The Best Bars In Beijing, China

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom in Beijing
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Katherine Lee

There are a lot of Eastern and Western style bars in Beijing, in which you can enjoy a refreshing after-work drink with your peers. Most of the bars boast trendy decor and interior design, and some are characteristically Chinese, with an ancient courtyard or cozy roof terrace. We take a look at the best bars in the city.
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Janes and Hooch

An interior shot of Janes and Hooch bar at Sanlitun, Beijing

Janes and Hooch is an American-style bistro offering plentiful fabulous cocktails and drinks. Janes and Hooch is a bar full of surprises, as they release a new cocktail menu weekly, so you can try something new every time you visit. With red brick walls, wooden flooring and dull lighting, the decor of Janes and Hooch is nostalgic. You can enjoy your cocktails on the large bar table on the first floor, or indulge in their champagne and whiskey with your peers on the second floor.

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Great Leap Brewing

Customers sitting outside the Great Leap bar in Beijing

Housed in a traditional Chinese courtyard filled with wooden furniture and ancient fine antiques, the American-style bistro, Great Leap Brewing, aims to immerse customers in Chinese tradition. They serve home-brewed beers, which all embody cultural characteristics, for example, featuring tieguanyin tea flavor in their beers, creating an original brew. Besides great beers, they also serve plenty of bar snacks, such as chicken wings, pizzas, and burgers.

Jing A Brewing Co.

Opened by two North Americans, Jing A Brewing Co. brews great beers which are free of additives and preservatives. Their Airpocalypse Double IPA, Full Moon Farmhouse Ale, and Flying Fist IPA are particularly popular. The Flying Fist IPA is made from Citra and Simcoe hops with a blend of pale malts and speciality grains, creating a unique, smooth, and delicious taste.

Ace Café 751

Ace Café is a famous motorcycle, car, and rock n’ roll themed bar based in London, and 751 is their first branch in China. The architectural style of Ace Café 751 is particularly of note, as it is situated in the renovated 751 train station, which is in an industrial icon. The architects made an effort to retain the original industrial feel so as to match the rock n’ roll theme, tying in nicely with the trendy style of the 798 Art District nearby.

De Refter

Housed in a two-story building, De Refter is probably one of the greatest bars in Beijing, and is where you can find plenty of Belgian beers. Their decor is trendy; the grey brick wall, the wooden tables and red wooden chairs look smart and modern, adding to the bar’s cool ambiance.

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