Written by Jack Marshall and Tracy

Xi’an in the winter and shopping share similar spots low down on my list of favorite things. This being said, I found myself standing outside Lotus, just off ke ji road, in the freezing cold with a thirst a small ocean would struggle to quench. That’s when I saw this great looking place just a few meters down the road.
Gelin Town has been open since November and yet it feels like an instant classic. At first I thought it was just a little restaurant. However, through the restaurant the real Gelin town emerges, a few tables and couches, live music stage and a small, but well equipped, bar all add to the ambience that makes this pub/restaurant a great find. I ordered a Guinness and looked through the menu.
Ah the menu, Gelin Town boasts an amazing selection of food. While the usual pub dishes such as burgers and pizzas are available, you will find T-bone steak, German sausage risotto and many more. Naturally I ordered the fillet steak and sipped on my beer. The menu has separate prices for members and non-members, however getting a membership is easy and well worth the discount on meals and drinks. Just then the chef arrived to ask me how I like my steak. His culinary skills shining through with every bite of the fillet that melted in my mouth.
Open from 11am till 2am, pop in to grab a quick lunch or swing by around 9:30 for the live music (Some of the best live singers I’ve heard in Xi’an). Great food and music only bested by the drink selection. With competitive prices and a few unique Beers I’ve only seen here, Gelin town is quickly becoming my first choice in watering hole.
A few beers later I left, and while the icy winds were still blowing and my shopping bags felt heavy in hand, I was glad to have found Gelin Town.
Pros: With great live music and affordable food and drinks, this bar should be atop everyone’s “favorite list”. The service was amazing.
Cons: None that I experienced.
  • Average Price per person/人均消费:Drinks: 45RMB Food: 50RMB
  • Address /地址:Block E, Wangzuo International, #1, Tangyan Road.( 唐延路1号 旺座国际E座 )
  • Tel /电话: 029-8177 5856
  • Hours /时间: 10:00am – 3:00am