New Fangs, Same Bite

City Weekend - - Eat & Drink -  Am­ber De La Haye

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.

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