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Swish Soho Sipper

December 29, 2014
Twilight

Like the speakeasies of old, newly opened imbiber Twilight certainly isn’t easy to sniff out – you’ll need to navigate to the middle of mega shopping complex Jianwai Soho, snake your way up the spiral staircase next door to Starbucks, and finally sidestep the restaurant spruiker on the the second floor to reach the secret sipspot. But perseverance will most certainly be rewarded, in this instance with perfectly-crafted cocktails minus the crowds that come standard at similar ventures in Sanlitun. 

This laidback jazz lounge is as smooth and sating as a smoked martini, with a covert locale thankfully eschewing the oft overdone faux-vintage finishes and instead opting for a clean-lined aesthetic of crisp white walls, hardwood floors and unfussy furnishings. Behind a simple bar lined with spice-infused spirits and house-made bitters, a pair of alchemists from across town fave Apothecary shake up reinvented classics like chilli vodka Bloody Marys capped with bacon dust, potent Moscow Mules served in chilled copper mugs, an apricot Old Fashioned, plus a refreshing orange spritz. Those that are more about Ardburg than Aperol will also find a good selection of top-shelf scotches (all served with hand-cut ice hunks), plus light pickings including thin-crust pizzas and fresh salads to pair. Best of all, they’re open over lunch so you needn’t wait till the twilight hours to get your tipple on!

3/F / Bldg 5 / Jianwai Soho / 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu / Chaoyang District / +86 10 5900 5376 / 11.30am-2.30pm & 6pm-2am Mon-Sat

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