Anchor has opened just around the corner from that alley packed with BBC, Big Smoke, Corner Melt and Frost off Xingfucun Middle Road, due north of Workers Stadium. It’s still a bit rough around the edges but two visits revealed that this former dumpling shop is already drawing a steady flow of curious imbibers.
Anchor has three rooms, including the main area with the bar and two spaces to the side where people can relax with a drink and catch a game. About 20 people were on hand Sunday night for the Arsenal-Manchester United match.
Drink options include five draft beers (Carlsberg at rmb15, Guinness at rmb50, Delirium Tremens, etc), house wine (rmb30) and cocktails (from rmb45). Whiskies start at rmb50 for Laphroaig 10. I had a Negroni and, if that drink is any indication, they pour heavy here.
I was told the food menu should be available in a week or so. If this place can pull off “hot buttered English muffins with crisp bacon, two poached eggs, spinach and Hollandaise sauce” for the rmb42 listed, I’ll be showing up.
The team is a bit green, and super keen, so expect lots of questions about whether or not you like the bar and what might be improved.
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