May 11, 2018
Face is an opulent bar with a colonial-era feel. The walls are covered with ancient Indian wood carvings as well as modern art (unsurprisingly, featuring lots of portraits, reflecting the name though all those stares can be slightly unnerving). The glossy and groomed patrons lounge languorously on opium beds and the scent of incense permeates the space. The stand out branch of a popular chain, Face is housed in a grand former school building and decorated with retro style furniture and antiques from all over Asia. This approach extends to the (admittedly not huge) garden with its Buddhist shrine and Chinese lanterns. Designed to accommodate you whatever your mood, there are alcoves for privacy and more social spaces, and during the day it’s a popular spot for young professionals to relax with a soft drink while they take advantage of the wifi to run their no-doubt cutting edge online businesses, though the evening crowd tends to be a bit more lively and it’s a popular after work spot. The drinks are excellent, the mood sophisticated but relatively relaxed and for the ultimate in civilised socialising you can try the Fusion High Tea where you can enjoy a selection of pastries, sandwiches and, yes, teas, in style. If that’s a bit too formal, there’s always a range of bar snacks and desserts on offer for the peckish, instead. Face Bar is open daily from noon to 2 am with generous happy hours running from 5pm till 8. Is it any wonder that Face is a Beijing favourite?