Sips & Bites: That One Place closing, Jing-A opening, Herbal moving & more

Busy o’ busy these days but here are a few quick updates on the Beijing scene.

That One Place is set to close in two weeks as ‘Chef JeffPowell—known for consulting at Tube Station, Element Fresh and Flamme, among many others–wraps up a long stint. Powell’s projects on that strip included nail salon and cocktail bar Frost and Back Alley Bistro. (Good memories of barbecues / burgers out front in the summer of 2013!) Powel says the last day is July 7 or July 8, with “drink and eat the bar dry” parties on July 2 and July 3.

Herbal, the Xindong Road cocktail bar that features Chinese medicinal ingredients as a twist, will move within the next week. Co-owner Ah Jian says Herbal will have one last fling on Saturday and then pack everything and move it about 100 meters to the building due north. Look for Herbal to be back in business on July 2, with an official opening party on July 8.

Jing-A‘s newest branch is days from opening across from Forno and CHEERS on Phoenix Galleria’s Instreet. British pub food is the culinary theme. This is the fourth Jing-A branch, along with the Xingfucun, Longfusi and Guomao locations.

Berry Beans is opening its newest spot on Xingfucun Middle Road, just down from O’Steak, giving it five outlets in the city, including that popular kiosk on Sanlitun South. Coffee cold brewed, iced, hot, dirty and more, plus a collaboration beer with Slowboat. I suggest joining the online club—it’s free—since it means substantial drink discounts.

Burge’s Bistro & Bar is officially open across from TopWin on Sanlitun South, a welcome retreat on our street given the good drinks, good music and mighty powerful air-con. Burge’s has a dozen or so house cocktails plus the classics—a Botanist 22 or Peddler’s Gin martini is 80 kuai. It’s in the same space as the bar that could have been.

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