If only Writer's Bar in the Raffles Hotel could tell its own story. This venue, known simply as the Beijing Hotel before Raffles relaunched it in 2006, has more than a century of history, and has hosted everyone from Sun Yat-Sen and Mao Zedong to Richard Nixon and Nikita Kruschev. It also has a refurbished wood floor that dates to at least the 1920s (and that has no doubt supported many a wild party).
Close to the Forbidden City and Wangfujing, it can be a fun stop for a beverage, or even afternoon tea, with scones and sandwiches. The food menu also includes egg tarts, hot dogs, and more. Sit back in a comfy chair and soak up the ambiance like, well, some famous writers have, including Guo Mo Ruo, Edgar Snow, and Rabindrath Tagore.