Situated in one of Beijing’s
western districts, Haidian may not have as rich a selection of bars and pubs as its eastern counterparts, but the bars here are less crowded, cheaper and they serve high quality drinks. Not to mention, they are a ton of fun. Here are a few that have made it to the top of our list.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Japanese, Chinese, $$$
Hidden on the 11th floor of an office building, Catail is one of the most popular cocktail bars in west Beijing. Its warm and cozy ambiance attracts those who appreciate private spaces to sit back and do nothing. The cocktails are mixed just right. Sometimes the bartenders also mix in special flavors – but you’ll have to find out about these surprises yourself.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Chinese, $$$
With skillfully mixed cocktails, dim lighting, and a laid-back atmosphere, the DarkHouse pub is a perfect place for a date or a party with a small group of friends. What’s more, the drinks here are cheaper than in Sanlitun, while the quality is at least of the same standard.
Bar, Gastropub, American, German, British, Chinese, $$$
On the board of the NBeerPub in Huaxi LIVE Center is written, “World Beer Bottle Museum.” And with an impressive wall of beer bottles and a dazzling LED board that shows a wide selection of craft beers, it has lived up to this reputation.
Bar, Chinese, $$$
If the NBeerPub is the Walmart equivalent for craft beer pubs, then Wan Wei is the local shop around the corner, where you can pop in wearing your pajamas and chat with the owner and other customers. It has a broad collection of stouts, so come on in and enjoy yourself.
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Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Chinese, Japanese, $$$
While you are around Wudaokou
, don’t miss Marsol, a pub that specializes in fresh cocktails. Rumor has it that the pub was the creation of a Peking University alumnus. It is one of the most visited pubs among students from neighboring Peking and Tsinghua universities, which might explain the scholarly atmosphere. Be sure to try the signature strawberry cocktail, Marsol.
Cocktail Bar, Bar, Pub, Chinese, Japanese, $$$
At the Tipsy Peach pub in Wudaokou, you can try as many signature fruity and milky cocktails as you want without worrying about getting drunk. Its cocktails are more sweet than strong. You can try the piña colada, mixed from Puerto Rican rum and coconut and pineapple; or the grasshopper, a mint and chocolate flavored cocktail; or if you can’t decide, ask the bartenders to craft a new cocktail for you.
The Global Club is one of the top clubbing spots in Wudaokou. Here you’ll meet party people and students from the neighborhood and dance to K-pop played by local DJs. After all, Wudaokou is known for its high concentration of South Korean students attending university. For a good time, Global Club is where you want to be.
Verse & Wine
Bar, Chinese, $$$
This bar is more of a versatile entertainment hall that serves alcohol. Verse & Wine charges by the hour, similar to an amusement park or a bowling alley. During your paid time, you can sing karaoke, play billiards, test your Mahjong skills, and even play arcade games. The drinks are unlimited, as well.