When both hunger and the wee hours of the morning have arrived, Beijing
has options that range from kungpao chicken to spicy hotpot to Tex-Mex pizzas. You can get your fill at the following places.
Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
Known for late hours, efficient service and tasty food, Bellagio has been a go-to for years. Reliable favorites include steamed tofu, kungpao chicken, beef noodles, popcorn chicken and, for those with a sweet tooth, shaved ice topped with fruit. Bellagio also has vegetarian options.
In response to its popularity, Haidilao treats those waiting in line to snacks, manicures and more. The focus at these 24-hour restaurants is Sichuan-style hotpot, with patrons dipping a wide variety of foods –from shaved beef to tofu slabs to mushrooms, cabbage and other vegetables – into bubbling broth and then a DIY sauce with dozens of options, including peanut and soya sauces, sesame and chili oils, and scallions. One of the best places to wind down after a long night on the town.
Yet another 24-hour venue, Pingwa Sanbao is known for barbecue, whether it be mutton, pork, seafood, tofu or vegetables. Point out some uncooked kebabs and they’ll be delivered to your table piping hot. The sausages wrapped in bacon are worth a try. The beef noodle soup and rou jia mo a.k.a. Chinese hamburgers are tasty and there are lots of side dishes like shredded tofu and salads. The Baijiazhuang branch is popular with the food and beverage trade: you will often find bartenders and chefs enjoying themselves after work.
Bar, Diner, American, $$$
You’ve had too much to drink but can’t go home without some food – and one last bottle of Champagne. Queenie’s not only has Moet Chandon at very low prices but also provides pub grub such as submarine-style sandwiches, chicken nuggets and curry rice. For those who prefer something other than bubbly, there are several dozen beer options.
Restaurant, Chinese, Dim Sum, $$$
This massive multi-floor venue serves bite-sized pleasures around the clock. It’s a popular place after spending a night at the bars or the nearby KTV. And it’s not all dim sum: you can find plenty of other Cantonese foods as well as snacks from around the country.
For two decades, Afunti was known as much for clients doing post-dinner dancing on the tables as for the delicious Xinjiang food that preceded it. After moving to Workers Stadium, it shed the dancers while keeping the tasty eats and adding its own craft beer. While it closes a bit earlier than the other options, if you want everything from mutton-stuffed dumplings to delicious kebabs, you won’t go hungry.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Mexican, $$$
This bar and restaurant is nicely set in the Sanlitun nightlife district and keeps its kitchen open until 2:30 AM, meaning both late-night eats and drinks. Grab one of the massive burritos, the enchiladas or some pizzas. The “nachos pizza” might sound a bit strange but is incredibly delicious.