The Local has three aces up its sleeve. The first is its range of Belgian beers: think Westmalle, Kwak and Lindemans. Most of these 33cl bottles go for 40RMB, but you can buy three for 100RMB or seven for 200RMB. There are a number of French and German bottled beers too, plus draught lagers (Stella for 30RMB; Tiger for 25RMB), house wines (35RMB a glass) and a range of cocktails (40RMB).
The second is the huge – nay, massive – projection screen. This is a great place to watch sport. It may currently lack a killer buzz, but for those who simply want to watch and drink, it’s perfect: the team here are keen to please and can seemingly show anything (laws permitting). Which brings us to the third reason to get behind The Local: it already feels like somewhere that Knows What It’s Doing. This is, no doubt, thanks to former Fubar duo Kenn Bermel and – for the launch phase only – Chad Lager. To borrow the old Field Of Dreams adage, ‘If Chad helps build it, they will come.’ Or fans of sport and Belgian beer will, at the very least.
By Adrian Sandiford