Address: 3/F, 26F Sinan Mansions, 45 Sinan Lu, near Fuxing Lu 思南路45弄26F号3楼, 近复兴路
Tel: 3368 9525
Price: [Drinks] 65~70 RMB, [Bar Bites] 60~70 RMB
Please note that this is an arranged tasting, so my experience is possibly more positive than a regular visit.
Exactly as the pictures depict, Yucca is anything but subtle. This small cocktail lounge is dramatic with shocking color blocks, elaborate geometric mosaic floor, bar stools in fuchsia and bright yellow, candelabras, Catholic crucifixes, and the likes. The decor is an attraction in itself, and when paired with house special cocktails and bar bites, Yucca makes for an ideal spot for those looking for a theatrical night.
From Yucca’s tequila-focused cocktail list, I chose the house special Mexican Mule (65 RMB), a playful variation of the Moscow Mule made with Sauza blanco tequila, freshly squeezed lime juice, passion fruit, NZ Manuka honey, cucumber, ginger beer. Do know that I’m not a cocktail connoisseur – I usually just like whatever that tastes fruity and not very strong – but the Mexican Mule seemed like an easy pleaser (for girls, at least).
Mojito & Mexican Mule
Rich, the bartender, also fixed us a Kiwi Capriosa (not sure if this is on the menu), which was another perfect summer drink that I would’ve downed if it weren’t so strong (again, do know that I have low tolerance for alcohol).
Kiwi Capriosa (note the kiwi chunks!)
Yucca also has a selection of bar bites, and I’m not sure if I was just really hungry or what, but the two that I tried – Guacamole Bandera (69 RMB) and Trufa y Queso Fontina (60 RMB) – were both addictingly good.
Chunky avocado mixed with tomato, onion, Jalapeño chile, coriander and lime juice
Trufa y Queso Fontina
Truffle and Fontina cheese quesadilla with arugula pistou
Slightly intoxicated and thoroughly stuffed, I walked out of Yucca a very happy person. Truth to told, I personally prefer a more harmonious decor (think Downstairs), but for those looking for something a bit more bizarre and out of the ordinary, Yucca should be a destination.
Deseo Fuerza Amor Lujuria