By Jim Boyce | Eudora Station in Lido celebrates its 14th birthday this weekend with a three-night jubilee. Expect live music today and Sunday, from 6:30 PM to late, with a lineup that includes the house bands from Huangzhou and Ningbo. Looks like a nice setup! Food and drink tickets are rmb168 and rmb268: see poster below for more details.
Herbal, with a theme of cocktails with Chinese medicinal ingredients, officially opens tonight off Xindong Road. The owners include Beijing bar veterans Ah Jin, Jack Zhou and CJ—known for Shooters, 1F, The Bar and more—with design from Pop-Up Beijing’s Glenn Schuitman. See poster below for more details on the opening.
Woohoo at Hulu as this Swire Village South venue has launched five new cocktails. Each uses gin from Frankie Zhou, owner of Botany Bar and long-time collaborator with the TRB team behind Hulu.
Pickled beet fans now have their own cocktail, with cream soda and wasabi at that. I liked Spring Fizz, a refreshing blend of cherry blossom jam and club soda smoothed out with a splash of coconut milk. And the punch to the taste buds courtesy of Kung Fu Gin, with lemon, orange and bitters. The new cocktails are priced from rmb68.
I also stopped into Hulu earlier this week to try the Martini and Negroni. Smart drinks—and good value at rmb58. (A couple of these photos are from Beijing F&B veteran Emily Yang.)
A slew of Beijing’s veteran bars and restaurants have closed over the past few years, with Durty Nellie’s the most recent to join that list. Given this, it is amazing Jazz-Ya not only marked its 23rd birthday but also continues to do a good business just off Nali Studio. The rest of Nali Studio, which once housed the likes of Alameda, Kiosk and Bottega, is now totally closed off.