Sichuan drinking and nightlife

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 Teahouse in Chengdu

Kǎi Lú Lǎo Zhái Cháyuán

For 200 years one of the city's most venerable teahouses has been tucked away in a peaceful courtyard behind a stone archway off frenetic Kuan Alley, the distant hum of which is more than countered by the sound of z…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Chengdu

Honey & Malt

Throw back craft beers from China and abroad – a wide selection will have hop heads coming back night after night. Stock runs low at times, but pull up to the bar and check out the high-tech LCD menu to see what's a…
Cafe in Kangding

Himalayan Coffee & Trading Co.

The only spot for actual pour-over coffee (¥25) in all of the Kham, this cafe (food from ¥18) near the big yak sculpture is a veritable oasis for the caffeine-deprived. Wraps, pizzas, house-baked pastries, waffles a…
Teahouse in Chengdu

Hè Míng Teahouse

Always lively, this century-old spot is most pleasant for whiling away an afternoon with a bottomless cup of tea (¥13 to ¥30). Neat tea-pouring performances happen on Saturdays from 2pm to 3pm. Ear cleanings (¥20) a…
Coffee in Chengdu

Let's Grind

In the know locals call this some of the best coffee in Chéngdū, and we're inclined to agree. It certainly has the best selection of brews we've seen in town, and the beans are roasted locally and ground fresh for e…
Coffee in Chengdu

Origins Coffee Company

A range of internationally sourced beans, ground to order for each cup, and a tempting selection of baked goods. This is your favourite coffee shop from home, dropped into the centre of the busy Tóngzǐlín neighborho…
Teahouse in Zigong

Huánhóu Palace

This teahouse (tea ¥5 to ¥8) is located inside an 1868 butchers’ guild hall. Its dramatic stone facade opens up onto a tree-shaded courtyard with an old stone stage framed on all sides by beautiful wooden carvings. …
Teahouse in Zigong

Jade Garden Mansion

Perched atop the Lóngfèng mountain park, this teahouse in a historical-style pagoda is a fantastic place to drink tea (from ¥8) and admire the view over Zìgòng down below. Walk about 15 minutes up the staircase acro…
Craft Beer in Chengdu

Foam Ranger Taproom

Stop in for a decent selection of US, European and Chinese craft brews, including from Chéngdū's Wild West Taproom, and a top-floor terrace removed from the crowds of Tai Koo Li. The generous day-long happy hour (10…