas in town.
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As far as Beijing drinking options go, this might be one of the better ones! Owners Steven and Stephanie's dedication to their craft and their attention to quality makes this place in a league of its own. The cocktails are originals with many of their own creations/recipes that are definitely worth a taste and sure to get a giggle or two out of you. but what is impressive is how they're getting their classics done! The white russian is exquisite, the Moscow Mule ( and it's CArribean cousin, the Jamaican mule) refreshing. Now, they've tackled the Original Trader's Vicks Mai Tai and have done one hell of a job getting it almost perfect... it's that dedication that sets Mao Mao Chong apart from the rest. The Pizza are very much above par for beijing with quality ingredient and fresh dough. another plus is the non-smoking environment.. even as a smoker myself, i appreciate getting home after a night out drinking and not smelling like an ashtray.. Keep it up guys and i'll keep coming.
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This place is great. I've been going pretty often for the past two weeks. Drinks are reasonably priced (30-45RMB) for cocktails, but the pitcher of sangria is the real value. It's absolutely delicious and filled with chunks of fresh fruit. The bar also has its own selection of infused vodkas which they use to make some of the most creative drinks you'll see in Beijing. The Tail of the Dragon, a chili-infused vodka martini with coconut and lychee liquer, is an absolute marvel to taste. The place is pretty quiet and empty even on weekends, so check it out if you're looking for a nice place to just relax.
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If you have an insatiable appetite for cocktails, mao mao chong is the right place for you. The drinks menu offers a thirst-bustingly wide selection of Stephen's cocktail creations as well as carefully selected spirits and beers. They were even unswervingly accommodating for a companion who wanted a non-alcoholic selection! The surroundings are cool, atmospheric with the focus being on you having a great time, every time.
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You can't be living in Beijing without having the real Italian pizza, and Mao Mao Chong Bar Pizza is a great place to start. Chef Stephen serves classic pizzas, like margherita, Garlic and Herb. They are simple but great Italian gourmet pizzas that will leave you saying, "Buono!"
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Great bar off nlgx. MMC has very good and original drinks. Some of them made from their home infused vodkas (ginger, vanilla and lemongrass are awesome. Basil worth the try). Good selection of beers and excellent pizzas. The owners are very friendly and always play good music. If there is one spot you do not know yet in town and you should try, it is definitely MMC.
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This is my favorite bar in the city. They're hot drinks were perfect during the colder weather, and now that it's warm, Stephen's been busting out more fantastic new mixed drinks/cocktails and making his own infused spirits--definitely try the hawthorn vodka! The lay-out is relaxed and fun, the tunes are always good and there's a love story painted across the bathroom. What more can you want?!
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Quality pizzas, quality drinks, value beers (Sam Adams RMB25), quality ambiance, quality people.
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Fantastic bar just off Nanluoguxiang. Non-pretentious, inviting atmosphere, with solid bartending and gregarious ownership. An excellent drink menu, which features home-infused vodkas (try the Roolbus or Oolong for a treat) and a good selection of Aussie beers. The drinks are strong (The Mao Mao Chong Martini tastes good, but packs a hellacious punch) and are very reasonably priced. This place has quickly become one of my favorite bars in Beijing...
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Very good place, good drinks and cheap (no fake), relaxing athmospher, you are sure to meet easy going people there :) Owners are friendly, play the music you want, know a lot about attractions in beijing It's a good place for residents in beijing after a hard day working but also for a traveler who want to meet local and make friends or need some good advise to visit beijing and china.
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The new bar pizza with friendly owners still; a bigger and better space with great italian styled pizza (the best dough ever)! Chocolate pizza is the treasure with a cup of coffee. A hidden gem with great music, self-designed good quality t-shirts and great home made infused vodka. Where else am I havin my birthday party?
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perfect spot. great music, great folk (the owners are kick-ass and designed all the artwork themselves), great booze (i second your emotion, petef: lemongrass-infused vodka is incredible), great pizza (i tried the little devil, good spice). gotta get me a t-shirt next time...
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Ok, it's like this: - want to be somewhere new? - cool but not pretentious? - friendly owners happy to talk bollocks after a hard day? - cheeky beers that taste like beer not nats pee? - homemade flavoured vodka ..lemongrass rules right? - pizza della mamma on tap? - tom waits live? (well i pod anyway) well, its the bar you need people. try it.
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A special place to be party
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It's a geartest place I have ever been
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Nestled in amongst this little street and beautiful hutongs, you will find 2 of the best hosts around and some great drinks! Really impressed with how they have designed the bar so it fits in with the surrounding area and hutongs. The best Vietnamese coffee I have had outside of Hanoi (try it with a nip of whiskey).
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A great bar and great hosts! Something special in the hutongs of Beijing and worth the visit. Very good prices and love the atmosphere.
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During my stay of 5 days in Beijing, I bounced on this little bar named Mao Mao Chong. The owners were very helpfull and friendly, making my stay in Beijing a new experience I will never forget. They gave me some insight of the city, tips on how to travel, where to travel, just some help for somebody in need. Like we use to say in Holland: " klein maar fijn!", meaning something like 'small but fine', I would definately suggest this little place to others... Cheers folks :-)
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Mao Mao Chong brings something new and fresh to BJ bar scene.This cozy bar has a unique design,the owners are friendly and you can be sure that you will get your drink just the way you like it.Definetely worth a try!
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After I've been to few bars in Bei Jing, I have to say I finally found this bar special. Mao Mao Chong Bar & Shop is owned by an Australian Guy. He designed everything himself. By looking at this bar, I really appreciate all his hard work, because he kept the original si he yuan design, and it reminds me the old bei jing. The lights, the wall etc. everything just very traditional, and he put the bar and a shop together, which I only saw this in Hong Kong. Plus he made all the furniture, they are just very comfortable. I bought a very nice traditional Ladies top from him, and I had a very nice cup of Vietnamese coffee. It's been a long while I had a good day at a place like that. Good customer service is the most important thing. From this place, I got a smile from the boss, and they are just friendly. Another thing is amazed me is they organized some events like Mahjong lessons, Free Chinese Lessons, the reasons of setting up these events are: 1. they want to teach the expats something traditional. 2. they want to help the expats out with their living in China. The shop has got cold t-shirts, and very nice drink and of course the respect for the customers.
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