By Jim Boyce | Sad news that veteran cocktail bar Mokihi on Lucky Street closed, a bar that helped further establish the quality drink scene here in Beijing. Mokihi was opened by Motonari Uchiyama, who long-timers might also remember from his past projects with Daisuke Onishi, places like Twilight and Er. Both were early partners in Apothecary.
The good news: Uchiyama’s newer Mokihi bar, in Sanlitun’s 3.3 building, is still open as are Onishi’s VinVino, a wine and tapas bar, and Tora Tori-Ya Yakitori and Highball Bar.
Mokihi on Lucky Street had a speakeasy feel at a time when such venues weren’t so ubiquitous, and fit into what regulars came to expect at Er and Twilight. It offered a modestly sized comfortably lit space, with a dozen or so seats, where you could expect capable service, well-made drinks — I veered toward the Aviation — and a “get away from it all” atmosphere. It’s sad to see Mokihi close but good that both Uchiyama and Onishi are still very active in the bar scene.Check out my lists of Beijing food deals and drink deals. Also get updates via Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. And check out my sibling sites Grape Wall of China, World Baijiu Day and World Marselan Day. If this site helped you find new bars, restaurants, foods and drinks, or saved you money, consider helping to cover the hosting and other costs with a WeChat or PayPal donation.