Běijīng drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Great Leap Brewing

Běijīng's original microbrewery, this refreshingly simple courtyard bar, set up by American beer-enthusiast Carl Setzer, is housed in a hard-to-find, but beautifully renovated, 100-year-old Qing-dynasty courtyard an…
Top Choice Bar in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

NBeer Pub

In a scene dominated by North American expats, NBeer is an all-Chinese affair that produces some of Běijīng's best beers. It has a massive 37 ales on tap behind a bar made from Lonely Planet guidebooks! The majority…
Top Choice Bar in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Modernista

Making full use of its space, bohemian Modernista is a mix of glamorous bar, eatery and live arts venue. Set up by a Barcelona expat, its front area is done up like an old-school Spanish tapas bar with polished wood…
Top Choice Brewery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Jing-A Brewpub

The apotheosis of Běijīng's craft beer craze, Jing-A's flagship is meticulously on-trend, unashamedly American (with Běijīng characteristics like China-inspired brews and cocktail recipes from local bartenders) and …
Top Choice Microbrewery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Great Leap Brewing

A little way north of the Sānlǐtún action, this branch of Běijīng's pioneer brewer Great Leap offers the full range of beers on tap (including some brewed onsite). The excellent New York–style pizza (¥20 per slice, …
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Tiki Bungalow

From the fake palms and Exotica soundtrack to the carved totem poles and Polynesian knick-knacks, this is your quintessential tiki bar down to the finest detail. Now across the alley from its original location, the …
Top Choice Club in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Dada

Since this zeitgeisty Shànghǎi club touched down in Běijīng in 2012, it's evolved into the capital's most credible spot for serious electronic-music fans, while remaining unpretentious and dive-y enough for the casu…
Cocktail Bar in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Parlor

Discretely positioned away from Sānlǐtún's main strip, Parlor aims to re-create the atmosphere of an old-school Shànghǎi speakeasy. Here you'll get bartenders in bow ties mixing originals and classics, a solid woode…
Microbrewery in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Arrow Factory Brewing

The flagship Arrow Factory taphouse is in a leafy residential riverside street with around 15 beers on tap. All are brewed on-site with a stellar selection of core and seasonal IPAs and pale ales being the stand-out…
Microbrewery in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Panda Brew

Another reason to celebrate Běijīng's craft-beer scene, Panda Brew is a local microbrewery that produces a dozen beers on-site. Its equipment is on display in a cool industrial warehouse-like space, with couches dow…