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Best Bars in Beijing

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...
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.
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.
[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.
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.
Atmosphere

Atmosphere

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.
Apothecary

Apothecary

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 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.
Cu Ju Moroccan Bistrot and Rummery

Cu Ju Moroccan Bistrot and Rummery

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.
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.
Check It Out Punchline Comedy Club
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.
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.
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...
Yue Fu Jazz Club & Tasting Room

Yue Fu Jazz Club & Tasting Room

Dongzhimen ¥300-399 for two
This is a live music venue, jazz club and wine and spirits tasting room from Beijing F&B professionals Leon Lee (OT Lounge, Apothecary, Janes & Hooch) and Brian W...
Amilal

Amilal

Gulou ¥100-199 for two
Tucked away in a courtyard off Gulou Dong Dajie, this cozy courtyard bar offers a quiet, intimate setting to enjoy the company of friends.
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.
Check It Out Blackwater
Temple

Temple

This live music venue may be small, but it packs a punch with its Tibetan rock and motorcycle-tough decor as well as its addiction to great music.
Twilight

Twilight

CBD/Guomao ¥200-299 for two
The cocktail alchemists behind Apothecary bring masterful cocktails and premium whiskies to the Jianwai SOHO set.
East Shore Live Jazz Café

East Shore Live Jazz Café

Houhai ¥100-199 for two
Easily the most authentic jazz joint in Beijing, its shows Thursday-Sunday nights attract a well-heeled crowd. Great views onto Houhai lake as well.
George's

George's

With black walls and floating starlights, the classic retro décor at George’s is almost as charming as its cocktails. A disco soundtrack, smart service and luscio...
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