Ron Mexico

  • Bars
  • Hutong Bars
17 Yongkang Hutong, Dongcheng district (off Andingmen Nei Dajie)
In the States, Ron Mexico is the alias of disgraced former NFL footballer, Michael Vick, who, in addition to being charged with dog-fighting, allegedly used the moniker during his treatment for genital herpes. Smooth.

In Beijing, Ron Mexico is a snug, two-storey neighbourhood whisky and cocktail bar packed with community feels and palpable cheer. Owners Adam and Amir are your hosts and will gladly acquaint you with all who swing by – if you're into it. If not they'll leave you be. Marry that social intuition with a swag of tongue-in-cheek paintings on the wall, including a young Obama blazing a cheeky one, and you'll soon realise there's a lot to like here. 

At present it's the only bar in the city to serve locally brewed Buzz beer (25RMB a bottle); a far superior alternative to your Tiger or Tsingtao. Ron's also got you covered if you're after something craftier by way of a fetch-your-own fridge at the entrance. Trust. Community. Honour. Choose from a list of seasonal cocktails or go ahead and create your own. The latter will get your photo on the wall. Community. And if you're hungry, the guys will happily fix you a solid sandwich – try the house-made pulled pork (45RMB).   

Just so we're on the same page – this is a small space. If you're not into squishing up into your drinking opposite until you're not sure where you begin and they end, you'd do better to go elsewhere. But you're in Beijing and are presumably as addicted to the bustle of its 21-odd-million hustlers as the rest of us. 

Ron Mexico is a great place to get to know a few.
Venue name: Ron Mexico
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Opening hours: 5pm-late Sun-Sat
English address: 17 Yongkang Hutong, Dongcheng district (off Andingmen Nei Dajie)
Chinese address: 北京市东城区永康胡同17号 (附近安定门内大街和永康胡同的路口)