As one of the top five cities in China, Tianjin has a lot to live up to. When it comes to drinking, it certainly doesn’t disappoint. Take your pick from former colonial mansions or high rise hotels. Whether you’re in the mood for an aperitif or you’re out for the night, here are the best watering holes in town.
The Ritz-Carlton is home to a stylish, high-class drinking den. With a long list to choose from, Flair invites the elite to sip on signature classics or try something unusual. The bartenders in this joint go by the name of Cocktail Masters. The connoisseurs are both incredibly friendly and able to speak adequate English. Ask about Flair’s Moulin Rouge and other themed nights.
The Ritz-Carlton, Tianjin. 167 Dagubei Road Tianjin, 300040 +86 22 5857 8888
This cafe is located close to Tianjin University and has a picturesque summer garden. The evergreen themed bar features a glass wall, which catches the light when the sun shines. L-lounge is decorated inside-out with plants and shrubbery. Also known for its Western-inspired desserts, try pairing a sweet cocktail with a pastry.
Diantai Rd, Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, +86 4006090706
A favorite among expats for dancing, Q Bar at The Westin Tianjin has established a following for its themed nights. With Havana Salsa and Belly Dancing on the agenda, the atmosphere here is never stiff. Q Bar isn’t necessarily the best place for wine aficionados, but perfect for sociable night owls who want to take advantage of the two complimentary glasses of wine, inclusive of the 100 RMB entry price. Apple Martinis are drunk in abundance.
No.101 Nanjing Road, Heping District | 2/F, The Westin Tianjin, Tianjin +86 22 2389 0171
Le Procope Lounge
This retro speakeasy echoes those in Paris. Le Procope Lounge is one of the few single malt whiskey bars in Tianjin. The interiors are pared back, with exposed brick walls, ladders for high shelves and dim, ambient lighting. This stylish bar is a chic place to enjoy a bourbon on the rocks, but if you’re not a whiskey drinker, there’s also a selection of beer, wine and cocktails.
Heping, Shandong Rd, 山东路交口 邮政编码: 300041 +86 22 2711 9858
Tianjin Single Malt Club
The place for devoted whiskey enthusiasts is The Tianjin Single Malt Club. Though membership is free, you contribute to the club by introducing your own bottle to their Whiskey Library. In return, you receive delicious whiskeys at members’ prices. This is an invitation-only establishment, but the club is open to whiskey lovers of all nationalities and ages. The owner Sylvia is very welcoming, encouraging everyone inside to make new friends.
94 Nanjing Rd, 和平区 Heping Qu, Tianjin Shi, China +86 138 2059 7784
Authentic Mexican hangouts are somewhat of a rarity in China, Mosaic not only offers typical beer, wine, cocktails but also mouth-watering food from Mexico. Conveniently located near Wu Jia Yao subway station, 2 minutes walk out of A2 exit, this place is easy to find and a great place to spend a Friday night with friends.
Qi Xiang Tai Road, Heping District, 和平区气象台路49/53底商小院
Bourbon comes highly recommended here, although it’s not the only reason to pay a visit to Oscar House. Made-to-order drinks are guaranteed to please. Attention to detail is notable, with excellent customer service to match. Pop in for handcrafted cocktails and the exclusive atmosphere, reminiscent of a country club. This joint is well known by most taxi drivers and located in the middle of downtown Tianjin.
No.6 Hunan Road, Tianjin, China +86 22 2339 2757
Tianjin Single Malt Club
Bar, Contemporary, $$$
We are a Social Club that encourages the consumption and enjoyment of Single Malt Whisky.
Single Malt Whisky is the world’s premiere alcoholic beverage. Made from malted barley, water and yeast, its simple ingredients give rise to an huge array of tastes, smells and colors.
As a club we want to bring together like minded-people of all ages and nationalities, to make new friends, to have a good time, and help each other out. We are a social club that uses our mutual of love of Whisky to help break the ice.
Of course you also get to drink some amazing Whisky at attractive club prices.