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One of those big tourist-oriented bars on the shores of Houhai. Overpriced, but can be nice place to bring out of towners for a seat by the placid waters of Houhai.

Best Bars in Beijing

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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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...


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.

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.
Check It Out Quiz Night


Sanlitun ¥200-299 for two
This high-end bar serves some of the best cocktails in town, paired with seasonal food items from the kitchen and impeccably turned-out service.

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.
Check It Out Rose Valentine's Day

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

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.


CBD/Guomao ¥300-399 for two
Sophisticated but not staid, this 80th floor club affords a view all the way from Tian’anmen to the mountains encircling Beijing.

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.