Re­served For The Re­fined

City Weekend - - Eat & Drink - Mina Yan

alk­ing into Fugue, our group let slip a unan­i­mous ‘whoa’. With two lo­ca­tions next to each other and both named Fugue, the bar’s sub­tle front doesn’t do it jus­tice in at­tract­ing the at­ten­tion of Beijing’s nightlife seek­ers. Al­though it’s lo­cated by the new Heaven Su­per­mar­ket, if you’re look­ing for a cheap and easy night out, look else­where. Fugue was built for the re­fined and so­phis­ti­cated.

The first thing that catches your eye is the de­sign. Fugue doesn’t fol­low tra­di­tional rules, nor does it chase be­ing branded ‘unique’ with some tacky getup. Look around the bar and take in the de­tails - from black and white pho­to­graphs on the wall, to a wall of vin­tage Le­ica cam­eras, to a one-of-a-kind bar top. The own­ers spared noth­ing in the name of de­sign.

In the back, wall af­ter wall of vinyl records are avail­able for sale. Whether you’re look­ing for some clas­si­cal, jazz, or rock, they’ve got all the gen­res. Slip in the back to the lis­ten­ing rooms and you can sit back, re­lax, and preview your al­bum with a drink in hand be­fore you pur­chase. Which other bar in Beijing can of­fer that?

Rare and ex­clu­sive is the general feel­ing when you visit Fugue. Not everyone will like it, but it was never meant to be for the masses. If you’re into a more re­fined night out, stop by Fugue and ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing new.

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A dif­fer­ent kind of night out

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