The name may suggest an inferiority complex, but is, in fact, a cheekily self-referential title from owner Trevor Metz, who gave up his former business, Grinders, to his ex-wife – hence ‘Plan B’. Even if we didn’t already know, the fact that it’s owned by a bachelor would’ve been obvious: adorned with sport memorabilia, a signed Dire Straits guitar, and soundtracked by country, blues and rock ’n’ roll, Plan B is practically dripping with blokiness.
A narrow layout makes the bar the focal point, and with a decent selection of beers and cider – Strongbow (45RMB) and Tiger (25RMB) on draught – it’s a goodplace to start. If the neon ‘No hipsters’ sign sets out the bar’s manifesto, the playful suggestion that ‘Eight gimps died making your bar stool, show some respect’ sets Plan B apart as somewhere that emphasises having fun. This bar is a labour of love, and the various photos of red-faced regulars on the walls suggest the punters agree.
If you were a fan of the grub at Grinders
, you won’t be disappointed by Plan B either. Chow down on a cheeseburger, cooked on their outside barbeque (40RMB), or a Sloppy Joe (40RMB) – both fine, manly slabs of meat. Our only complaint is that the burger came with crisps (chips) instead of chips (French fries) – was something lost in translation? Still, you don’t have to be born within spitting distance of the Mississippi to enjoy this good ol’ slice of Americana; shepherd’s pie (35RMB) on the menu and a promise to play sports from around the world on the three flat-screen TVs indicate an all-inclusive boys’ club. If you live in the Shuangjing area, you couldn’t hope for a better local.