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Want to learn how to make tasty dumplings? Or hand-pulled noodles? Or the cuisine of Hunan, Yunnan and Sichuan? The Hutong is a cozy retreat where you can gather with a small group and—all tools provided—learn how to make a dish or two. The Hutong...
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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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66 S Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Things can get sloppy at Salud. This French-managed spot epitomizes "renao" -- roughly meaning 'hot and noisy' or 'lively'. Old friends gather for drinks and make new friends with those at the next table. Catchy tunes, and sometimes live acts,...
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Creating a winning bar, restaurant, or rooftop lounge is tough enough, but doing all three in one venue? Spanish operation Migas achieved this rare feat with a two-floor venue in Sanlitun. The rooftop is often the hottest ticket in town on summer...
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China, Beijing Shi, Dongcheng Qu, Xinzhong St, 新中街乙12号 邮政编码: 100001
After decades of rule by innocuous lagers, a small revolution is brewing in Beijing's beer scene, with a handful of small-scale brew operations popping up over the past few years. Great Leap is among them and brings together foreign beer makers...
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Banchang Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Cafes, 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...
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Modernista started out as one of the few places in Beijing to offer absinthe—and the Old World atmosphere of this bar is the perfect setting for arty bohemians and European expats alike (we highly suspect the two overlap). But this (mostly) classy...
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Perhaps Jing-A stood upon the shoulders of giants. But we still think it's head and shoulders above competitors. The earthy wood and brick interiors are achingly cool (as is, sadly, the crowd), but we have absolutely no quibble with the product....
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Think you can’t drink baijiu? We didn’t either until we visited Capital Spirits. Try the national liquor in a flight, served in traditional glasses. If you still can’t stomach the fiery taste of baijiu, Capital Spirits also...
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28 Xiguan Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
This tiny sports bar is a neighborhood institution. Helmed by the exceedingly friendly Badr, an expert on the local music scene (and practically everything else in Beijing), Cuju offers rum cocktails and authentic Moroccan food to go along with...
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Yingfeng N Rd, Fangshan Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 102400
Stuck in Sanlitun—and sick of the stuck-up vibe? Find a laid-back crowd here at The Local. It (intentionally) resembles your local pub at home, and attracts a crowd of homesick locals and gregarious Chinese. While pub grub and craft beers are the...
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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...
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Admittedly, we’ve never spotted all that many local Chinese here, as it seems to be the bar of choice for hutong-dwelling expats. Don’t let that put you off. The barman Phil knows how to make a fruity drink that packs a punch. Tell him...
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206 Gulou E St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
This unpretentious bar and music venue attracts a fun crowd of edgy locals and youthful expats. Drinks are cheap and the sound system is good—and the energy of partygoers remains high long after everything else has shut down for the night. The...
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This speakeasy was brought to Beijing by the same team behind Capital Spirits. The latter does Chinese-style liquors, while Distillery specializes in Western spirits. The house spirits (made in the giant copper contraption on the first floor)...
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Nan San Li Tun Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Tea lounge by day, slick cocktail bar by night, Longjing infuses their drinks with China's traditional brew. Appropriately, when the clock strikes five, the paneling above the door swings around to reveal a full stock of alcohol to mix with tea....
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Taipingzhuang Nanli, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001
Bottle, Boot, and Cigar (BBC) might possibly be the only place where you can get a hot shave with your cold drink. Appealing to a clientele who want cocktails as sharp as their suits, BBC squeezes an eclectic collection of booze into their tiny...
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13 N Luogu Alley, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
The perfect hangout for the ba-ling-hou (post 80s) generation, 8-Bit is a video game bar spread out over several floors. The menu includes solid drinks with names only gamers could understand, as well as a working collection of retro consoles and...
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The flashy interior of this Colombian-style bar is like something hatched out of a Baz Luhrmann fever dream. A giant portrait of Jesus, framed by Hollywood-style bulbs, beams down upon patrons; Chairman Mao and Xi Jinping look benevolently over...
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Chaoyang Park Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100096
This Japanese-style whiskey bar brings a dose of sophistication to an otherwise bland street of izakayas and yakitori joints. Wooden shutters give the dimly-lit bar a sense of privacy, while the bartenders are friendly, but never intrusive. Mokihi...
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Jiaodaokou E St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
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...
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Need one more drink—and everywhere else is closed? Café de la Poste has you covered. By day, it serves up hearty French cuisine in a cozy environment. By night? It has sort of a seedy reputation, with few admitting that they actually drink here....