They say variety is the spice of life, and when it comes to bars and restaurants, we’re inclined to agree. That’s why we love any new restaurant opening, but especially one that really offers something for everyone.
Enter COMMUNE RESERVE, a huge, recently opened craft beer gourmet pub on Xidawang Lu near SKP and the Huamao Center. COMMUNE RESERVE is the upscale older brother of the COMMUNE bar and restaurant chain, which has branches in more than 20 cities across China. This is the second JOINT RESERVE to open in China after a very successful branch in Shanghai, opened in 2020.
Just a 10 minute bike ride / 20 minute walk to Guomao, the two-story space of COMMUNE RESERVE is pleasantly light and airy for a gourmet pub, with floor-to-ceiling windows and well-spaced tables. The design is inspired by wine cellars, with vaulted brick ceilings and a âcellarâ area with refrigerators stocked with wine, beer, and spirits. Upstairs, the second-story seating area gives the impression of a luxurious private club, with low-slung leather seating around a fireplace. Best of all, the expansive rear patio arrives just in time for the (hopefully) cooler weather.
The decor may say âwine cellar,â but it’s the selection of craft beers that will thrill most people. The aforementioned refrigerators have a huge selection of bottled craft beers, all imported via a cold storage chain – a perk of being part of a nationwide chain. Along with popular craft beer names, you’ll also find rare, limited versions like the 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Winter Ale from Seattle-based Fremont Brewing.
There are also 20 beers on tap, including a wide selection of beers from the Californian Stone Brewing, with which COMMUNE has a close relationship, as well as fruity ciders from the brewers of Shenzhen Craft Head. Our group pick is the COMMUNE Illusionist, a clean and refreshing hefeweizen with notes of cloves and orange peel brewed exclusively for COMMUNE RESERVE.
All of these draft beers can be enjoyed freely from 9 p.m. to midnight for 188 RMB Sunday through Thursday or 238 RMB Friday, Saturday and holidays, an offer that is sure to get you drunk as some of these beers are skyrocketing. . of 8.5% ABV. This offer is for members only, so be sure to sign up by scanning the QR code at the bottom of this article.
There’s plenty to enjoy for non-beer drinkers too, with wines by the glass starting at RMB 68 and a wide selection of cocktails, a selection of which are aged in oak barrels to give them an added touch of vanilla complexity. .
Like the beverage selection, the menu of dishes travels the world, offering everything from spring rolls and duck to Japanese karaage chicken to Italian pasta frutti di mare. While the menu focuses on pub food, there are a few more sophisticated touches here and there, like the pile of crab and ahi tuna, which is the perfect dish to share on the patio on a hot summer day. . There’s also a selection of Neapolitan-style pizzas with authentically puffed and burnt bases cooked in an imported Italian pizza oven.
With the Burger Cup coming up, we were excited to try their burgers. The signature offer is the COMMON BBQ burger, consisting of a freshly ground wagyu beef patty, cooked to your liking, topped with crushed avocado, yellow cheddar, grilled onions, miso-maple bacon, tempura jalapeÃ±os and bacon barbecue sauce, all served on a brioche bun. The combination of avocado and barbecue bacon gives the burger extra richness and an almost brunch feel.
Speaking of brunch, there is a dedicated brunch menu, and for office workers in the area, there is also a selection of three lunch menus to choose from, starting at RMB 58 for a simple dough or pizza or RMB 98. / 128 for your choice of starter and main course.
As travel is new for the moment, COMMUNE RESERVE is the ideal place to meet up with friends and make the most of our own fairground city.
Scan the QR code below to become a member of COMMUNE RESERVE. Activate your membership and follow the official COMMUNE RESERVE WeChat and immediately receive a 10oz beer.
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Mon-Thu 11 am-2am, Fri 11 am-3am, Sat 10 am-3am, Sun 10 am-2am. 101, 1 / F, Beijing Guanghua International, 6 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (6502 0115)
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Images: Uni You, COMMON RESERVE