The Best Cocktails in Beijing
Collected by Matthew Durnin
Classy drinks in posh settings—hotel bars, writer's bars, speakeasies—are a Beijing specialty.
1 Jianguomen Outer St, GuoMao, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100004
Few venues give as unique a view of Beijing as does Atmosphere Bar, set atop China World Summit Wing, the city's tallest building. On a clear day, you can see landmarks such as Tiananmen Square, the Bird's Nest stadium from the 2008 Olympics, and...
33 E Chang'an Ave, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100006
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...
36 E 3rd Ring Rd N, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Why go to a Japanese bar during a visit to Beijing? Because this one is, to the best of my knowledge, the veteran speakeasy in a city where the concept has taken root over the past few years. Plus, getting there is an adventure in itself that...
1 E Chang'an Ave, DongDan, Dongcheng Qu, China, 100006
Dining at Made in China at the Grand Hyatt is expensive, but the staff creates an excellent experience. Open kitchens allow you to catch a glimpse of the Peking ducks roasting in ovens over fruitwood-fueled fires. I always order the dumplings. —...
22 Jiuxianqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
Located on the first floor of EAST hotel in the Lido neighborhood, Xian is a popular watering hole with a nonetheless intimate setting. Private nooks, an expansive patio, and a game room provide an atmosphere more like a luxurious private home...
Gong Ti Bei Li （ Dong 1 Men ）, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
The Sanlitun area has a reputation for being a magnet for the young party crowd. Janes and Hooch, though by no means stuffy, is a more a more stylish and mature alternative to most other watering holes in the neighborhood. Its owners label it an...
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