May 11, 2018
Tucked away on fairly grimy backstreet, just across the way from First Floor, Maltail does a very good job of setting itself apart from its neighbours. It’s a smart, stylish cocktail spot, very much designed to attract a more sophisticated audience than many of the other bars in the area. Inside you’ll find a familiar but elegant jazz age-inspired room, decked out with high ceilings and dark wood – you know the drill. The drinks list features classic cocktails, all well-made, as well as a range of house drinks. The Jungle Bird is a sweet, tasty blend of black rum, Campari, lime juice, pineapple, and simple syrup, while The Kid is a thick mix of vodka and ginger syrup, and The Strange Smell (yeah, we’re not sure about that name of that one either), is a lovely blend of raspberry puree, gin and aquavit (which smells quite nice actually). Most of the cocktails run between RMB 50 to 70 and if you know a thing or two about whiskey you should dip into their pleasingly fat whiskey list. In fact the whole place makes a great alternative to the rowdy, crowded streets and bars in the immediate area, a necessary oasis amid the chaos of Sanlitun Houjie.