Coming up! | Thanksgiving, Hockey, Schnapps, Mystery Wine & More!


What an awesome past week for Maovember! CHEERS got people’s feet moving at the Latin Fiesta, Q Mex held its annual charity quiz and our four-footed friends joined a Dog Pub Crawl that included Beer Mania, The Local, XL, Paddy O’Shea’s and Jing-A.

Meanwhile, WE Brewery held a bash in Tianjin then brought a keg of beer to the annual corn toss tournament at The Irish Volunteer / Hockey Bar in Beijing. Great stuff!

And Mike Wester continued his 900-km mission with walks to The Roots and Bread of Life.

With 11 days and a half-dozen events to go, we have more than 720,000 mao / 72,000 rmb.

I’ll have recaps on our most recent event but first want to let people know what’s in the queue over the next four days.

Thursday, November 23, 6 PM & 8 PM

Thanksgiving at Caravan

Caravan returns with its ‘Mao’roccan’ Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy your turkey dinner with a Moroccan twist! (There is also a vegan option.) Seatings at 6 PM and 8 PM (8 PM not fully booked), with a rmb100 minimum donation. Plus, mulled cider from Orchard Pig. All revenue from the meal and cider goes to Maovember! This event drew a big crowd last year so RSVP soon.

Friday, November 24, 7 PM

Schnapps Tasting at Groovy Schillers

Join German-focused bar and restaurant Groovy Schiller’s, in the former Nearby the Tree space behind Yashow Market, for a night of schnapps. Participants will enjoy nine different schnapps, plus finger food, for rmb150, with all money to Maovember. Plus, they can try their hand at winning prizes through darts.

(Pics from last year’s fundraisers!)

Saturday, November 25, 8 PM

BIIH Maovember Party

The Beijing International Ice Hockey guys have been supporters of Maovember for years, whether by buying pins, selling mustache-themed T-shirts or holding auctions. Join their Maovember party at Irish Volunteer for a silent auction, drink specials, live music by The Beijing Bandits and to get your BIIH mustache T-shirt!

Sunday, November 26, 3 PM

Mystery Wine Party at Q Bar

The Mystery Wine Party is back for a third straight year. Get a bottle of wine valued at rmb150 to rmb1500 for a mere rmb100, with labels from niche importers that source from around the planet. The year’s party is at Q Bar. There will also be Gung Ho pizza, Bread of Life brownies, the documentary Somm and prizes such as Champagne and corkscrews in our Ice Bucket Challenge. Note: We cannot guarantee wine for walk-ins. To guarantee your spot, please register and pay.

Looking even further ahead…

 Thursday, November 30

Closing Party at Paddy O’Shea’s

The annual closing party at Paddy O’Shea’s is an epic night of live music, picklebacks, games and comradeship. More details to come.

(Pics from last year’s Maovember fun.)

Saturday, December 2

Chili Pepper Contest at Punjabi

Call is the “hair of the dog”: we will have one post-November event this year. The Beijinger annual chili eating contest at Punjabi will also serve as a Maovember fundraiser. Watch contestants from a half-dozen countries go through at least a half-dozen rounds of increasingly spicy chilies. Guests will also be able to try some of those chilies. More details soon.

Plus Tiki Bungalow is back a third straight year, this time donating 元10 from every Macadamia Chi Chi Nut and Mojito during November.

Lots of fun stuff in the queue. Get out, have fun, help Bread of Life and Library Project.

Maovember focuses on quirky events for good causes. Our 2022 partner is Library Project, which has furnished thousands of reading rooms in rural schools. Learn more about Maovember here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.