Bad Monkey, Good Vibes

Try a low-key and welcoming spot that offers delicious cocktails and more for a reasonable price.

Bad Monkey’s appeal sets it apart from other bars in Dongguan. It gives you a relaxing ambience and music. The dark wood-grain bar, tables and stools give a classy feel. Artwork and alcohol bottles strategically placed on the walls for decoration are a beautiful touch. A beer fridge is stocked with foreign beers and a wine fridge is filled to keep the wine at the perfect temperature.

One of my favorite aspects of Bad Monkey is the whisky cabinet with premium authentic whisky. If you enjoy a nice cigar, you can take your pick from the cigar cabinet by the bar. Now all of these are downstairs, wait until you walk upstairs.

Once you get upstairs you see a king-sized pool table along with a dartboard and booths. Definitely a nice space for a gathering or a private party.

Owners Kaka and her sister Lisa put a great deal of thought and effort into their bar from the design to the staff. The bartender, Dennis, is not only a five-star bartender but also a true mixologist. He made three drinks that were beyond delicious.

First up was the Little Fairy, and it was a great way to start the night. It had a sweet and subtle taste of peaches and pears which is credited to the peach liqueur used as the base alcohol.

The second drink was TIC, with a beautiful citrus aroma and a hint of grapefruit, which tasted better than it smelled. It used a single malt whisky as the base giving it a strong kick.

To end my night, Dennis made Anna’s Dinner, a mix of vodka and Spiritus 96. It pairs perfectly with any meal.

Not only can you get amazing drinks at Bad Monkey but also food. Lisa’s husband, Michele, makes sure it is all delicious with his extensive experience as a chef. I had the chicken nuggets and French fries, seasoned to perfection then fried just right. There are plenty of food and drink options, and the best part is that everything is inexpensive. Premium service for a low price is hard to find but you get both here. Bad Monkey is truly a high-class bar, yet low-key and will not break your pockets. Stop by soon and see for yourself!

No. 23 Area A, Moonbay Plaza, Dongcheng / 东城区金月湾广场A区23号铺
Customer comment by John Kim