Li Po Lounge – the Original Chinese Mai Tai

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Nestled in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Chinatown, Li Pu Lounge stands as a timeless testament to the rich history and cultural heritage of the neighborhood. This hidden gem offers not only a nostalgic ambiance but also an exquisite taste of the original Chinese Mai Tai, a classic cocktail that has become a local legend. Join us as we delve into the historical context of Li Pu Lounge and the remarkable experience it offers.

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Li Po Lounge, home of the original Chinese Mai Tai, off of Grant Avenue in Chinatown.

Stepping into Li Pu Lounge is like stepping back in time. The establishment has maintained its old-world charm with vintage decor, elegant wooden furnishings, and nostalgic accents that harken back to its early days. The warm and inviting ambiance immediately envelops you, creating an atmosphere where time seems to slow down, allowing for a truly immersive experience.

Inside the cozy Li Po Lounge, Chinatown, San Francisco.

The Original Chinese Mai Tai

You cannot discuss Li Pu Lounge without paying homage to its signature creation, the original Chinese Mai Tai. Crafted with precision, this legendary cocktail captures the essence of traditional Chinese flavors, blending top-quality spirits with a delicate balance of citrus and tropical notes.

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The original Chinese Mai Tai served at Li Po Lounge in Chinatown, San Francisco.

If my sources are correct the  LI Pu Chinese Mai Tai is made up of  Whaler’s Rum, Castillo Light Rum, Bacardi 151 Rum (discontinued but likely substituted with Don Q), “Chinese liqueur” (Mei Kuei Lu), and Pineapple juice.

Sipping on a Chinese Mai Tai at Li Pu Lounge is like embarking on a sensory journey, where every sip tells a story of culinary craftsmanship passed down through generations. These Mai Tais pack a serious punch, so be warned!

Our take on Li Pu Lounge

Li Pu Lounge is a cherished time capsule in San Francisco’s Chinatown, offering visitors an authentic taste of history and a chance to indulge in the original Chinese Mai Tai. If you find yourself exploring Chinatown, we’d recommend stopping by for the experience and specifically the Chinese Mai Tai. It’s such a unique experience but I wouldn’t plan your trip around it. As a matter of fact, we dropped in here on our walk to the Tonga Room.