New Fangs, Same Bite
s hutong haunt after hutong haunt bite the government-mandated-beautification dust, we are tremendously pleased when we hear that one of our favorite spots has relocated, emerging like a greycoated phoenix from the brick-ash. Fang bar was extremely quick off the mark to scope out a new location, and they now occupy a slither of non-hutong space (read: less threat of surprise demolishment) just down the road from their original location.
The change, however, might not be immediately apparent upon entry because, in a defiant act of resistance, Fang literally picked up the door from their Fangjia location and reinstalled it. The same cocktail expertise also remains, with the bartenders providing the more discerning Gulou locals with quality spirits, well made classics, and Chinese twists. We enjoyed the floral notes of Jasmine tea in the Fei Fei Martini (¥65) and red bean paste makes for an interesting take on an
Aold fashioned in the Monkey King (¥65). So what has changed? The space is bigger and the bar is longer, giving space for serious drinkers to settle down eye-to-eye with their talented mixologists. On weekend evenings, a DJ spins deep house and sophisticated grooves, and the outdoor area is larger than before. They’re also serving pizza, cheese, and nibbles from the supermarket next door.
Change can be inspiring, and in this case, out of great difficulty emerged a bigger, better operation than before, with all the suave cool of the Fang bar we know and love but a few upgrades that ensure it’ll stay on our radar. If only all our other recently demolished favorites could follow the same path.