Best Bars in Beijing

Là-Bas Bar

Là-Bas Bar

Gulou ¥100-199 for two
This is a gem of a bar in the quiet Gulou hutong of Jiaodaokou Bei Santiao. With a sound system for the occasional low-key folk or avant-garde gig, it's a boon fo...
Iori

Iori

A delightful hideaway tucked away off the lobby of a nondescript Chinese hotel. Iori stocks a full range of whisk(e)ys, rums and bourbons, many of them rare Japan...
8-bit

8-bit

Gulou Less than ¥99 for two
Beijing's first video game bar has working versions of Nintendo/Super NES and on any night of the week you'll find expats and locals glued to the screens.
Features Dive Hutong 
Jing-A Taproom

Jing-A Taproom

Sanlitun ¥100-199 for two
There’s nothing not to like about the new residence of one of the capital's premier microbreweries.
Check It Out Homebrew Marketplace
Mokihi

Mokihi

Opened inside a sushi restaurant on Lucky Street, this laid-back Japanese bar impresses with stellar cocktails and a strong selection of name alcohols. The aprico...
Mai Bar

Mai Bar

Gulou ¥100-199 for two
This tiny cocktail courtyard bar's creative tipples and large collection of whiskeys makes for a nice place to get cozy with a few friends.
Frank's Place at Trio

Frank's Place at Trio

Lido ¥100-199 for two
Boisterous sports bar decked out in leather and wood with a hunting lodge feel attracts a regular crowd of Lido expats who come for the beer list and pub grub.
Yugong Yishan

Yugong Yishan

Gulou Less than ¥99 for two
One of the premier venues in Beijing for live music, Yugong Yishan has a stellar sound system and awesome roster of international underground acts, not to mention...
Ala House

Ala House

This 1920s-styled whiskey bar is located in Central Park, and offers a cozy space to sip on the extensive range of whiskeys or sample their expertly made classic ...
Mao Mao Chong

Mao Mao Chong

Gulou ¥100-199 for two
This relaxed hutong bar is well known for its creative cocktails and reasonably priced international beers and wines.
The Local Bar & Grill

The Local Bar & Grill

Sanlitun ¥100-199 for two
They've updated their cocktails and changed the food menu, but it's still the same welcoming pub environment as it was before.
12SQM

12SQM

Gulou ¥100-199 for two
This cozy café-bar is only 12sqm, but other than space, it isn't lacking in any amenity or liquor you would find at a larger bar. It even has its own house cockta...
Features Dive Hutong 
Cu Ju

Cu Ju

Dongsishitiao ¥100-199 for two
Dongcheng's first sports bar, Cu Ju has evolved into a hutong dining destination, sports fan's manna and all around neighborhood hangout.
MAO Live House

MAO Live House

Gulou Less than ¥99 for two
No frills with one of the best sound systems and stage set ups in town, it regularly features top local rock and punk bands.
Contempio Temple Bar

Contempio Temple Bar

Gulou ¥100-199 for two
Previously one of Beijing's most stunning private event spaces, this 600-year-old ancient temple courtyard is now open to the public as a chic, modern bar.
Green Cap

Green Cap

The Gaelic craic is in abundance at this Shunyi hangout, where barman Pat Walsh has brought his Emerald Isle hospitality. With kitsch chairs framing a homey log b...
Slow Boat Brewery Taproom

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom

Dongsishitiao ¥100-199 for two
This taproom is the home and headquarters for one of the city's most popular microbrews. With room for up to 20 beers on tap, you're sure to find something you love.
Salud > Nanluoguxiang

Salud > Nanluoguxiang

Gulou ¥100-199 for two
Spacious bar/café with photography lined walls, a collection of knicknacks collected from around the world and a video collection of avant-garde films.
Melo Lounge

Melo Lounge

Lido ¥100-199 for two
A lounge in the classic sense, inside it’s all sumptuous leather banquettes, wood paneling and dim lighting at this beautiful venue.
[CLOSED TEMPORARILY] 2 Kolegas

[CLOSED TEMPORARILY] 2 Kolegas

Sanyuanqiao Less than ¥99 for two
Regular stop on the hip indie rock circuit, this no frills rock club hosts regular shows by local acts. Summers the party spills out onto its ample lawn.
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