EAT: Mosto Happy Hour, Yunnan Food Festival, Pre-Cinco de Mayo Celebrations at The Local

With all the shake-ups and closures in the Beijing bar scene over the past year or so we've often been left wondering where to go for a drink these days, especially around Sanlitun. The folks at Mosto clearly feel the same way because they have just launched The Bar @ Mosto, serving a selection of classic cocktails concocted by Francesco Agnotti, alongside their signature great value house wines. Even better, those cocktails and wines are on offer at RMB 40 each from 5.30-7pm and 9-11pm every day. The bar stays open until midnight every night and late on Fridays and Saturdays. Try the Blood and Sand, a classic cocktail made with Scotch, cherry brandy, Martini Rosso, and orange that you don't often see on menus here.

We're big fans of Yunnan cuisine here at the Beijinger and we're happy to see one of the big hotels championing the food of the province. Hotel Jen has teamed up with Yunnan restaurant Hani Gejiu to put on a Yunnan cuisine festival at their all-day dining restaurant, San Wu Tang. Diners can sample dishes like cold red rice noodle salad, tofu skin with mint, banana flower salad, and grilled goat's cheese with cured Yunnan sausage, the ingredients for which are all brought in from the Honghe area of Yunnan. The promotion runs until May 6. 

This Friday, Apr 27, join mental health awareness charity CandleX for a family-style dinner at Arcade, followed by a couple of rounds of bingo. For RMB 160 (payable via the QR code in the poster), you'll get a Middle Eastern-style set menu and two bingo tickets. Extra bingo tickets can be purchased for RMB 15. Proceeds from the dinner will be contributed to CandleX's biweekly Mental Health Peer Support Group. 

Get a headstart on your Cinco de Mayo celebrations at The Local, where they'll be putting on daily specials, including new food items, margaritas, beer buckets, and new summer cocktails, in the week leading up to Cinco de Mayo (starting Apr 30). The taco brunch on Monday and Tuesday, which will introduce new items such as breakfast tacos and quesadillas, sounds like a fun way to spend the May Day holiday. Full details of deals in the poster above. On Saturday, they'll celebrate Cinco de Mayo with daytime drink specials on the patio, and specials on tequila shots, frozen margaritas, and more from 8pm until midnight.

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