The Beer Nest specializes in craft and imported beers, including a rare craft brew from Beijing. Excellent snacks and casual dining are also on offer here, with burgers, Belgian-style fries, an ale and beef stew, and even a small children’s menu. Groups can request special items like whole roasted chicken and mussels before visiting. There are also promotions almost every night, like the moules frites and white wine set on Wednesdays, or Belgian Saturdays where Belgian beers are on tap for reduced prices.
For a more sophisticated evening, head to Mooney’s Bar, which is part of the Shangri-la Hotel Chengdu. A live band plays every night, and Thursday is one of Chengdu’s most popular ladies’ nights. There is also a barbecue buffet, and themed parties fortnightly. Take note that Mooney’s has a smoking section, which results in quite a bit of smoke throughout the entire bar.
Mooney’s Bar, Shangri-la Hotel Chengdu, 9 Binjiang Dong Road, Chengdu, China, +86 28 8888 9999 ext. 6896
Machu Picchu started out as a small, cosy venue in the Yulin neighborhood, where patrons enjoyed Czech Budweiser (far superior to the American version) and the friendly company of owners Hise and Zhoufei surrounded by framed prints and posters of South American landmarks. The bar has now expanded into a second building, in the same area, that hosts live music, a foosball table, and large board game selection.
Machu Picchu, 1 Yulin Beijie/14 Fang Hua Hen Jie, Chengdu, China, +86 28 8513 2903