Venues in seven cities — London, Los Angeles, New York, Melbourne, Taipei, Hong Kong and Beijing — are confirmed for World Baijiu Day as the 88-day countdown to August 8 is on. See the countdown clock at right and details about all participating venues on this world map.
Confirmed venues at time of writing include (in alphabetical order):
- Capital Spirits, a baijiu-focused bar in Beijing with a range of flights of baijiu styles and brands.
- Golden Monkey, a cocktail bar and restaurant in Melbourne with many China-inspired dishes and drinks.
- The Hide, a London bar where one co-owner experimented widely with baijiu during a four-year stint in China — expect intriguing cocktails come August 8.
- Jing-A Taproom, a craft brew pub in Beijing that will use qu, the fermentation agent for baijiu, to make a specialty beer.
- Lumos, positioned as the first New York establishment to specialize in baijiu.
- Mott 32, a Chinese restaurant recently named by South China Morning Post as the top baijiu spot in Hong Kong — try one of its baijiu-inspired cocktails.
- Peking Tavern, a bar and restaurant in Los Angles that specializes in street food and drinks, including baijiu, inspired by northern China.
- R&D Cocktail Lab, a Taipei venue dedicated to alcohol experimentation and that will feature kaoliang, the baijiu most associated with Taiwan.
- The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu, located near The Great Wall, which makes five kinds of baijiu-based liqueurs.
I am also in contact with people in ten more cities and will update the map soon.
Special thanks to Alisha Bailey, Paul Mathew, Ross and Mischa Moschelle for their advice.