China drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Craft Beer in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Second Draft

Tall windows wrap around a magisterial sweep of wooden bar at this Tai Hang neighbourhood gastropub, the sort of civilised joint where everybody knows everybody. A curated line-up of local beers favours the faultles…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Central District


Consistently voted one of the world's top 50 bars, Quinary is a sleek, moodily lit cocktail bar that attracts a well-dressed crowd. Its gifted mixologists create homemade infusions of spirits and the Asian-inspired …
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


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 Bar in Suzhou


Named after a Patti Smith song, Birdland is one of the first bars in Sūzhōu to offer craft beer on tap. There is an ever-changing selection of 12 well-kept, local brews, including some by Master Gao, one of the lead…
Top Choice Teahouse in Zigong

Wángyé Temple

Housed within the ochre walls of a 100-year-old guild hall of boatmen and merchants, this lively teahouse (officially known as 临江茶楼; Línjiāng Chálóu) is one of the most atmospheric in Sìchuān. Tea costs ¥12 to ¥20.
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

Old Man

If Ernest Hemingway was still alive today, chances are he’d love this tiny no-sign speakeasy named after his novel The Old Man And The Sea, with a neo-cubist portrait of Papa himself looking down approvingly from be…
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 Club in Shenzhen


Quite possibly the best underground club in China, Oil is a compact, sweaty chapel to electronic beats, the darker and more esoteric the better. An adjoining cocktail bar (open nightly) provides the perfect prelude …