Drinking & Nightlife

  • Lantern The best DJs in town and an authentic, sweaty underground vibe.
  • Janes + Hooch Wildly popular with both locals and Westerners.
  • Jing A Brewing Home base of Běijīng's finest brewers.

Craft Beers


  • Await Cafe Heavenly coffee and cakes in a superb space.
  • Alley Coffee Courtyard cafe that's ideal for a Forbidden City coffee break.
  • Bridge Café A 24-hour hang-out with decent drinks and food, and friendly staff.
  • Voyage Coffee Trendy roaster in the heart of hútòng-land.
  • Oasis Cafe One of the city's top spots for coffee and traditional Bēijīng food.

Hútòng Bars

  • El Nido Brilliant in the summer, when you can drink outside.
  • Ball House One of the most unique drinking spaces in Bēijīng.
  • Great Leap Brewing Craft beers in a courtyard setting.

Cocktail Bars

  • Tiki Bungalow Polynesian-style bar with vintage cocktail recipes.
  • Parlor A 1920s Shànghǎi speakeasy-style bar, deliberately tucked away.
  • Revolution Mao-themed cubbyhole of a bar with knowledgeable bartenders.
  • Janes & Hooch Hip hang-out for cashed-up locals and expats.


  • Spark True hot spot and rammed at the weekend.
  • Lantern Genuine underground club vibe and top DJs.
  • Destination Běijīng's only real gay club.
  • Mix Mainstream hip-hop for a younger crowd.
  • Chocolate Gloriously over-the-top Russian-style nightclub that gets going after midnight.

Neighbourhood Bars

  • Tree Great range of foreign brews and excellent pizzas too.
  • Paddy O’Shea’s The best spot to catch live sport in the capital.
  • Anchor Pint-sized, traditional English pub.
  • The Local The name says it all: craft beers, great food and live sport.