Zhangzizhong Lu's latest addition Arch makes a welcome addition to a fairly bar-deprived neighbourhood. Located just metres from Yugong Yishan
in the Duan Qirui Former Government Building compound, visitors need to pass through the compound's red doors and guard station before walking through the carpark and turning right. There, you'll see illuminated golden arches (not the McDonald's kind), a figurative light at the end of the tunnel letting you know you're in the right place. Side note: entry's also gained by pressing the button on the wall to the right of the door (to stop you scrabbling around looking for a door handle). We mention all this, because Arch has been notoriously difficult to find for many a keen drinker.
With its rustic stone walls, wooden rafters and dim lighting, Arch offers a cosy nook to sip on cocktails. Its menu offers an extensive range of whiskeys and wine, as well as a curated cocktail list (90-125RMB), with drinks such as Guilty Pleasure (spiced rum, coffee liqueur, meloncello, quail egg, lemon cream) and Somewhere in Time (truffle oil, bourbon, cognac, chocolate vermouth, bitters), as well as classic negronis and old-fashioneds (85-95RMB).