Article By Stephen Robinson
Subway Line 4, C Exit,Da Tang Fu Rong Yuan.
Phone: (029) 8913 7878
Hours: 11:00am – Midnight
Average Price per Person /人均消费: 123RMB
Craft Breweries have become increasingly popular in recent years, with many small micro-breweries popping up all over the country. With the increasing popularity, a few names have made it big, and have begun spreading to other cities in China, including Xi’an. One of the most recent additions to the Xi’an scene is Boxing Cat Brewery.
Originating in Shanghai, this brewery was started in 2008 when a group of friends decided that Shanghai was lacking the micro-brewing experience that was taking off in the US at the time, and they wanted a place that had both good drink and good food. Since opening their first shop, the brand has expanded to locations across China, including their Xi’an location at the Tang Paradise Gardens (DaTangFuRongYuan)
Located directly outside exit C of the DaTangFuRongYuan Subway stop, this brewery is divided into three levels, with the upper two deck being beer gardens, with taps on the middle level, and the bottom most level being the actual bar, complete with both indoor and outdoor seating. The whole place is decorated with lots of posters and picture, including the numerous awards that their beers have one. There is a small pool table and foosball table as well, if you’re looking to get your bar sports game on.
Being a craft brewery, there are a large number of different beers to choose from, with everything from light Kolsch to Imperial Stouts and everything in between. If you’re unsure about what you would like to drink, they also offer flights of their more popular beers for you to sample. The beer is really quite good, and there is a distinctive difference, both in flavor and strength, between all the beers, so no matter your taste, you are likely to find something. There are even fruit-based beers from the people who aren’t big fans of the bitterness of beer. The beers are divided into two price points, with their classic beers coming in at 50RMB for 500ml and their more specialty beers going for 58RMB for 500ml. On Mondays they run an All-Day Happy Hour, where 330ml glasses go for 35RMB all night. You can also catch their regular happy hour from 4PM-8PM every other day. There is also a small selection of cocktails available, though the emphasis is definitely on the beer.
In addition to all of the beer options, there is also an extensive food menu, with everything that you might expect from an American-styled Brewery. There are nachos, burgers, fries, steaks, and so much more. The menu, which was developed by the owners, contains options for just about everyone, including numerous vegetarian options. Each menu item, whether food or beer, has a boxing themed name, so you’ll want to read the descriptions to see exactly what you’re getting. Lucky, the entire menu is bilingual, with both Chinese and English written on there, and each menu item is detailed in its description. They can also make whatever omissions or substitutions you need to enjoy your meal.
On the day of our visit, we tried the burger, an absolutely massive double-patty burger with cheese, grilled onions and more. Together with the fries, it was almost too much to handle. We also tried the nachos, which were piled high and stacked with all of the toppings you could imagine, including guacamole, salsa, sour cream, jalapenos and cheese. The flavors reminded me strongly of simple bar food back home, and will certainly be nostalgic for any Americans that eat there.
It should be noted that the food also comes with a premium price tag, similar to another national western food chain that we have in Xi’an, Blue Frog, so you should expect to pay similar prices. However there are many deals that can be obtained, either through the 大众点评 app or through deals that they run themselves, such as buy-one-get-one-free burgers on Wednesdays and a brunch deal for 2hrs of free flow beer for 150RMB on weekends, available from 11AM-4PM. We were also informed that a brunch menu is on the way, for those of you that have been craving some wine and dine weekends.
So, if you’re looking for something new, love trying new beers, or are looking for some decent American-style bar food, then you might want to check out Boxing Cat Brewery. They are open for lunch and dinner daily and are a great place for enjoying the summer nights outdoors with a cold beer and some good friends.
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