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59 Renmin Road, Dali, China
+86 872 267 5460
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Dali, China
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I arrived in Dali and went to check out Bad Monkey on recommendation of a friend and I've pretty much been glued to the place ever since! Every night is live music from super cool talented musicians, (local and international) across the two bars a range of music is performed - people always dancing and having good times. The food... More 

Thank chasepigeons
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed in Dali Old Town for a week and found myself vibeing in the atmosphere of Bad Monkey most nights of that week. Every night of the week there are local and international bands playing, all of high standard and frequently they fill the house (Keep an eye out for a Thai rock band that frequent the venue, they... More 

Thank Tim S
Dali, China
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been coming to the Bad Monkey periodically over the past eight years and am really impressed how it has surged forward recently. Now they have two bars on the street, the latest is built over three floors in a 'steampunk' style and is visually spectacular. The craft beers remain awesome and the food has moved to a whole... More 

Thank Tobias888
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dirty. Crap food. Lazy staff. If you just want to throw alcohol down your neck until you puke, it's fine. Anything more than that, forget it.

Thank chinachilli
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

A visit to Bad Monkey is a must if you're passing through Dali. Pizza is really great!! Burgers not so much... The bun was rock solid :s Also, their draught beer wasn't as good as their bottled beer! But overall it's the place to be for an awesome night out!!

Thank robbo19191
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

I appreciate this is meant to be a food review, but despite wanting to we didn't get that far... Anyway, 'craft beer'. They have four of their own beers on the menu, but one's off. Fair enough, we'll have one each of the other three. The amber ale turns up, and it's nice. I mean, it's not an amber ale,... More 

Thank Mark D
United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

We went to Bad Monkey with some local friends and the scene is worth visiting if you are in the area. Decent beer and pretty good rock music.

Thank joshklein1
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to find a good place to eat when I first came to Dali and we saw the great reviews of this place. My partner and I were both really hungry and we didn't eat for a few hours ( since we took the train from kunming). Both of us got sick from the food, we know that... More 

Thank Tal D
Vancouver, Canada
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82 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

A mix of Chinese and Western food, they have some vegetarian options. Most importantly, they have an English menu. Food is decent and play classic rock!

Thank Tammy2124
Kunming, China
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

Well it s a real bar with good music. I heard they are famous for the good homemade beer. I didn t like it it was much to bitter and the price for it is disgustingly high... but that`s what become dali. Another overpriced masstourism scenerypark. Bad Monkey just fits in this concept...

Thank Diwen D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Bar, Chinese, American, Pizza, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
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Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 59 Renmin Road, Dali, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Yunnan  >  Dali
  • Phone Number: +86 872 267 5460
Welcome to Bad Monkey,
Bad Monkey is Dali's longest running foreign owned bar (open since 2003)
Located in the heart of Dali Old Town, Yunnan, southwest China but set away from the jostling crowds of shoppers, Bad Monkey Brew Pub is a real gem.
Bad Monkey operates its own brewery set in a stunning location with a famous ancient spring, using all imported ingredients to make southwest China's only craft beer!
Bad Monkey boasts the best in craft brewed beers and exciting cocktails with an unpretentious buzzing atmosphere every night of the week. Regular live music, great food, pool table, fully stocked western bar, huge range of drinks and hookah flavors, and friendly staff coupled with the fact that we really know how to throw a party: At Bad Monkey, you're guaranteed a good night, making us one of Dali's most popular bars for years running. We are also open daily from 8.30Am, serving monster breakfasts, lunch and dinner throughout the day, with or without absinthe and beer.
Come along and have a drink or two and find out what all the fuss is about.....

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