Grinders is a pleasant local pub recently opened in Shuangjing (just down the road from fellow pleasant local pub The Brick). It is the newest venture to bear a stamp of approval from Chad Lager – formerly of The Rickshaw, currently owner of Fubar.
Grinders’ plain green walls are decorated sparsely, although a large bar stacked high with wine bottles on one side and spirits on the other adds character. A first floor mezzanine reached via a spiral staircase overlooks the main area, where tables and chairs are laid out in a fashion that suggests restaurant rather than bar.
The food on offer is a mixture of salads, burgers and giant sandwiches with delicious fillings such as slow-roasted beef, cut thin and spread thick. All prices are around the 50RMB mark – definitely value for money. The drinks list contains a long selection of beers – the cheapest being tasty Czech brand Zubr for 10RMB per 50cl. The wine list is equally long, and more importantly affordable, with 11 bottles under 200RMB. Grinders also plans to sell pitchers of various cocktails including Moscow mule and Cuba libre made with specially infused alcohol. They’ll cost 100RMB for a 1.5L jug.
Shuangjing is an area densely packed with foreigners. As well as rival bar The Brick, the same small street also plays home to popular American diner Lily’s. If the aim is to get a loyal crowd of regulars, then this area is a good choice. The distance from Sanlitun may put people off, but Grinders’ high quality service, affordable prices and convenient location means it should have no problems staying busy.
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