Five Friday Deals
5-8 PM | Q Bar: 元25 mixers, 元35 martinis, mojitos & more. Plus 元45 mint juleps all month.
4-8 PM | Beer Mania: Half-price Belgian draft beer, cocktails.
4-8 PM | Blue Frog: Buy one, get one free beer, cocktails, house wine.
4-7 PM | Moka Bros: 元30 cocktails, house wine, Tsingtao. Nice Bloody Marys.
5-7 PM | Pop-Up: House red, white, rose 元40 per glass.
Bonus | XL has happy hour prices all Friday.
McDonald’s links with Evergrande for China hinterland push | Financial Times
An Action Hero Beats Box Office Records in China | New York Times
China’s Mobile Payment Solutions Taking Root in U.S., Europe | Forbes
Chinese crime writer arrested for four cold-case murders | Guardian
Malaysia to launch three-day durian festival in China | Star Online
For Mike Peters (China Daily), who has late-stage pancreatic cancer and is in Beijing hospice care. TRB Copper, 3-6 PM, August 20. Cash / Wechat donations at door: each 元100 includes raffle ticket for dinners at top restaurants, more. Light snacks plus drinks by Slow Boat, BBC, XL, CHEERS, Sommelier Int’l and Wine Republic.
August 20 Mike Peters fundraiser
August 26 Ariana Grande, Wukesong
August 26 The Hutong 10th Birthday
August 26 China World Vertical Run: 82 floors, 2,041 steps
August 27 Mayweather-McGregor, open 8 AM, event 11 AM+, Paddy O’Shea’s
September 15-16 Beijinger Pizza Cup 2017, Wangjing Soho
Beijing Sips & Bites
Open | Joe’s Bar & Grill: Gongti West. | MoxiMoxi 2: 22 Beixinqiao Santiao. | Tiki Bungalow 3: Jiadaokou Bei San Tiao, near Beiping Taproom. | Purple Bar in Purple Isle, near Gongti north
Birthdays | The Hutong turns 10 on August 26 with a rooftop party. Food, drink, live music, 4-7 PM. Tickets 元150 (元120 for members)
Upcoming | Iqiyi Cafe (formerly Terra, Rickshaw, Midnight) to become dessert joint. | First Canadian wine sommelier contest in China. Details. | Cannon’s burgers (hurry guys!) on Xingfuncun Middle Road. With delivery. | Vin Vie II off Sanlitun South.
Fundraisers | For Mike Peters. TRB Copper, August 20, 3-6 PM. Donation at door: each 元100 includes raffle ticket.
Paddy O’Shea’s is back with a kick-ass fantasy league for football / soccer fans. Five weekly prizes, already 200-plus team. Want to join? Details here. Just need the league code? It’s 961225-230416.
Grace Vineyard in Shanxi is arguably the biggest China wine success story of the millennium. On its 20th birthday, I asked CEO Judy Chan 20 questions. Details.
Pop-Up Beijing again put on a superb World Baijiu Day event, this time teaming with Sue Zhou on food and launching a spirit by Nine Inch. Details.