The Hutong Bars of Beijing
With a mild hipster vibe, Beijing's hutong (alleyway) bars are laid-back watering holes serving up quality drinks. The city's craft brew scene has expanded rapidly in recent years, with Great Leap Brewery leading the charge.

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Best Bar on Nanlougu Xiang

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12SQM lives up to its name, as it is only 12 square meters of bar. It is, however, a great place if you want to drink great bourbon or single malt scotch (they have one of the most extensive bourbon collections in the city)—the atmosphere is cozy and the staff is knowledgeable. They also pour a great Manhattan (40RMB), made with bourbon (the right way), instead of scotch (the wrong and more expensive way) like other bars do. They also offer snacks and Aussie meat pies, and they can order out for Xinjiang (Uighur food, kind of like turkish or Middle Eastern) if you ask nicely.

The clientele is almost exclusively Chinese, although the staff do speak English. The music is American and British pop from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. It is a great place to spend an afternoon, or for a refresher after a shopping trip on Nan Lougu Xiang.

The bar is open from noon to midnight. Beers start at 15RMB and cocktails start at 35RMB.

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