Baijiu is China's national liquor, a fiery, strong spirit (a whopping 40 to 60 percent alcohol). It's wildly popular across China and is the drink of choice at banquets, but baijiu hasn't made inroads outside the Middle Kingdom or even with its growing expat population. Enter Capital Spirits, the world's very first baijiu bar, opened in a hutong by a quintet of foreigners. Dip your toe in the baijiu pool with a tasting flight, four small pours ranging from the lightest, a rice-based baijiu, to one whose fragrance brings to mind nail polish remover. If you’re feeling brave, order a glass of snake-infused baijiu and, if you’re not, a cocktail made with the spirit.