Bars in Beijing

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Travelers who like to cap off a day of sightseeing with a nice, cold drink will find plenty to love in Beijing nightlife, which has seen a rapid rise... Read More

Travelers who like to cap off a day of sightseeing with a nice, cold drink will find plenty to love in Beijing nightlife, which has seen a rapid rise in craft breweries and cocktail bars in the past five years.

For the best bars in Beijing, craft beer fans will be kept busy by homegrown establishments like Great Leap Brewing, Jing A Taproom, Slow Boat Brewery, Arrow Factory, and Panda Brew Pub. For cocktails, stalwarts like Mao Mao Chong have been joined by the arrival of newcomers like Mai Bar, Janes and Hooch, and Capital Spirits. Beijing is also home to a small but steadily growing selection of Japanese whisky and cocktail bars like Amilal.

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  • 4corners

    Since opening in 2011, 4corners has grown into a Houhai institution with its live shows, weekly events, quality Vietnamese dishes, and craft cocktails. Read More

  • Amilal

    This cozy bar sits just off Gulou E Street, with exposed wooden beams, a soundtrack of jazz and experimental music, two resident cats, and an extensive... Read More

  • Atmosphere

    Atmosphere features live music and an extensive selection of single malts, wine, and cocktails, all being enjoyed by a smart but low-key crowd. Read More

  • Capital Spirits Baijiu Bar & Distillery

    A low-lit, speakeasy-style bar, Capital Spirits is dedicated to educating visitors and Beijingers on the nuances of baijiu, China’s national liquor. (It... Read More

  • Cuju Moroccan Bistro & Rummery

    Cuju is at once a "rummery," a sports bar, and a Moroccan restaurant—all in the guise of a cozy hutong bar. Read More

  • East Shore Live Jazz Cafe

    East Shore features live jazz from Wednesday to Sunday (starting at 10 p.m.), with a small selection of single malt whiskeys and great views over the... Read More

  • Great Leap Brewing (GLB)

    The craft beer selection at Great Leap is anchored by stalwarts like the Honey Ma Gold and Little General IPA, and complemented by an ever-changing... Read More

  • Janes and Hooch

    Janes and Hooch describes itself as an urban saloon with inventive takes on vintage drinks. This is no place to order a gin and tonic; try one of the... Read More

  • Jing A Taproom

    There are few experiences as satisfying as cozying up to a Black Velvet Vanilla Stout on a cold winter's night or enjoying a cold Worker's Pale Ale... Read More

  • Mai Bar

    Mai Bar isn't much to look at, but founder Jeff Ji (formerly of Apothecary) knows his way around a mixed drink. This tiny hutong bar serves up classic... Read More

  • Mao Mao Chong

    This long-standing bar is a favorite among expats for its inventive cocktails and delicious thin crust pizzas. Service can be a bit slow on busy nights... Read More

  • Migas

    This contemporary Spanish restaurant and bar has arguably the best rooftop in Beijing, with sweeping views of Sanlitun, a large dance floor with a house... Read More

  • Slow Boat Brewery Taproom

    Founded in 2011, Slow Boat has the highest number of beers on tap in Beijing. There are 10 to 17 regular and experimental brews available at any given... Read More

  • Yugong Yishan

    Yugong Yishan is a homegrown dive of a live music venue with a loyal following, and an ever-evolving lineup of local and international bands. Read More

  • Long Jing

    By day, Long Jing is a quiet tea lounge serving traditional Chinese brews; at night, it transforms into a bar specializing in tea-infused cocktails. ... Read More

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