With cocktail names such as Basic Bish and Twerk, just-opened Xingfucun cocktail bar 50/50 is a playful new antidote for those suffering from speakeasy-fatigue – particularly in a stretch that's already home to swanky bars like Inception. Made with light rum, pumpkin purée, maple syrup and seltzer, the aforementioned Basic Bish (90RMB) is an ode to autumn's pumpkin-spice-latte-at-Starbucks obsession, while Twerk (80RMB) is a spicy and smoky cocktail made with mezcal, bell pepper juice, Thai chillies and lime.
Happy hour runs from 7 to 9.30pm, where drinkers can enjoy buy one, get one free drinks from a limited selection of cocktails. Currently the happy hour menu is a tribute to winter, and features warming holiday drinks such as mulled wine, bacon hot toddys and lemon curd rum.
50/50's name reflects the owner's love of contrasts (and desire to not be boxed into any one category) – hang out in its moody main space or lounge in the brightly illuminated private back room; quaff pumpkin spice cocktails and bacon hot toddys, or sip on Château du Breuil calvados. There's no right or wrong here, and we couldn't be more on board with that.