Cellar Door, a cute, broom-cupboard-sized bar – in the site of the old Yes Bar – is just down the road from El Nido
on Fangjia Hutong. New owner Rain took the keys in June 2012 and set about turning the small space into a shrine to her rock idols. Postcards of music icons are collaged on the wall, bathed in soft candlelight.
Even if you don’t worship at the altar of rock, the wide range of European (Hoegaarden 20RMB; Boddingtons 30RMB) and American (Brooklyn 25RMB) imported lagers, at some of the best prices in Beijing, should be enough to convert the staunchest of squares, man.
Make your selection from the bottles lined up behind the bar and grab your own cold brew from the fridge. Just don’t forget to pay – Cellar Door is cosy enough to be a mate’s living room, and the simple, homemade aesthetic means it’s easy to forget you’re in a bar.
By Lee Williamson