This venue has closed.
On a street known more for
connecting Sanlitun Bar Street with
Xindong Lu than quiet spots worthy
of a casual glass of wine, Yolanda’s
Secret is pouring well-priced vino
and serving up salted bar snacks in
Waterford bone china.
It sounds like
a joke; the name, the concept – it’s all
a bit much to take at once. We didn’t
really buy it until we made our way
through the powder-blue doors.
Evidently, Yolanda’s secret
isn’t that she’s cheap. The place
is tastefully decorated, with
sophisticated accents that make it
like a more practiced wine bar.
The high-topped bar separates the
would-be wino from a rack of everyday
juice (from 30RMB per glass) and
bottles from more prestigious
winemakers (from 450RMB per
bottle). If you’re looking to shell out on
a bottle of grand premier cru, you’re in
for a let-down, but what are you doing
near Bar Street anyways? This place
is for friends who like a decent glass
of wine and can appreciate value; the
happy hour deal (four glasses of the daily house selection for 100RMB,
offered daily from 4-9pm) is almost
too cheap, but you can split up the
four glasses anyway you like – four for
all or all for you.
The bites are also damn good. An
excellent charcuterie plate comes
in two sizes (98RMB/128RMB) and
the Parma ham and salami sandwich
on spongy potato focaccia (68RMB)
complements a buttery glass of
The place is
small, which makes service snappy,
but it gets crowded quickly. This little
gem is ready to win anyone over with
generous pours, salted meats and
just a bit of understated cool.