New venues: Yu Bar and Mexican Kitchen & Bar

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Yu Bar and Mexican Kitchen & Bar have opened in the former Cru Wine Bar space by the Sanlitun Youth Hostel.

The venues offer seating at the bar or in three narrow table-filled areas, with the decor dominated by wood and illuminated by the now-standard Edison lighting. One room has a row of beer fridges stocked with about 100 options, El Nido-style.

Mixed drinks start at rmb30 (rmb25 during happy hour) and there are a few nifty whiskies behind the bar, including a few Japanese single malts. As for beer, I grabbed a bottle of Asahi, a reasonable rmb15. That beer is also on tap, at rmb23 for 500 ml, along with several other options.

When I stopped on Wednesday around midnight, the sole table of patrons was engaged in the most raucous dice game I’ve seen in years, so I split after a quick beer and will return for another look soon.

And to try the food. The menu lists chips and salsa (rmb18). buttitos (from rmb45), and nachos and fajitas (from rmb50).

(Thanks to DW for the heads up.)

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