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WHAT’S NEW BARS & CLUBS THE GARAGE Mon-Thu 3pm-late, Fri-Sun noon-late. Houshayu Yuyang Lu (100m east of Capital Paradise South Gate), Shunyi County 顺义县后沙峪榆阳路(名都园南门东行100米) 500m south of China International Exhibition Center station (Line 15)

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biker bar has rolled into town, parking itself between the gated communities, golf courses, and prestigious international schools of Shunyi. There goes the neighborhood? We took a big gulp and endeavored to find out. But upon closer inspection, The Garage is more likely to attract teachers and their students’ families than the local branch of Hell’s Angels. Owner Glenn Phelan’s success with The Green Cap and Filling Station fueled the idea behind The Garage. The plan of attack is a simple one involving a strategic location, decent diner food, a camp theme and the broadcasting of sports` on gigantic plasma screens. Harley-Davidson-themed orange and black booths overwhelm the large space. The deep-fried Cajun Chicken Wings (six for RMB 45) from the “Quick Fuel Filler” menu were seasoned well enough to reject the rack of sauces we were handed, while the Garage Sandwich (RMB 80) is a grain-fed Australian beef medallion on flaky ciabatta bread, and is more appetizing than its name suggests. Beer from more than 10 countries is available, and the draft options are dispensed from engine pistons. The cocktail selection is limited to familiar classics, but we settled on a well-balanced Whiskey Sour and Lynchburg Lemonade (RMB 45). The pool table, five big screen TVs, daily specials, and weekly events should be enough to draw an enthusiastic Shunyi presence, but a trip from the city does not seem worth it. Unless you’re riding in on your motorcycle, of course. Reed Russell Also try: Wahoo, Frank’s Place

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