Hottest Sounds and Coldest Drinks at Dos Kolegas

Hottest Sounds and Coldest Drinks at Dos Kolegas

The best venues are often hard to find, which goes triple for Dos Kolegas – a dive bar so exceptionally clandestine, one might think they want to keep their fresh-grilled snacks, garden pool tables, and wide, well-priced selection of booze all to themselves. But seclusion has its benefits at this hoppin’ joint:  without neighbors to disturb, bands on the eclectic roster [...]

February 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm 0 comments

Tuned In at Yu Gong Yi Shan

Tuned In at Yu Gong Yi Shan

How does twenty-first-century indie music sound when it’s only been around for twenty years? Where do alt-leaning kids hang out in a place that didn’t have access to international cultural context until the ’80s? We went to Beijing’s leading independent music label’s fifth anniversary concert to find out. The Chinese music scene exploded in the early 2000s. Maybe Mars, a record [...]

October 21, 2013 at 1:24 pm 0 comments

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination, Beijing’s Premier Gay Club

Destination is Beijing’s premier gay club that’s been around for over 8 years. It’s more than just a club though – this imposing building in the Chaoyang District is a multi-story cultural center, with themed party rooms and bars on the first floor giving way to art galleries above, followed by community areas and a free HIV-testing clinic at the [...]

February 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm 0 comments

Moonglow Burlesque

Moonglow Burlesque

The word “Burlesque” means “to lampoon”, or “to subvert”. Today, this word is most often associated with the art of rollicking striptease. First popularized in mid-1800s England, this phenomenon has been enjoying a rampant Western revival since the nineties, but (save for Shanghai’s decadent 1930s) is relatively new to China. When this was written, Moonglow Burlesque was Beijing’s only burlesque [...]

January 23, 2013 at 7:57 pm 1 comment

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Alex Chow & Kyle Page, Black Eyeliner

Black Eyeliner is Beijing’s premier dark music monthly and Alexander Chow is the elfin master of ceremonies behind the event. He’s also the creative director of Chinese Vogue. The concept materialized in 2011, over beers with cofounder/DJ, Benjamin Bacon and mutual friend, Philana Woo, who named the event. We sat down at Black Eyeliner’s new home, DaDa Bar, to talk with Alex and [...]

December 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm 0 comments

Kin Hong – The Taco Bar Beijing – Salsa Recipe

Kin Hong – The Taco Bar Beijing – Salsa Recipe

One year ago, if you asked Kin Hong, a chef trained in classic French cuisine, if he could ever see himself opening a Mexican restaurant in China, he would’ve told you that you must be crazy. Now, he’s the proud owner of The Taco Bar in Beijing, the first of its kind. We visited Kin Hong’s establishment during its soft opening in August [...]

December 10, 2012 at 1:38 pm 0 comments