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Easy Rider Saloon at Xiamen Binguan in Xiamen

Updated: 2013-06-01
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The Easy Rider Saloon is one of the only authentic western bars in Xiamen and they have recently changed locations. Now they are located in the lobby floor of the luxurious Xiamen Bin Guan Hotel. Their official opening is Saturday June 1st where they will have live music starting at 9:30 featuring local foreign bands The Runaround (Luan Pao) and the Lv Maozi.
 
The summer is here and it is getting hot and muggy in Xiamen and I can’t think of a better place to come for a relaxing cold beer with a comfortable air-conditioned and spacious atmosphere than the Easy Rider Saloon.
 
Easy Rider plays hosts to some of the best live music in Xiamen. Some of the other bars in the city have changed over the years and have decided in a distasteful manner to turn up the volume in regards to their music. Easy Rider tries to keep it smooth but will occasional rock out with some live music.
 
They have one of the only official Beer-Pong Tables in all of China, if you don’t know what that is then you need to stop by and learn the hard way (It’s ping-pong without the paddles and lots of beer drinking). Easy Rider invites you to their weekly card game night with proper tables and chips. As far as food goes they have authentic American style Hot-Dogs, Nachos and BLT sandwiches on the menu as well as long a list of beers and spirits. They provide a stage for local bands to come and perform and they have an open space for the audience to watch, dance and get rowdy. Easy Rider also plays host to salsa dancing nights with experienced teachers.
 
One of the best parts about this saloon is that if your Chinese is not up to par then you don’t have to worry because they always have someone behind the bar with fluent and friendly English. The posters on the wall are iconic in that Rock n’ Roll sense because you can see Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Jimmy Hendrix next to Hank Williams Sr. and Willie Nelson.
 
With soft low lighting the wood bar and floors give Easy Rider a nice ambience that invites you to loosen up and sit down on the high quality God-Fatheresque leather chairs that are cushioned to make it the ideal place for relaxing on the weekends or after work.
 
I was talking with the owner Horeb - a wild haired artist who is a world renowned musician himself will grab the guitar at any given time and start jamming old favorites ranging anywhere from Little Richard to Alan Jackson. Horeb was saying that the owners of the Xiamen Bin Guan Hotel liked his old bar so much that they approached him with an offer to move the Easy Rider Saloon into their Hotel. In my opinion it was a good move because there is more room to have fun and relax and the nice hotel atmosphere provides more style, comfort and security to the whole experience.
 
Horeb jokingly told me that they have two prices for everything in the bar (both are clearly marked on the menu). If you are not already on the VIP list then all you need to do is go to the bar and say the magic word, “Yeehaw” with a little gusto of course or some creative variation of that and you’ll get the discounted price no questions asked.
 
The Easy Rider Saloon is a unique place in Xiamen that I believe will soon be a staple amongst the discerning folks of this great city.
 
Location: 厦门宾馆8号 (护院路16号)
(Xiamen Bin Guan Ba Hao Luo Hu Yuan Lu)
Phone: 1803-01-46732
 

SOURCE: WOX Team by Eric

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