Travel: Modernista, Beijing


2(Photo from Modernista Facebook)

Lovebirds looking for a slow night of jazz, good wines, and Eurocinema will be delighted with Modernista, a little bar tucked away in Beijing’s Baochao Hutong.

It is easy to see that Modernista is different from the rest of the bars along the hutong from the onset. Upon approaching the store, you are greeted by Modernista’s art deco storefront banner. The inside does not disappoint. With black-white checkered floor tiles set against beige and mint green walls, and warm yellow lighting, Modernista will not look out of place in a Parisian backalley. One will appreciate the wide selection of international wines and beers at reasonable prices (on average ranging from RMB25-30) — something that is hard to come by elsewhere in Beijing. The bar’s small round tables are good for intimate get-togethers. Otherwise, you could also strike up a conversation with your neighbouring table as the seats are pretty close together, just like those in a chic European cafe.

Modernista also holds regular screenings of European movies, and music performances. Wedding & Travel had a great night out at Modernista watching old art nouveau French movies! We also remarkably enjoyed the live French jazz music which featured a four piece strings quartet. In fact, the band worked the crowd so well that the police turned up to request for the bar to turn down the volume (presumably because of complaints from the other hutong families) — a little idiosyncrasy of Beijing life.

44 Baochao Hutong, Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng District