Jia mo! Maovember tops 1 million mao with four events to go!


Maovember 2017 topped its goal of one million mao this week with a donation of rmb888 from Neil Holt. Thanks to Neil and the hundreds and hundreds of other people who have supported this year’s campaign. The money will buy much-needed equipment for Bread of Life and The Library Project.

We still have four exciting events to help add to the total!

 Thursday, November 30, 7:30 PM

Official Maovember Closing at Paddy O’Shea’s

This official closing party is always an epic night of fun. Expect two bands, a Jameson pickleback bar, a CHEERS mulled wine station, Orchard Pig cider, hockey and darts games, and a fantastic draw. Mike Wester will cap his 900-km month-long mao-a-thon when he arrives that night. And we will weigh the winner of CHEERS’ “win your weight in wine” contest and award the bottles on the spot. If this closing party is like the last few, it is going to be a blast.

December 2

SantaCon at Beijing

Every year, a sleigh full of people dress as Santa and do a day-long tour of Beijing that includes bars, restaurants and cafes. Get into the spirit for this year’s SantaCon on December 2: funds raised will be donated to Maovember. See here for more details.

Saturday, December 2, 6:30 PM

Chili Pepper Contest at Punjabi

The Beijinger annual chili eating contest at Punjabi will double as a Maovember fundraiser. Watch eight fire-eating contestants from eight nations go through a half-dozen rounds of increasingly spicy chilies. Want to watch? Tickets are rmb100 and include a buffet and pepper samples. More details here. Or you can sign up for a ticket direct with this QR code (100 seats in total, first come, first served):

Sunday, December 3, 14:00-18:00

Maovember Shave Off at The Hatchery

Get ready to say zai jian to your five-week old mustache with the Maovember Shave Off at The Hatchery. Get a shave, a whiskey melt sandwich, a Jing-A stout and a shot of Jameson for just rmb80, all funds to Maovember! The Hatchery is also donating proceeds from Jameson picklebacks, Jameson Ginger Ale & Lemon, and Jing-A and Jameson combos. This event will unofficially wrap up the Maovember 2017 campaign so come out for one last celebration of a successful month of fundraising!

Thanks again to everyone who has already attended this year’s events and hope to see you a few more times before we wrap up Maovember 2017!

Recap | Mystery Wine Party raises 86,700 mao!

There wasn’t a pizza, brownie or bottle left when the 3rd annual Mystery Wine Party wrapped up at Q Bar on Sunday. With rmb500 from pin sales and personal donations, and additional funds from an ice bucket game, the event raised 86,700 mao (rmb 8,670) for Maovember.
Mystery Wine sees distributors donate at least five bottles, each worth at least rmb150. These are then wrapped and sold for rmb100, with buyers hopefully finding exciting new wines to try.
Wine donors this year included Australian NaturalGrape Wall of China, La Cava de Laoma, Le Wine, Le Sommelier InternationalLe Wine, Nongchao Wine, Ponty, Rory Quirk, Seina Growers ChampagneSignature Wine Club and The Wine Republic.
Gung Ho! donated three kinds of pizzas while Bread of Life provided brownies. There were also draw prizes from Seina, Ponty, Paul Rochon, Orchard Pig and Jing-A. Q Bar hosted the event and provided glassware, with DJ Peter Stone handling the music.
All in all, it was a fine day of fine wines at fantastic prizes, all for a good cause!

Recap | BIIH holds hockey bash at Irish Volunteer


Update: Since the party, BIIH member Terry Linton has raised rmb 2,750, fellow member Thomas Garran donated rmb 1,000 and a further rmb 200 was raised in T-shirt sales. Well-done, guys!

The Beijing International Ice Hockey crew traded ice sheets for cubes on Saturday night as they held a fund-raising bash at Irish Volunteer / Hockey Bar. The event included a silent auction and personal donations on top of the sale of the annual BIIH mustache T-shirts. Add live music and lots of beverages and it was a fun night. The total for Saturday was over 39,000 mao (rmb3,900), with the guys saying T-shirts sales are still to come. Well-done, BIIH!

Recap | Schnapps-fest at Groovy Schiller’s!


Schnapps from Germany, Austria and Switzerland featured at a Maomember fundraiser last night by newcomer Groovy Schiller’s. Attendees each paid rmb150 to try nine Schnapps, with co-owner Johan Marchart explaining the differences between them.

Meanwhile, fellow co-owner Jack Zhou was running a darts game. For rmb20, players threw three darts with each the left and right hand. Anyone over 80 points won prizes, including single malt.

After a night of raising glasses and throwing darts, Groovy Schiller’s had raised 31,600 mao (rmb3,160) for Maovember!

See how to support Maovember here and follow us on Facebook here.

Recap | Caravan hosts second ‘Mao’roccan’ Thanksgiving feast!


After a popular feast last year, Caravan returned with second helpings of its ‘Mao’roccan’ Thanksgiving meal. From the ras el hanout butternut squash soup to the turkey with sweet potato and cranberry tajine, Caravan owner Badr Benjelloun put a Moroccan twist on holiday classics.

Guests were asked to buy Maovember pins and donate rmb100 minimum for the meal, with seatings at both 6 PM and 8 PM. Caravan also donated sales of mulled apple cider, donated by Orchard Pig. After the meal, Caravan went from Mao’roccan to rockin’ as customers enjoyed live music.

With money from 45 pins and ‘Mao’roccan’ meals, a dozen mulled cider and personal donations, Caravan raised an impressive 74,500 mao (rmb7,450) for Maovember!

See how to support Maovember here and follow us on Facebook here.


Recap | ‘Paws for a cause’ with Dog Pub Crawl!


The first Maovember Dog Pub Crawl saw dozens of our four-legged friends, of almost every shape and size, tour the Sanlitun area. Everyone gathered at the first stop Beer Mania, then visited The Local, XL Bar & Restaurant and Paddy O’Shea’s before winding up at Jing-A. At each venue, the people got a beverage while the pooches got snacks courtesy of Penny’s Food Studio. With 31 attendees, these “paws for a cause” raised 31,000 mao (rmb3,100) for Maovember!

See how to support Maovember here and follow us on Facebook here.

Recap | Irish Volunteer / Hockey Bar pitch in with corn toss classic!


The annual Charity Corn-Toss Classic at Irish Volunteer and sibling venue Hockey Bar is a cornerstone Maovember event. Each year, people congregate to compete, enjoy comradeship and beverages, and raise money for good causes.

The 5th edition of this event was no different as 12 teams participated in a round robin tourney to determine the corn toss champ. With teams paying rmb100 each, and rmb3,500 in team sponsorships courtesy of Martin Winchell and Jen Ambrose, the competition alone raised 47,000 mao (rmb 4,700). In the end, veterans Tom McCabe and Mike Kusy edged new teammates Steve Wang and Big Mike 21-18 in a freezing-cold nail-biting finale.

Irish Volunteer also raised money via craft beer donated by WE Brewery, Crown Royal donated by blog Beijing Boyce and drinks donated by the bar. That raised an additional rmb 2,900 for a one-day total of rmb 7,600. Irish Volunteer has also sold rmb 1,000 worth of Maovember pins this year!

See how to support Maovember here and follow us on Facebook here.

Recap | WE Brewery’s Tianjin-Beijing ‘Twin Cities’ mission!


Craft brewers WE put Tianjin on the Maovember map once again this year. Then took that charitable spirit on the road to Beijing.

The “Twin Cities” bash saw WE Brewery dedicate a tap to Maovember from 5 PM to close. After much guzzling, and with people making additional donations, WE raised a whopping 61,650 mao (rmb 6,165).

But WE wasn’t done. Owner Steve Wang not only brought a keg of his beer to Beijing the next day to sell for charity at the annual corn toss tournament but also entered a team that had rmb 2,000 in sponsorships!

Check out these photos to see WE in action in both cities!

See how to support Maovember here and follow us on Facebook here.