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Bad Monkey

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Chinese, American, Pizza, British
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59 Renmin Road, Dali, China
+86 872 267 5460
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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202 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

The staff were mixed bunch some very friendly others not but the band was very good and I enjoyed the monkey beer a good local atmosphere as well Paul

Thank Paul O
Paris, France
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I really not appreciate how we were treated in this place. I was asking for a mojito, and they gave me a glass with water and rhum. I told them very nicely "it is not a mojito" and the waiter sit at our table, told me "it is how we do mojito in china" talked to me as a dumb...... More 

Thank alice p
Milan, Italy
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99 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

Came across Bad Monkey almost by chance (a friend told me to go there cause the beer is good), and I have to say I was really happy I did. Beer is not only good, but great ! Live music is amazing (I went there also the second night I was in Dali, and there was another brilliant rock /... More 

Thank lupin83
Rovereto, Italy
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133 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Good for the live music they have every night. Unfortunately the whole night life in the ancient town of Dali finishes pretty early (at 11pm they have to stop the music). Good drinks with a reasonable price and we tried the pizza, which was ok, considering I am Italian. Will come back again if in Dali

Thank Mikefin12
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

I appreciate this is meant to be a food review, but despite wanting to we didn't get that far... Anyway, 'craft beer'. They have four of their own beers on the menu, but one's off. Fair enough, we'll have one each of the other three. The amber ale turns up, and it's nice. I mean, it's not an amber ale,... More 

Thank Mark D
Zwolle, The Netherlands
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246 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We sat down here to grap a beer and watch the crowed pass by. It is just an okay bar, nothing more nothing les. A Nice bar.

Thank Michel S
Dali, China
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I arrived in Dali and went to check out Bad Monkey on recommendation of a friend and I've pretty much been glued to the place ever since! Every night is live music from super cool talented musicians, (local and international) across the two bars a range of music is performed - people always dancing and having good times. The food... More 

Thank chasepigeons
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

I stayed in Dali Old Town for a week and found myself vibeing in the atmosphere of Bad Monkey most nights of that week. Every night of the week there are local and international bands playing, all of high standard and frequently they fill the house (Keep an eye out for a Thai rock band that frequent the venue, they... More 

Thank Tim S
Dali, China
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

I have been coming to the Bad Monkey periodically over the past eight years and am really impressed how it has surged forward recently. Now they have two bars on the street, the latest is built over three floors in a 'steampunk' style and is visually spectacular. The craft beers remain awesome and the food has moved to a whole... More 

Thank Tobias888
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Dirty. Crap food. Lazy staff. If you just want to throw alcohol down your neck until you puke, it's fine. Anything more than that, forget it.

Thank chinachilli

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub, Chinese, American, Pizza, British
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi
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Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 59 Renmin Road, Dali, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Yunnan  >  Dali
  • Phone Number: +86 872 267 5460
Welcome to Bad Monkey,
Bad Monkey is Dali's longest running foreign owned bar (open since 2003)
Located in the heart of Dali Old Town, Yunnan, southwest China but set away from the jostling crowds of shoppers, Bad Monkey Brew Pub is a real gem.
Bad Monkey operates its own brewery set in a stunning location with a famous ancient spring, using all imported ingredients to make southwest China's only craft beer!
Bad Monkey boasts the best in craft brewed beers and exciting cocktails with an unpretentious buzzing atmosphere every night of the week. Regular live music, great food, pool table, fully stocked western bar, huge range of drinks and hookah flavors, and friendly staff coupled with the fact that we really know how to throw a party: At Bad Monkey, you're guaranteed a good night, making us one of Dali's most popular bars for years running. We are also open daily from 8.30Am, serving monster breakfasts, lunch and dinner throughout the day, with or without absinthe and beer.
Come along and have a drink or two and find out what all the fuss is about.....

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