Maovember is a month-long campaign that teams restaurants, bars and customers for good causes. This year it supports Bread of Life, a bakery that hires disabled orphans who have reached working age, and Library Project, which furnishes reading rooms for needy schools. Learn more about Maovember here. See below for upcoming events.
Mike’s 900-km ‘mao-a-thon’ | 632 km as of Nov 20
The mission of Mike Wester is to walk 900 km this month for Maovember. He started with a 50-km walk around Beijing’s 3rd Ring Road on November 1 and has not stopped since. Sponsor Mike for 90 rmb (1 mao per km) or 450 rmb (5 mao per km)—or even more! Details on his walk and how to support it at this link.
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, 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.
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 rmb800 for a mere rmb100, with labels from niche importers that source from around the planet. The year’s party is at Q Bar. More details to come.
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.
November 1 to 30
Maovember drinks at Tiki Bungalow
Tiki is back a third straight year, this time donating 元10 from every Macadamia Chi Chi Nut and Mojito sold this month.
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.
PAST 2017 EVENTS
Wednesday, November 1, 17:00-24:00
Launch Party at XL Restaurant & Bar
Maovember kicks off Wednesday, November 1, at XL just off Xindong Road in Beijing. Be the first to get the 2017 Maovember pin while enjoying games, drinks (happy hour until 9 PM!) and food (burgers, and more). Co-owner Jane Cui also plans to donate 20 percent of revenue during the launch party to Maovember! Map here.
Friday, November 3, 20:00-22:00
Wine Tasting at CHEERS
Spend a fun Friday night tasting wine with CHEERS! Only 20 spaces available, see poster above for more details.
Thursday, November 9, 8 PM
Beer-Active at bactive & Slow Boat
How many kegs does it take to burn off one beer? Join bactive for an exercise session and then reward yourself with a craft beer at Slow Boat! Only 20 spaces. See poster for details.
Sunday, November 12, 6 PM-11 PM
Win Your Weight in Wine at CHEERS Store 67
Mike Wester will wrap up his two-day attempt to visit to walk to as many of the 31 CHEERS stores in Beijing as possible. This after-party will decide who wins their weight in wine plus feature bubbly and baozza! Want to enter to win your weight in wine? See here.
Wednesday, November 15, 9 PM
Pub Quiz at Q-Mex Bar & Grill
Q Mex returns with its 4th annual charity quiz. Quiz masters Carlos and Faye will provide brainteasers in English and Chinese. The optional rmb100 entry fee includes two pitchers of Carlsberg and goes to maovember. There will be a charity auction and Q Bar will give rmb10 from every tequila shot and margarita, and rmb100 from every Day of the Dead shirt, to maovember. The action starts at 9 PM but you best get there early to guarantee a seat!
Friday, November 17, 19:00-24:00
Fiesta Latina at CHEERS
Start the weekend right with the CHEERS Fiesta Latina party. Dance the night away while enjoying a free flow of sangria and gluewine for rmb50. From 7 PM to midnight at the Shuguangxili branch (map here).
Friday, November 17, 5 PM
Twin City Party at WE Brewery
WE Brewery will put Tianjin on the Maovember map with its Twin Cities party! Part 1 is November 17 in Tianjin where, from 5 PM, WE will have a dedicated tap: every rmb30 pour goes to Maovember. Part 2 is in Beijing where WE’s Steve Wang will deliver the money, and several kegs of beer, to The Irish Volunteer for its charity corn toss tourney. Party in Tianjin at WE Brewery: Yi He Li, Xi An dao, He Ping District. More details here.
Saturday, November 18, 1:30 PM
Corn-Toss Classic at The Irish Volunteer
The annual Charity Corn-Toss Classic at Irish Volunteer and sibling venue Hockey Bar dates to the first year of Maovember. Expect this fifth edition to deliver the usual fast-placed corn-toss action along with tasty drinks and a superb draw. The entry fee is rmb100 per team of two players: sign up by emailing George Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org. Irish Volunteer is at 311 Jiangtai Road, across from Crowne Plaza Lido.
Sunday, November 19, 2 PM
Dog Pub Crawl
You and your pooch can get involved in Maovember by joining a Sunday pub crawl that starts at Beer Mania and includes The Local, XL Bar & Restaurant, Paddy O’Shea’s and the Jing-A Xingfucun Middle Road branch. The rmb100 entry fee gets you a drink at each venue and your pooch snacks from Penny’s Food Studio. See QR code on poster to register.