As wine is not as popular as beer and Baijiu in China, it sometimes can be quite a pain to find a good place for wine in Beijing. But don’t worry, we are going to make it easier for you by listing the best restaurants and shops that sell good wine in Beijing – including two Taobao online wine shops.
Cheers is a chain store that specializes in wines in Beijing. The store in Sanlitun is a major one, where you can find all kinds of affordable wines, bubblies and beers. The assistants at Cheers are all well trained and are ready to give you professional advice on demand. It’s open 12 hours a day from 10 am to 10 pm.
The wine bar at Sanlitun is a place that wine lovers would regret to miss. The dishes here are all carefully paired with different kinds of wines by the shop’s owner, a wine professional who graduated from the wine school at Le Cordon Bleu. What will make your experience even fancier is that the price is fair, with only 15% service fee added to the wines’ original prices, (the same percentage as those sold on wine-searcher.com). Lady Penguin is open from 6 pm to 1 am.
12 Xindong Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing +8610 57122131
East Wine Cellar
Sipping wine at the East Wine Cellar, located in east Beijing, you’ll feel as if you were in a European villa. The cellar is one of the biggest and most professional wine cellars in Beijing. It has four VIP rooms where you can enjoy the wine alongside exquisitely prepared dishes. Make sure to stop by the East Wine Cellar between 10 am and 11 pm.
1071 Huihe Nanjie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, +8610 67399999
Mali’s Wine Cellar
Located on the 17th floor of an apartment building, Mali’s Wine Cellar feels like being in a friend’s home where you can drink, talk, rest and overlook the city’s view from the windows. The shop’s owner is very knowledgeable in wine and very hospitable. You wont be at a loss for what to order. Mali’s Wine Cellar is only open for five hours between 5 pm and 10 pm.
Mihu’s Wine House
Mihu’s Wine House may not look as fancy as the other wine cellars in Beijing, but its collection of wines and spirits is enough to make you want to stay. Its cozy atmosphere is reminiscent of Japan’s izakayas (pubs), which is ideal for customers who enjoy privacy. It also has a popular Taobao online shop.
Dragon Seal Wine Museum
Dragon Seal is one of China’s oldest wine brands. Its museum was Beijing’s first wine museum. Here you may tour Dragon Seal’s underground wine cellar, learn the craft of wine making and buy Dragon Seal wines and drinking sets. This place also has a restaurant that requires reservations. Stop by between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm.
2 Yuquan Road, Haidian District, Beijing +8610 88635435
Vinuz Gallery is a Guangdong-based online shop that has a comprehensive collection of wines from world-famous grand chateaus, as well as less popular, but highly regarded wineries. The shop has a credibility score of two crowns, which speaks to its reliability in the Taobao world. The wines in the shop are arranged by country, and are all marked in their original names, so you can easily click and buy even if you can’t read much Chinese.