The first UK baijiu bar has opened as a pop-up named FU Baijiu inside experimental food and drink venue Epicured. The FU menu includes shots, flights and infusions of China’s national spirit as well as themed cocktails and snacks.
Fu lists five baijiu brands—Du Kang, Red Star, Luzhou Laojiao, HKB and Moutai—available in 25 ml shots from £2.5 or flights of four from £10.5. There are infusions, including saffron and kumquat, at £3 and cocktails, from £7, that bear names like Chungking Mansions and Emperor Park Swizzle. The Not Made in China includes Red Star, Cointreau, pink grapefruit, lime and two kinds of bitters.
“We are, we believe, the first dedicated baijiu bar in the UK,” said Elliot Robinson, a partner in Fu and also part of the family that runs Epicured. “While other bars may offer baijiu cocktails, no one else offers a wide range of varieties to sample neat,” he said.
“We are keen to innovate and in the centre of Liverpool, a city big on tourism due to our fabulous skyline and waterfront, our famous football teams and, of course, being home of the Beatles,” he says. “We felt baijiu was missing, especially considering Liverpool is home to the oldest Chinese community and Chinatown in Europe!”