It wasn't long ago that if one wanted a cold, reasonably priced beer in a relaxed environment in Chongqing they had to go to the "outside bar," aka "the umbrellas," in Jiefangbei. And if the weather were (as it is now) miserable, you were better ditching the beer for the 'warmth' of your own home, or over-extending your stay at a hot-pot restaurant (if that's even possible) to slurp down bottles of Shancheng away from the elements.
Thankfully my friends, those times are no longer upon us, as Chongqing now has a variety of well priced, non-deafening watering hulls that appease to both foreigners and locals alike. With a growing beer list, featuring brews from Laos (15RMB Beerlao) to Germany, and properly made cocktails such as the signature "Caribou Lou," the newest of which, billed as Chongqing's 'only reggae bar,' is Da Rasta.
Located in the student-centric hub of Shapingba, Da Rasta, with its reggae, or 'rasta' inspired motif is a great new option for those who enjoy pool/billiard, darts, or conversation with their booze. As befits the name, a steady stream of island rhythms makes up the typical soundtrack at Da Rasta, though the friendly staff are willing to accomodate a variety of musical tastes, just so long as it isn't death-metal or something equally obtrusive that you yearn for. And if you fancy yourself an intellectual, or just need an excuse to drink on Tuesdays(for free if you win), Da Rasta is host to Chongqing's only trivia night, every week at 21:00
Address: 重庆沙坪坝区(汉渝路/工人村)优派青年公寓B懂(near Hanyu Lu Bus station)
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