Al Fresco Drinking Deep in the Hutongs
This laid-back bar boasts one of the best outdoor patios in Beijing. It's almost cliché at this point, but the cocktails do incorporate interesting local ingredients. Their Journey West mixes rum with dates and Xinjiang raisins; other concoctions use tangy cumin and local yogurt. If you get hungry, order a cheese and charcuterie plate from the restaurant next door. Then, kick back with your challenging, but worthy drink on a wooden bench and listen to the breeze ripple through the surrounding bamboo.
By Lisa Gay