Article By XIANEASE
Stop us if you’ve heard this story before: you just had a late shift at the office, you didn’t get a chance to eat and now you’ve got to rush off directly from work to go meet someone somewhere for drinks or whatever on an empty stomach. It’s a not-uncommon refrain from those that are subjected to the often odd working hours of their jobs, and a situation that can lead to an evening of discomfort, a nasty spell of drunkorexia, or, even worse, the emergence of the Hulk within you (because they won’t like you when you’re hangry). For all of you dedicated and overworked bar rats, a place where you can get a good drink as well as a bite to eat can be a godsend. A stop by one of these local bars will kill two birds with one stone.
Xian Brewery is still a relative newcomer to the bar scene finding its niche, but their “gastropub” concept is hard to resist. Truly, no other bar in town is even trying to be as committed to both good food and good drink as they are. Their shiny first-floor brewery pumps out some of the best suds around, and their kitchen makes some fine dishes perfect for any westerner missing a good burger or sandwich like they can get back home.
Address: #9 Yannan 1 Lu, Man Di Guang Chang Xi Ce
Phone: (029) 8955 7872
Hours: 10:00pm – Midnight
The “beer supermarket” fad was, depending on how you look at it, either a wave of hoppy goodness come to wash away the tides of Jiudu, or a plague of cookie-cutter, no-service bars that weren’t worth leaving your house for. Kuni Blue survived the fad and thrives now, and I don’t think that’s a coincidence—what separated them from the pack was the fact that they had a kitchen that turned out some good food. There aren’t any “meals” to speak of, but you could easily cobble together something substantial from their menu, which includes simple fare like French fries alongside more adventurous dishes like octopus salad.
Address: B101, Yin Xiang Song Yuan
Square, Outside South Gate
Phone: 185 9188 2318
Hours: 6:00pm – 2:00am
Malt Hall differs from the other entries on this list by not having a kitchen. You’re probably thinking: “How can I eat if there’s no kitchen!?” Well, don’t worry, they cover for this by having cultivated some guanxi with the neighboring restaurants. For example, there’s the Japanese place that’ll send some sushi over, the coffee shop that has some western food and, if you’re really jonesing, you can get some barbecue. I guess it’s true what they say: location is everything.
Address: Xiang Shu Jie Qu, Southwest Corner of Fenghui Nan Lu and Keji 6 Lu Intersection, Gaoxin District
Phone: (029) 8845 6484 181-9200-7980
Hours: 3:00pm – 2:00am
This bar, tucked away in the giant shopping street at Wulukou, doesn’t get a lot of hype, but they’re definitely giving it their all. It’s one of those “Batman” kind of bars: mild-mannered café during the day, but at night they break out the booze and go full watering hole. For such a small place their menu is staggering: pizzas and salads share menu space with cakes, pasta and fried rice, among other things. As a side note, these guys are on delivery app e le me, and will send out food and beer and even bottles of whiskey, if you’re in their delivery zone.
Address: #10122, Building 12, Pedestrian Street, Min Le Yuan Wanda, Jie Fang Road
Hours: 2:00pm – 11:00pm
ICE POND BAR
Sometimes, more than flash and foreign food, you want to get a local experience. For that, Ice Pond Bar might be the place. In contrast to the other bars on this list, which are chockablock with options and variations, Ice Pond is a little less diverse: they’ve got beer, and they’ve got local barbecue, and you’re probably going to have to get out your Chinese-reading eyes to get some of it for yourself. Although, one has to admit: there’s something to be said for simplicity, and a cold beer and a skewer of meat is sometimes just what the doctor ordered.
Address: #19 Bing Jiao Xiang
Phone: (029) 8736 0431 137-7202-3280
Hours: 7:00pm – 3:00am
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