Photo courtesy of Mao Mao Chong
The Best Place to Start a Pub Crawl
Cafes, restaurants, and bars proliferate in the secluded hutong alleyways of Beijing. One of the best is Mao Mao Chong, a name that refers to "caterpillar"—and makes this seem an ideal spot to include on a pub crawl. Started by a Chinese and Australian couple, this narrow venue is decorated with their art—from screen prints to a deconstructed box spring mattress—beneath a sloped roof with exposed wood beams. Mao Mao Chong makes some of the better drinks in town, and uses local ingredients in the mix. The popular Mala Mule, a riff of the Moscow Mule, includes Sichuan peppercorn- and chili-infused vodka, while the Bloody Mao is a Chinese twist on the Bloody Mary. You can pair it with some tasty, thin-crust pizzas, and either stay for more cocktails or saunter over to nearby bars like 12SQM and Pass By Bar.
By J Boyce
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12 Banchang Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
+86 10 6405 5718