Mao Mao Chong
Jiaodaokou South Street
Photo courtesy of Mao Mao Chong
The Best Place to Start a Pub CrawlCafes, restaurants, and bars proliferate in the secluded hutong alleyways of Beijing. One of the best is Mao Mao Chong, a name that refers to "caterpillar"—and makes this seem an ideal spot to include on a pub crawl. Started by a Chinese and Australian couple, this narrow venue is decorated with their art—from screen prints to a deconstructed box spring mattress—beneath a sloped roof with exposed wood beams. Mao Mao Chong makes some of the better drinks in town, and uses local ingredients in the mix. The popular Mala Mule, a riff of the Moscow Mule, includes Sichuan peppercorn- and chili-infused vodka, while the Bloody Mao is a Chinese twist on the Bloody Mary. You can pair it with some tasty, thin-crust pizzas, and either stay for more cocktails or saunter over to nearby bars like 12SQM and Pass By Bar.