The Kingstonesque set-up of Upsetter's Bar provides a reggae environs that
will leave patrons asking, "Is this love that I'm feeling?"
The syncopated backbeats of reggae set the tone for carefree boozing in this
tiny tavern. Clad in a Jamaica National Team football jacket, barman Laurent
Fleurquin of Paris serves up plenty of ska, rock steady and dub between 10-yuan
Tsingtao, and 15-yuan imported beers and spirits that range from 20-25 yuan. In
addition to more obscure Jamaican jams, his musical library includes the
complete collection of works by iconic Rastaman Bob Marley, from "Africa United"
to "Zion Train."
Once the establishment gets on its feet, Fleurquin plans to bring live bands
to the bar to help stage Beijing's reggae revolution a scene that is emerging in
the capital city's bars.
Isolated from the rest of the dives on the Houhai Nanyan strip, this newly
opened establishment has renovated the former location of Harbour Bar, replacing
the previous occupant's dark and dreary colour scheme with the vibrant yellow,
green and black of the Jamaican flag.
Reed dividers separate the four clusters of couches that make up the inside
seating area, so that bands of boozers can enjoy a bit of privacy. A lakeside
seating area provides a scenic spot for the bar's almost even mix of foreigners
and Chinese to enjoy a few drinks.
With reggae reverberations, budget booze and a location away from the clamour
of Houhai Nanyan's main strip, Fleurquin has created a place for Beijing's
bar-goers to get together and feel all right.
Address:1-3 Houhai Nanyan, Xicheng District. 500 metres west of Yinding
Bridge, across from Imperial Caf.