Salud
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Fun and Rum at Salud in Beijing
Things can get sloppy at Salud. This French-managed spot epitomizes "renao" -- roughly meaning 'hot and noisy' or 'lively'. Old friends gather for drinks and make new friends with those at the next table. Catchy tunes, and sometimes live acts, play. One (or two) too many shots of the homemade infused rums -- another "Salud special"? Sure! -- go down the hatch. Again, it can get a bit sloppy. Salud sits in the heart of Nanluguoxiang -- a street that swings between densely crowded and deserted -- and ranks among the most reliable venues. From early evening onward, a crowd of locals, expats and tourists steadily grows at the communal tables on the lower level, the bar a half-level up, or in the lounge areas on the exposed balcony that extends along three sides of the place. I've spent many a night here, lingering for just one more drink, just one more conversation, before heading out to find a taxi on a nearly empty street that earlier that day would have been near-unnavigable due to the crowds. A quiet end to that hot and noisy night...
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