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Review of Bad Monkey

Bad Monkey
Ranked #11 of 120 Restaurants in Dali
Cuisines: American, Chinese, Pizza, British
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Description: 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.....
Reviewed August 20, 2014

We split a cheesesteak sub with chips and pickles on the side. It was loaded with onions, peppers, mushrooms with marinara sauce on top. It was very good. They also had a selection of local craft beers. It has a fairly big downstairs which is like a deli and big upstairs serving mostly subs, sandwiches, pizza. They do not have seafood at this time.

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Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

I've heard from friends this is a good place to hang out, it is as long you stick for the home made beer which is really good. Don't eat here though, it is super slow. It took them for a burger and fried noodles about 40 minutes. The noodles where oily and the portion was really small, the burger was so so.
The staff seems to be ok but lazy.
Get the beers but you might want to eat somewhere else.

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Reviewed August 1, 2014

Very good place to drink and hang out. Nice music, good service, long list of drinks, we had a great night

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Reviewed July 24, 2014

if you have been traveling for a while and are missing some decent western food at a cheap price, this is the right stop.

Now, i won't tell you this is the greatest western food you can have in China or in even in Dali, but for their very reasonable prices they serve good quality comfort food.

I had the Sunday Roast Special (served only on Sundays, of course) and my girlfriend had the Texan Burger, with homemade chill, bacon and cheese, we also shared an order of chili fries, all of it was really good, I was especially surprised by the chili since you don't get that very often in China.

As a bar its also recommended because it has very good drinks for really cheap prices, my girlfriend had a delicious strawberry margarita and I had an 18 RMB Gin&Tonic, which is the cheapest G&T in Dali for all i know.

I almost forgot, they also make their own beer, once again good beer is a rarity in China, specially in these parts, and their beer delivers, I tried the pale and the dark, both were good, but i preferred the dark, wanted to try the amber, because that is my favorite kind of beer, but unfortunately they were out.

So, why didn't i give this place a higher rating?, you may ask, and I may answer.

Because sadly the service is pretty bad and slow, for a place that caters mainly to foreigners is surprising to see that the servers there don't speak one lick of english and most of the time are totally confused and don't know what they are doing.

Food comes out really slowly and once it comes out, they just stand there in the middle of the place and yell, who ordered this?as they have no idea who ordered what, also they make you pay every time you order something instead of giving you a bill at the end, and I personally hate that.

Also the place is kind of old and run down.

So, food and drinks are good and cheap, but if you are picky about service and quality of the location, you may not like it.

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Reviewed July 23, 2014

Apart from the inevitable tiny and strangely sweet sausages, the Hungry Man breakfast is very good. The espresso machine was broken, but the orange juice was fresh and squeezed, not from concentrate. They brew their own beer which is not bad at all, and reasonably priced (25RMB per 500ml). At night the place is very busy and the tables outside are good places to chat to people travelling and living in Dali.

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