Xpats Bar & Lounge
FL-1016/1017store, Central Walk, Fuhua 1 Road, Futian
0755 8280 1352
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Mike Lawrence (more shenzhen)
The bulletin board has hand-written advertisements for fantasy football leagues. Talk at the bar is about the NBA, or lack thereof, in the 2011-12 season. English-language paperbacks fill a small bookshelf near the kitchen. The beer selection includes Budweiser for Americans, VB and Coopers for Aussies, Boddingtons for Brits and a range of European brews. There are two happy hours every day.
Yep, you’re in Xpats Bar & Lounge.

Located next to NYPD pizza in Futian’s Central Walk mall, just off the Exhibition and Convention Centre subway stop, Xpats has provided Westerners with a touch of home for more than nine years.

Similar to Shekou’s Snake Pit, also an expat bar, Xpats offers a buy-in-bulk drink deal for regulars. Three hundred RMB buys a punch card for 20 drinks that would normally cost 20RMB each, bringing that price down to 15RMB. Cards can get multiple punches for drinks that would cost more than 20RMB. A 500RMB card provides 34 drinks and about the same bargain.

And, of course, there’s Xpats’ highly touted “Double Double” – two happy hours every day, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., with two-for-one tap beers, spirits and house wines, by the glass. Tap beers include Heineken, Tiger, Carlsberg and Murphy’s Irish Stout.

Xpats also offers unconventional daily specials such as free shoeshines from 8 to 10 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday, and a free Tiger beer every Tuesday and Thursday for people who are drinking a Tiger when Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” — of “Rocky III” fame — plays over the speakers.

The crowd at Xpats primarily is older, long-term residents, drinking beer at the bar, smoking cigarettes at the outdoor tables or relaxing with their spouse and children in the comfortable, plush seats of the upstairs lounge.
Check the bar’s website,, for updates on events, promotions and televised sports schedules.

Xpats Bar & Lounge
Xpats Bar & Lounge