Firstly, anywhere with 10 kuai beers (and good beer too) on tap is going to get top marks from me. Besides that, the service is great, the music is oh-so-danceable, the atmosphere is unpretentious and somewhat rowdy, and on weekends there will be chaos of the best kind. It's the sort of place you can have a little (or big) dance all by yourself, whether it's on the bartop or in the corner of the room, and no one cares because everyone's having just as much fun.
This shop is one of my favorites! They have a great selection of clothes and accessories, every time I go there I leave with a buy. The service there is simply perfect, they are very polite, helpful and they hand wrap every thing that you buy. It gives you a special feeling when you come home and unwrap it!
Great place for chilling out with friends (or on your own) on weekdays, and perfect for rocking out later in the week. Some of the guys at the bar are really friendly, as is the manager Pink. Happy hour 1-for-1 beers till 10pm is a real steal too. It all goes really well with the rock n roll vibe and lots of live music! Good start to the night before you head down to Dada for more fun and madness.
It seems to be a thing that every big night in Beijing ends at Dada even though each time, you find yourself staggering out to discover that the sun has risen, you've lost your friends and somehow all your money is gone. The ultimate walk of shame as you, a drunk and slurry mess, walk the streets with fresh-faced locals on their way to work, or somewhere else of importance. The stories that are made will be often retold, with no one really sure what quite happened. Wait till next weekend. Repeat.
I highly recommend going to 8-bit on a date. There's something really romantic about owning your fella/lady at Street Fighter II on the streets of Beijing. My childhood self was pleased; I was that much closer to actually being Chun Li.
Big Smoke is quickly becoming a regular stop for me. It's got the great beer and the comfort food at decent prices without all the noise of comparable venues. LOve to sit outside in the evening or in the entrance way room on a weekend. Great place toplug and get work done actually. Plus there's Gordon the manager who is always there talking to customers and making everybody feel right at home. Only thing: please get proper beer glasses for the Jing A beers.
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