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Bad Monkey

) #7 of 96 Restaurants in Dali $$ - $$$ , , Chinese
59 Renmin Road, Dali, China
+86 872 267 5460
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good29%
  • Average18%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“sunday roast” (8 reviews)
“pizza” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, Pub, Chinese, American, Pizza, British
$$ - $$$
59 Renmin Road, Dali, China
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1 - 10 of 105 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you like loud music and flat beer then you will enjoy this venue. A little more light and a tidy up would have improved the place no end. Some love it, but not my kind of venue.

Thank EtzyKetzy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we stayed here too long and suffered the next day! mainy because the music was so good and the beer kept flowing. friendly place

Thank GayleUK
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This has been a mainstay of Dali for years. Food and beer used to be phenomenal, now? Not even a little bit. It seems like the ownership just doesn't care anymore. My friend and I had the "Margherita" pizza. It was a cheese pizza, as...More

Thank dgt1984
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had an IPA but unfortunately it was FLAT! Taste was good but no bubbles. I think the barman was having problems​ it took about 15 minutes to pour one beer!! It cost 35 RMB. When l said it was flat the barman who spoke...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

I'm always have a good time in the Monkey Bars. Fresh food, delicious beer and great live music. If you go to Dali, the Bad Monkey is the best place to party. Meeting nice people and have drinks for reasonable prices. 👍👍👍👍👍

1  Thank Deutschmarc
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Though I live in Hong Kong, I make a trek to Dali at least 3-4 times a year. When I do, the Bad Money is the place to go. I love it for several reasons: (1) The beer. They brew their own and it is...More

1  Thank Kai-HK
Reviewed 15 May 2017

I have been going here since the early 2000's, and although I can't say the experience is the same (from backpacker watering hole to the biggest party spot), it is still the best place to go in Dali.

1  Thank Joe H
Reviewed 14 May 2017

First class bar and food fantastic highly recommend lovely friendly atmosphere the guys that run the bar are friendly and hospitable, we had a fab time and would highly recommend this bar to anyone that visits China.

2  Thank DizziLizziC
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Great craft beer, they make up to 32 different types. Food is also fresh and very tasty and their Sunday roast should not be missed. The owners Carl and Shaun are very friendly and make you feel very at home. My favorite place in Dali...More

2  Thank Roy G
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

I have been lucky enough to have spent many a night in the best bar in China - good food, excelent drink, great music, super atmosphere and superb folk. Go see for yourself - seriously. Highly recommended.

2  Thank Nuhi B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
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
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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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