American Pub Grub
The beloved U.S. holiday Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and for those in search of a feast to remind them of home, Beijing is – frustratingly, for a cosmopolitan capital with some of the best bites in the world – remarkably short on American staple fare. But this year we’ll give thanks that Theodore Gao (of popular pizza stalwart Kro’s Nest) opened Alibi, a casual Sanlitun Worker’s Stadium hangout dishing up American bar fare that’s likely to hit the spot – though admittedly, you’ll have to forgo the turkey n’ cranberry for something rather more greasy spoon.
In a simple, no-frills space that reflects the Beijing interpretation of a classic American diner (here with wood floors, bamboo chairs, requisite mustard and ketchup bottles on each table), Alibi serves up all the fan favourites. From snacks like garlicky finger fries and buffalo chicken wings, to mains including cheesy hot dogs and the signature house burger with fresh ground beef and pork, there’s finger-lickin’, game-time food aplenty to sate nostalgic palates. But unlike the traditional diner, here there is a full bar, including choice imported beers like Oregon brewery Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale and Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout. It ain’t Thanksgiving dinner, but it sure is an all-American feast. Cheers!