Almost impossible to find without the help of a regular customer, this Tianjin favourite is located on a dark alley that adjoins a small leafy side-street in the middle of the university district. If this were not hard enough, the owner – David – has not seen fit to put up any form of sign. Instead, it still boasts the shutters and old hoarding used by the previous occupants, a long defunct hot-pot restaurant. However, despite its impractical location, Baba's is Tianjin's busiest bar and, at weekends, can be full to bursting point.
Is it good? Is it true that Ali Baba always have foreign students?