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The 10 Best Bars In Beijing, China

The 10 Best Bars In Beijing, China

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Updated: 18 May 2017
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 10 of the best bars in the city.

Capital Spirits Baijiu Bar & Distillery

Capital Spirits is the world’s first bar focusing on baijiu, a Chinese alcoholic beverage made from grain. Hidden in a tiny hutong, it is an award-winning bistro full of Chinese decor, which won several Time Out Beijing awards in 2014, including ‘Best Specialist Spirits Bar’, ‘Best Newcomer Bar (Merit Award)’, and ‘Best Hutong Bar (Editor’s Choice)’.


Capital Spirits, 3 Daju Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6409 3319

Janes and Hooch

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.

Janes and Hooch, 4 Gongti Bei Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6503 2757

Slow Boat Brewery

If you want to enjoy a nice craft beer, Slow Boat Brewery are really famous for their home-brewed beers. Situated in a hutong, Slow Boat Brewery opened in 2011 and brews great beers which contain no preservatives or chemicals. They have brewed over 17 different types of beers which are so popular that they can be found in various hotels around the city.


Slow Boat Brewery, 56 Dongsi Batiao, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6538 5537

Ala House

Ala House is a tiny whiskey bar located in the Central Park. Boasting 1920s decor, they provide a wide selection of whiskey, and you’ll be able to find staples such as Jack Daniels, as well as brands you have never heard of. This great whiskey bar won Time Out Beijing’s ‘Bar & Club Award’ in 2013 and 2014.


Ala House, Unit 102, Building 21, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6533 6661

Great Leap Brewing

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.


Great Leap Brewing, 6 Doujiao Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 5717 1399

Mao Mao Chong

Mao Mao Chong is a pioneer of creative cocktail concoctions in Beijing. One of their signature drinks is called Mala Mule, which provides a Sichuan-style spicy taste. Mao Mao Chong’s creation has won several awards, the most recent of which is City Weekend’s ‘Best Cocktails Award (Readers’ Choice)’ in 2015.


Mao Mao Chong, 12 Banchang Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6405 5718


Founded in 2009, d.Lounge is hidden in Sanlitun. The venue offers a wide variety of alcoholic drinks, with their colorful cocktails being the most popular among young drinkers. With red brick walls and wooden flooring, d.Lounge’s interior is reminiscent of an artistic factory, as it is also decorated with paintings and ornaments, as well as some comfortable leather sofas.


d.Lounge, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6593 7710

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.


Jing A Brewing Co., 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6501 88835

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.


Ace Café 751, Train Square, 751 D-Park, Jiu Xian Qiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +86 10 6405 5718

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.


De Refter, 1/F, Courtyard 4, South Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing, China, +86 10 8523 5909