Unless you've been living, like some kind of vaguely overworked and jiaozi
-munching slug, under a giant brick yourself, you'll be aware that Beijing is currently going through a spate of demolitions
Xingfucun, which at the time of its destruction housed such favourites as Rollbox and BBC, was one of the first parts of the capital to fall victim to the callous march of the bricks and because of this, some speculated that many of the establishments along the street were toast. However, despite the fairly adverse situation for bars and restaurants in Beijing, two of the street's best-loved residents have staged a rather unlikely comeback.
Guess who's back? Back again?
First up, Frost. The stalwart bar has made a resurgence in its original alleyway location with the same mix of easy-going snacks, good drinks and mellow vibes as before.
Frost beat the bricks! Let's hope this sets a precedent for bricked-up Beijing businesses in the future.
Anchor one, city planners zero.
Popular gay sports bar Anchor has also risen – like a beautiful inebriated phoenix – from the ashes of Xingfucun, having moved location to Chunxiu Lu just round the corner. With an opening party scheduled for the end of June, the snazzy new incarnation of Anchor is planned to be a lot slicker while still maintaining the flirtatious, near-horizontally laid-back vibes of the original.
Argh, we really, really need a G&T now.