Beijing drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Brewery in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Great Leap Brewing #6

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 Beihai Park & Xicheng 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 & Dongcheng 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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Great Leap Brewing #45

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 & Dongcheng 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 & Dongcheng 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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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 Sanlitun & Chaoyang

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…
Craft Beer in Sanlitun & Chaoyang

Great Leap Brewing Lido

The outermost branch of Běijīng's original craft brewpub is a stylish affair enclosing a giant oval bar with 30 taps pouring both Great Leap beers and international guest brews, along with its excellent range of bur…