Canaan D Cock­tail Bar (迦南D)

In New York, it was Milk & Hon­ey. In Hous­ton, it was Anvil. On Ku­lang­su, the next-gen­er­a­tion cock­tail cul­ture has been shaped by a gen­uine, hard-work­ing man named Gi­no, an is­land na­tive who (in ad­di­tion to be­ing a star at­tack­er for a se­mi-pro soc­cer team) has raised the mixol­o­gy bar for­ev­er. Drinks are se­ri­ous, but the decor in this dim speakeasy-style haunt is playful–especially the up­stairs, whose darts, bric-a-brac fur­ni­ture, and wain­scot­ing give the place the look of a 1970s rec room re­pur­posed by Brook­lyn hipsters.

Gi­no is a Ku­lang­su na­tive, but he does speak some Eng­lish, and more im­por­tant­ly, he’s flu­ent in the in­ter­na­tion­al lan­guage of al­co­hol: just name your base spir­it and leave the rest to the artist. Tricked-out cock­tails aren’t cheap, but the la­bor and ma­te­r­i­al costs are ex­tra­or­di­nary, whether it’s dry ice, smok­ing wood shrubs, ob­scure spir­its prac­ti­cal­ly un­avail­able in Chi­na, a per­fect­ly spher­i­cal ice cube the size of a base­ball, or a Ramos Gin Fizz that needs to be shak­en for a full five minutes.

Canaan D Cocktail Bar (迦南D)
Cock­tail at Canaan D Cock­tail Bar, Ku­lang­su (Gu­langyu).

Ad­dress: 44 Zhonghua Road, Gu­langyu Is­land, Sim­ing Dis­trict, Xi­a­men City, China