Fubar is a hushed, high-ceilinged cavern hidden behind an electronic door in Stadium Dog. A raised platform at the back leads off into a cozy, secluded side room. Fubar is styled as a speakeasy and this feeling is enhanced by the eccentricity of its stock; the Serdar Turkmen vodka features the visage of the late Turkmen president-eccentric Saparmurat Niyazov. Fubar offers 42 Below and Bombay Sapphire as house spirits, reasoning that they are less counterfeited in Beijing. Mixed drinks come in at a very reasonable RMB 30. Fubar is an experience that won’t be secret for long. Happy hour everyday from 3pm-9pm.
- Sanlitun 三里屯
- Workers Stadium East Gate. Left and 100m on right behind Stadium Dog, Chaoyang District
- Daily 2pm-late
- 6593 8227
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I had previously tried to find this place but with no success, until my friend on Friday showed me the way.
And to be honest, is is a great little bar. Good atmosphere, drinks are reasonable and makes a change to some of the other bars here in Beijing. Not eaten there, but don't expect I will, but the staff were really good and there was a good vibe going.
They now have the sign outside which helps to find the place I will surely return.
Yes I will go again. Really like it.
Many thanks for all the comments made below. We have taken utmost care to improve the negatives and to further strengthen the positives.
With some new additions to out bar personel, including a cocktail expert from the United States, regular events, a fresh make-over and a new bar menu, we strive to bring you a quality night out every day of the week. Much care is being taken on a daily basis, to train our staff on the English language and service standards, but any remarks that could improve our service levels further, are still very much appreciated.
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Went with a couple of friends. The place was almost empty. I tried to order in English, but the waitstaff apparently no longer speak it so a Chinese friend had to help. Ordered a high end, 18 year old, very fine malt - it arrived on the rocks. Sacrilege. Server asked me not to send it back because he'd have to pay.
I won't be back.
Went there for a friend's comedy show last night. Great show and cheerful crowd, BUT..
I went downstairs to get a drink for my friend and myself and asked how much a Hoegaarden was. The Chinese bartender hesitated for a sec and said he wasn't sure if it's 30 kuai or 15 because it could be still in the Happy-Hour (which, according to himself, ends at 10pm). He turned around to ask his boss, a long-haired & bearded American, who told me with a definite POSITIVE face that it was after 10. I paid 30, went back upstairs, checked my phone and it showed 9:23.
Couldn't bother to go back because of the crowdedness. Or go back to that place again, as a matter of fact.
unpretencious yet somewhat classy. kinda cheesy. complex to describe but i like the place.
its behind a "secret" door. even without the gimmic i like the bar. it has decent music. i like the chinese jazz singer on wednesdays.
drinks are large and strong. they are not frugal with the juice. its all quality alcohol and the ice is even from purified water.
my friend told me it was the only bar in beijing that he actually got the carlsberg beer he ordered
its a more quiter version of first floor. a lil more class.
only complaint is ventilation. it can get pretty hot in that place in the winter.
Superb gintonic,with cucumber, they use Hendricks gin.
I love the hidden side of this place, difficult to find the first time.
Busy place, a bit smoky,second floor is tinny but if not busy, is ok.
Service is fast.
as a fan of Fubar from the beginning, I was sorely disappointed this past weekend. drinks are usually great, but that night, all of our drinks were very weak and watered down. what's going on here?! anyone else have this experience?
What's with this place? 1st time was due to "mourning day" while tonight was "redecoration of toilet". Bored guy at Stadium Dog won't say when it will reopen. For a speakeasy, it isn't easy to drink here.. why should I bother?
got in there on weekend night. drinks are pretty watery, so smoky (very good place for smokers). very hot when it's crowed inside, especially in this season, service are slow and inefficient. Luckily, we met some Chinese girls and they are so friendly, that makes the night a little better.
After hearing such great reviews about this place, I was excited to check it out. While the music and service were great, I was underwhelmed by the drinks. There was way too much ice, and it was really hot in the place, so the ice melted right away and 5 of the 6 drinks we got tasted like water after 5 minutes. I will probably give this place another shot, but I was sadly disappointed my first time there.
The first time you walk into the place is pretty cool because once you get inside Stadium Dog, you're lead to a wall which with a flip of the switch slides open, revealing Fubar just behind, giving it that secretive feel, although it does seem a little corny. I wanted to come with some friends for their happy hour which ends at 9p.m. however our dinner ran a little long and we showed up just a little bit past 9. Thankfully, the manager was great and went ahead and extended the happy hour to 9:30 for us. Prices are reasonable, staff is great, and they make a great gin and tonic. Well worth a visit.
With cheap drink prices, real quality brand alcohol and creative happy hours/specials, what's not to love? Okay, sometimes you might be wishing for more females around, surprising for a spot without tvs, but still, its one of the best spots in town for a mixed drink or a beer and a chat with a friend or for a date. For a larger group, its great to take over the couches in the back. Plus, every first time visitor loves "discovering" it, the door has to be one of the best ideas around.
Fubar has now it's become one of my regular places to go and chill out when I've had a shitty day and I want to get away from all the hustle and bustle. The staff remember my drink order from my last visit, Chad is a fantastic host who is always willing to have a chat and the hot dogs just can't be beaten for value. I think the happy hour prices are quite good but the normal hour prices a touch high. My only other complaint is that it's too smoky. Otherwise an excellent choice and I would highly recommend this place. The cider is cold, fresh and delicious.
What do you want in a bar? For me this is it. Good drinks (strong, with real booze), Good service (fast and at least some English). Good music, convenient location, and a touch of the speak-easy feeling to show off to out of town visitors and Beijing newbies.
There are a couple new bars in Gongti as well, which makes it easier to hit a few places rather than going just to hit Fubar.
Buddha glasses make good gifts for friends back home too.
A very good place, except for 2 things:
- don't have Turkmen vodka "Serdar" anymore (main reason I went there)
- if you don't have RMB on you - waiters will try to rip you off on the exchange rate (e.g. offer 5 instead of 6.75) - so agree the exrate with them prior to paying.
because of the above only give it 4 out of 5 stars.
The drinks are well mixed, they have tables and good music and the door is a bit of a novelty on your first visit...
But whats strange is that they took home a swag of prizes at the Bar and Clubs Awards Night that leaves me thinking, perhaps we're surrounded by very mediocre options and Fubar just seems to be a notch above the rest?
I wouldn't say I was impressed, (in fact a little bewildered that these guys did win so many awards) but I was pleased to know that such a place exists with such a large expat following. I know were to go if I ever miss home.
One of my favorite bars in Beijing, a real hidden gem, the touch of the secret door is great, give it certain mysterious feeling that no other bar has in Beijing. The drinks are good and their house cocktails are really something creative and delicious. Ill add a bit more of buzz of it though!!
Good selection of mixers there too with a affordable price but that can keep away molesting kids from local language schools.
The staff is super nice and Chad (the master-man) is a really cool guy... Highly recommended!
Have you ever tried making a decent White Russian? If you have, then it would be a crime for you not to love this place.
Theirs is sublime, there isn't any individual ingredient that stands out. And you can drink it the whole night long.
And that is only one drink in their selection! Also the staff is cool and Chad's always around interacting with the patrons. Which makes this place a little friendlier, and not just a random place to get wasted.
There is an air of familiarity to the place, even when it's only the first time you go there.
To be fair, it doesn't have a rooftop, which is kind of a competitive disadvantage in the summer months. But the place still rocks and you can always hang out in front of the hot dog joint.
Where to go after Rickshaw closed? I don't want to spend all my money in one bar, but there ain't many choices left.
Fubar is a cool place to bring your new friends there. haha. It's always a nice trick to open Fubar's hidden door to surprise them.
And I won't act like a new-coming tourist to buy their 100 kuai's Buddha drink, but I wouldn't mind to steal one from someone who is too drunk to notice.
All my friends told me they have one kuai's cocktail on the first day of every month, but I always forgot to go there at the right time. But next month, May 1st, I will be there, and drink at least 20 cocktails.
There aren't many bars in Beijing that serve quality drinks and provide a decent setting for conversation. Fubar is definitely one of them. The place is big enough not to feel crowded, but small enough to feel cosy and always buzzing, even when there's only a few people here (which isn't often - usually most of the tables are full).
The waitresses know what they're doing and are attentive without being pushy, and owner Chad is often on hand, chatting with the crowd and adding a friendly managerial touch.
Prices are very reasonable, especially during Happy Hour, which is often extended well into the night when there's a crowd.