December 17, 2014

Happy Holidays from the Gang at Frankie’s!

Merry-Christmas-Happy-HolidaysAhhh the holiday season. Gift giving, gift receiving, time spent with family and friends, wine and cider…what’s not to like? As with pretty much every holiday Frankie’s wants to help you and yours feel at home during such times of wonderment. So while we’ll be closed on Christmas Day, there’s still plenty of ways to get yourself in the holiday spirit.

For starters, let us cater your holiday event! In the days leading up to the 25th, Chef Kevin Wallace will be sending out perfect gifts in the form of delectable cuisine for all to enjoy. Simply shoot the aforementioned Mr. Wallace an email at to set up the perfect menu for your occasion.

While that’s all well and good, you may be looking for something with a little more back home nostalgia. For you types I’m happy to say that on Tuesday, December 23 and Wednesday, December 24 we’ll be having Christmas Movie Nights at Frankie’s! It’ll be business as usual for the majority of the day and evening, but starting at approximately 10:00 each night we will be putting a different movie on the big screen and surround sound to give you that ‘living room with the family’ experience (except it’ll have a bar, a big bar, with people bringing you drinks…it’s preferable, really). Tuesday night we will be showing the timeless classic Home Alone

Don’t let the fact you’re in China for the holidays bring you down. There are plenty of ways to get in the holiday spirit, they just all happen to be provided by your favorite holiday hang-out, Frankie’s! So Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kick-*** Kwanzaa, or whatever else the politically correct think I should say this holiday season. We hope you’ll stop by and let us share in the merriment with you.

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November 15, 2014

Trivia Night at Frankie’s

Hey, if this guy shows up you might not finish last.

Hey, if this guy shows up you might not finish last.

People have often asked me why we don’t do a weekly trivia night. My typical response will allude to the fact that we enjoy separating ourselves from other local establishments by offering a unique American experience that you can only get by coming here. Well, I’m happy to say that I’ve reversed course on this polarizing topic! After promoting Alex Ripley to full-time manager I had no choice but to let the most decorated quiz master this side of the Li river do what he does best – entertain the heck out of you!

Starting this Monday, November 17 at 9:30 PM (and every subsequent Monday) Frankie’s will host a weekly trivia and teacher appreciation night. On top of all the merriment that a well executed trivia night brings, we will offer some food and drink specials in an effort to show our gratitude for all the love and appreciation our local teachers bring to Frankie’s each and every day. So get your booty down here on Monday nights to revel in some sweet deals and test your chops against Shenzhen’s best and brightest at what promises to be the most exciting trivia night in town!

Can I get the Cliffs Notes?

-Trivia and Teach Appreciation Night at Frankie’s every Monday night at 9:30 PM (at least until Game of Thrones returns, that is).

-Buy 2 get 1 free on all appetizers. Your choice of 1 or 3 beef or pork sliders: ¥25 for 1, ¥65 for 3.

-¥75 buckets of 6 Budweiser bottles; ¥50 pitchers of Asahi; ¥25 select shooters (for the ladies – I hope).

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November 5, 2014

Have a Frankie’s Thanksgiving!

tgiving3One of the toughest parts about living in China is finding the proper way to celebrate our most cherished holidays. Chief among these is Thanksgiving. The November holiday is truly a time best spent with friends and family around the dinner table, stuffing your face and giving thanks for all of our blessings in this crazy little thing called life. Unfortunately, while living abroad it can be exceedingly difficult to replicate the warmth and grace that Thanksgiving promises. Well, once again Frankie’s is here to put your worries at rest! Though we will be closed for business on Thursday, November 27, we can still make sure you have the proper dining experience that you’ve so longed for with each passing year in China.

Let Frankie’s Cater Your Thanksgiving Dinner!

No matter the number of people you expect for your Thanksgiving dinner, we have you covered. We will be offering a few different choices for you:

-Individual turkeys serving parties of 4-6 people (600 RMB) or 8-10 diners (900 RMB).

-Full meals including turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, candied yams, green beans and succotash. (900 RMB for groups of 4-6; 1400 RMB for groups of 8-10)

Meals can be picked up at either Frankie’s Futian or Nanshan locations at a specified time on both Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28. Limited delivery within a certain area is also available for a small delivery fee.

This year there’s no reason to miss out on the perfect Thanksgiving dining experience!

For more details please contact Executive Chef Kevin Wallace at


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November 4, 2014

3rd Annual Marine Corps Birthday Party

MarineCorpsBday FinalHere at Frankie’s we have the utmost respect for servicemen and servicewomen from all over the globe. It has become a tradition, on November 10 of each year, to host a birthday party in honor of the United States Marine Corps. While there will most certainly be loud and proud displays of patriotism, we want to make it known that this is not just an event for former US Marines. No, this is a night to honor the men and women who have served their countries, no matter what branch he or she was in or what country was fought for.

Veterans from across the globe are asked to come to Frankie’s the evening of November 10. As many of you have seen, and many more will in the future, this is truly an event held to celebrate the sacrifice and commitment that it takes to serve your country. Branches of armed forces have fought against and alongside each other for hundreds and thousands of years. On November 10 at Frankie’s, they’ll be back alongside each other, but this time with an ice cold pint in hand!

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October 18, 2014

Frankie’s Top 5 Times to Drink a Beer

Top5Who doesn’t love a good Top 5 list? Today I will unveil a new recurring theme on our beloved website: Random and completely subjective Top 5 lists of which no one is consulted but me. That name seems a little long, so we’ll just call the posts ‘Frankie’s Top 5 (insert subject here)’. These posts will not be up for debate, because (as I learned from my older brother) I am right…all the time. So without further ado:

Frankie’s Top 5 Times to Drink a Beer

5) Immediately after mowing your lawn. This one should need no explanation. It’s a scorching hot day and you’ve been slaving under the sun for countless hours. While the solitude is nice (even your wife’s shrill voice can’t compete with a sweet sounds of a John Deere), the work is grueling and completion most certainly warrants the adult beverage of your choice. While Frankie’s was at the forefront of the craft beer movement in Shenzhen, this is no time for a triple hopped IPA. No friends, crack open a can of Bud or Coors Light, sit down on your porch swing, and revel at the landscaping work of art you’ve just poured your heart and soul in to. You’ve earned it.

4) Post work, pre-family time. Like sand in an hourglass, most of us hardworking individuals spend the days of our lives submitting to the repetitive grind of the 9 to 5 work day. While we (hopefully) adore each moment we spend with our families sometimes we just need a little time to ourselves. This time tends to be between the hours of 5 and 7PM. Heck, it’s become such a ritual that there’s a name for it, and there’s a very good reason it’s not called “Sad Hour”. That reason is BEER!

3) The hair of the dog . While this beer is completely self-serving and in the face of the laws of responsibility, it may be the most necessary of all. What began at the aforementioned Happy Hour turned into an epic all-night rage fest. The night, and the thirst, got away from you. It happens. We certainly aren’t ones to judge.  Unfortunately, while the night brought good times and better stories the morning still comes, and with it the promise of a splitting headache and a queasy stomach. It’s the price we pay – such things are required of a champion. While some ibuprofen, Gatorade and a double cheeseburger may be the responsible route to take, no one ever told a story about the good times they had watching Netflix. No friends, it’s that pre-noon leveler that will give way to more memories and epic acts of awesomeness!

2) The celebratory brew. Ahhh, one we can all get behind. Just got a promotion? Maybe you got engaged (or divorced for that matter)? Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays…the list goes on and on. Nothing lifts the spirits like a group of you and your best mates sitting around with a couple pitchers of cold beer, forgetting about all the daily turbulence life can throw your way. In these moments all the negativity in our lives are miles away. Sit back, relax, and enjoy that pint you so richly deserve. You’ve made it through another day, another year on this Earth of ours, why not celebrate?

1) The “China Day” beer. This beer is absolutely location specific. Unless you’ve spent time in this jungle land we call home you can’t possibly comprehend the satisfaction that comes with your first sip of beer after one of those days where China just seems to have it out for you. Maybe the taxi driver drove you in circles to ramp up the meter. Perhaps, between your office and apartment, there are 4 different air conditioners dripping gallons of water by the hour. Maybe the guy smoking a cig on the elevator decided to hock an atom bomb of phlegm right beside your flip-flop. While living in China can be both professionally and culturally rewarding, there are plenty of days that make you question the life decisions that led you here. Trying to grin and bear it is often an exercise in futility. When these days come up (and trust me, they will) there’s only one thing a self-respecting person can do – head to your local pub, grab a cold one, and let each sip of frothy goodness wash the pain and frustration away.

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