Best value for money in Beijing if you are looking for a nice quiet quality drink, mixed with skill and made with real alcohol, to enjoy with a date or a couple of mates. Their house variations on the negroni and the old fashioned are both winners.
This place gets good gigs, but the place itself is kind of a dump. Acoustics are rather average. The design/layout of the venue is fine and enjoyable with less popular shows, but whenever the venue sells out there are way to many bottlenecks and frankly, only 1/5 of the entire place can actually get a half-decent view of the stage. Sad fact is though, that Beijing is still pretty lacking when it comes to well-designed and functioning live venues, so this is where most of the good gigs have to come. Drinks are overpriced and weakly mixed, as is to be expected of any livehouse.
Nice atmosphere, although the whole faux-bauhaus cafe/bar aesthetic is somewhat beginning to wear thin. All this exposed concrete grey + brightly accented minimalist chic hutong places are beginning to blend into one another. Have only tried their pizzas. Rather authentic Italian style. Toppings are not overly complicated and overloaded in the American style, but kept simple and delicious. Their house special is easily the best of their offerings. Their dough is thin and crunchy, so may not be for everyone. Still think that Pizza+ is the best joint in town, but within the 2nd ring road at least, Ramo is the new king of italian pie.
Pretty darn good burgers, some of them damn right massive! That said, the place smells like a deep fryer. Had dinner there and came out smelling like bad oil. They gotta burn candles or something to deal with this as it makes the experience unpleasant. Service was pretty good and friendly! I won't go back until i'm sure i wont need a scrubbing right after dinner.
I've always enjoyed dining at the Punjabi restaurant ( that's where Bamiyan is located ), so when I got to know they had an afghan menu, I thought I had to give it a try. I'm sorry to say, but it was a disappointment. The food was less than average and the service on that day was sloppy. My waitress had to reconfirm my order twice. She also got my friend's order wrong and gave her a nasty look when we left. The Indian food is way better.
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