No matter if you are a party animal or an amateur wine taster, you won’t be bored of Chaoyang District as the most robust district of Beijing. Home to bar region Sanlitun, financial center Guomao, and Beijing’s most artistic area, Jiuxianqiao, Chaoyang is home to the city’s very best bars and pubs.
Bistro, Gastropub, Bar, Cocktail Bar, Chinese, $$$
The glowing stairs at the doorstep of Rong Bar leads you to a secluded space that will make you feel especially good after just walking through the wild and buzzy world of Sanlitun’s night. While there’s a minimum consumption of 2,000 yuan (US$300) at the booths, the seats at the bar always remain a budget option. You can try a variety of novel cocktails invented by the bar, like Spring, a matcha milk-flavored cocktail, or Jelly Cocktail that is in the form of pink jelly.
Wine Bar, Bar, Restaurant, Gastropub, French, $$$
If you are a wine lover, then Lady Penguin is your top choice in town. Its owner, Lady Penguin, is a graduate from the wine school at Le Cordon Bleu, and opened this restaurant and bar in an aim to promote the professional wine culture. Here Level 3 and Level 2 wine tasters are at your service, and what’s more, the wine costs the same as the price set by the Chinese Internet stores, with only 15 percent service fee added.
Bar, Pub, Cocktail Bar, Japanese, Chinese, $$$
No one who’s into Chinese tea should miss this bar, which features cocktails made from tea and spirits. Want to know how the Longjing tea goes with Gin and Japanese sake, or how Pu’er tea goes with rum? Long Jing is going to help you find out.
Bistro, Pub, American, Chinese, $$$
The bistro pub that boasts a huge fridge of different kinds of beers is indeed heaven for craft beer fans. Here you can try selected beers from all over the world at a fair price (it’s a supermarket after all). Traditional snacks to go with beers in both Chinese and American drinking culture, like Chuan’er (skewers), young soya beans, chicken nuggets and fries, are provided.
Bar, Japanese, $$$
Beijing can be a quite frustrating place for baseball fans – despite the fact that the city has Beijing Tigers, one of the four top baseball teams in China (other than Tianjin, Shanghai, and Jiangsu), baseball has received little attention from sports fans compared with soccer and basketball. But thanks to Maysclub, baseball enthusiasts can now have a drink while practicing their batting skills – or the other way round.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, British, $$$
Just as the name states, it’s not the wine but the atmosphere you drink at the bar, located on the 80th floor of the Shangri-La China World Summit Wing with an uninterrupted view of the city through its French doors. The bar has high tea in the afternoon and alcohol at night to choose from.
Bistro, Bar, American, $$$
The bar has a name that you can hardly refuse – don’t think of drinking down your sorrows with alcohol, because the moment you step into the bar your sorrows are already forgotten. With appropriately dim and warm lighting, a wide choice of cocktails and beers, and the chill-out background music, the bar near the 798 Art District is certainly a good place for anyone who seeks relief.
Pub, Bar, Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
Located in the heart of Sanlitun, a sub-district of Chaoyang, is the always warm and welcoming Jing-A Taproom
. Jing-A Taproom’s beer spectrum is large
, ranging from very light pale ales, to very dark stouts, all locally brewed. We recommend the Worker’s Pale Ale, which has notes of grapefruit and pine. Jing-A Taproom is a good all-rounder, with a never-ending list of beer, delicious pub grub, and awesome atmosphere.
Julianna Tetreault also contributed to this piece.