When The Den closed earlier this year, there was great wailing and gnashing of teeth, as Beijing’s longest-operating, single-location bar finally passed into history. Immediately, the question emerged, would it move?
While The Den’s ownership has not opened a new premises, the first descendant of The Den has emerged with D-One. Although it’s only a few hundred meters from that notorious nightspot’s former location, D-One’s spot in the Gongti West nightclub strip seems a world away. Sports fans rolling in to watch a late night or extremely early morning game will find themselves among young tuhao headed for the nightclub next door, which is under the same ownership (Hint: don’t go through the D-One archway; it’s the low-rise building to the left).
Whereas The Den featured only a few screens that sometimes forced people sitting in the same booth to stare in opposite directions, D-One’s 12 giant displays provide a televisual feast for everybody. While they’re currently looking forward to this summer’s Euro 2016 soccer tournament and of course the Rio Olympics, D-One hopes to serve hardcore fans of harder-to-find sports, including cricket, a bit of a sticky broadcast wicket in Beijing. Don’t worry – spectator mainstays will always be on the big screen, including English Premier League soccer, the NFL, and the NBA.
Former Den clients will be pleased to see the shining face of former manager Lisa Zhuang at D-One. While D-One’s owners are embracing the spirit of the earlier venue, it’s clear that their place will appeal to a different crowd. The Victoria Bitters crowd will likely find D-One a tad too shiny for their taste. But with its convenient Gongti location and HD sports as far as the eye can see, D-One should establish itself with a mixed crowd of Chinese and foreign sports fans.
Daily 6pm-late. 8 Gongti Xilu (west side of Workers Stadium), Chaoyang District (6500 8888)
Photos courtesy of D-One
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