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Chances are that International Women’s Day is a much bigger deal here than in your home country. After all, in China (as well as Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria) it is considered a national holiday. Before men get to grumbling too much, don’t forget that you get to enjoy some of the perks, too. So what are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy your half-work day in style. We know you’ve earned it.

DINING

Le Petit Gourmand Fancy some hot cocoa, or perhaps a glass of wine? Desserts and drinks are 30 percent off for the day.

SALT and Terra   All women get a free glass of bubbly. Go to Terra with a group of four gals and buy a bottle of Duval Leroy champagne (RMB 600), and you’ll also get four free massage vouchers to Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat (valued at RMB 168 each).

LIBATIONS

Beer Mania   When chicks buy two Lindemans beers (peach, cherry, blackcurrant, raspberry or candy sugar flavor), they get a free scoop of Belgian ice cream. Yum. 9pm.

French Cultural Centre   On this special day, women get free entrance. Guzzle wine and canapés all evening long. Free. 6-8pm.

George’s   W
atch Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin wreaking havoc in the workplace in the film, Nine to Five. Free. 8pm.

Hidden Lounge    This new Shuangjing bar (reviewed in our latest issue) offers women free Blueberry Freeze or Hidden Special cocktails all night. Other cocktails are just RMB 20-35. Free. 6pm-midnight.

Kro’s    Go and prove that the female sex is smarter at their weekly quiz night. Free. 8pm.

Lantern   Celebrate the ‘60s, the decade that gave birth to the Women’s Liberation Movement. Grrrls, put on your favorite go-go boots or bell-bottoms and enjoy free-flow old-fashioned cocktails (i.e. Sidecars, Vodka Gimlets and Old Fashioneds) before midnight. Free. 9pm.

Modernista   Soak up jazz siren Nancy J. Brown’s sensual tunes. Free. 9.30pm.

Starfish   Compass Box, Viva and 85 Broads are hosting a “Whisky and Women Unite” cocktail night. Donations go towards EGRC, a charity that helps women and girls from poor areas of Gansu province get into education. RMB 100 (includes whisky cocktail, three Oregon oysters and a raffle ticket). 5pm-late.

Twilo   Free cocktails for women. Free. 9pm-midnight.

Xiu   It’s Ladies Night every Thursday at Xiu, and Women’s Day is no exception. Two free drinks for girls, plus 30 percent off all bottles of Absolut. Free (for women). 9pm.

Zeta  Dance performances, gift giveaways – plus a second floor “girl-zone-only.” Free. 9pm.

SHOPPING

LMC   Enjoy free refreshments as you preview and pre-order this womenswear boutique’s spring collection. Plus there’s complimentary gifts with any purchase. Free. 5-8pm.

NLGX Design Store   Their fourth anniversary happens to coincide with Women’s Day. Get 60 percent off everything at their Nanluogu Xiang store for the day. Free. 11am-11pm.

PAMPERING

The Spa at Hilton Beijing Wangfujing    Since most of us get half-days (or don’t have to work at all!), take your extended “Spa Lunch Break” here. RMB 580+15%. Book at 5812 8888 ext 8560.

The Ritz-Carlton Spa (Financial Street)   The “Beauty Rejuvenation Treat” consists of a 60-minute body massage and five-course menu by Qi master chef Jimmy Wang. Book at 6601 6666. RMB 1,999.

SPORTS

Beijing Ladies Golf   The women’s golf team launches their season in style. RMB 250 (lunch), RMB 400 (membership). 11am. Capital Club.

Bowling League   Time to out bowl the boys. Price TBD. 8-10pm.

We couldn’t possibly have included all the deals available this day. If you know of any others, feel free to share them below in a comment.

 

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