When the night comes and most of the scenic sites have been closed, the different kinds of bars are just about to show you the other side of Beijing. Wild and vibrant, sentimental and private, carzy and cheerful, a whole lot of bars are scattered around Beijing and you can even go to the famous bar streets in Shichahai and Sanlitun to exploring the sober hightlights of Beijing at night!
Since 2 decades ago, the entertainment in Beijing is beyond food, shows, and nigtscape, and people can also hang out at various bars in Beijing. To avoid wasting your time at a boring site, the following is the top recommended featured bars in Beijing, including the featured hutong bar that you can only find in Beijing, and microbreweries pub, sports bar, and Jazz bar, Irish pub, etc.
Located in a Hutong area, the Tiki Bungalow is one of the iconic brands in Beijing. Here, it is a intimate bar with variety of strong craft cocktails to choose. The whole bar is in a fun tropical decoration. This place is completely genuine and welcoming to regulars and new visitors, an ideal place to come in any manner of ways--solo, in a group, business groups, or even bring a date due to its very inclusive atmosphere. The music mixes they play there are unbelievable, but it will not open until 7pm.
• Location: No. 3 A 37 north of Dongcheng intersection, Beijing 北京市东城区交道口北三条甲37号
Located in the quiet Xinyuan neighborhood between two of Beijing's embassy areas, Great Leap Brewing #45 follows the success of Great Leap's Flagship Brewpub #12, known fondly for its classic New York-style pizzas, pies and the best burgers in town. The brewery's three 2,500 liter fermentation tanks are on site to produce the three best-selling beers: the Honey Ma Gold, Pale Ale and Banana Wheat.
• Location: No. 45-1 Xinyuan Street, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京市朝阳区新源街45-1号
Located in the heart of the city, Paddy O'Shea's is an Irish styled bar where you can watch sports games with other people. It shows about every sports event on the calendar at all hours of the day, with commentary. It might be the first genuine Irish pub in Beijing. There will be a Free quiz night on every Wednesday from 8pm, with well-sponsored prizes.
• Location: 28-5 Dongzhimen outer Street, Beijing 北京市东直门外大街28-5号
Blue Note is the first China branch of the famous New York jazz club, which has hosted many world-class musicians, including Grammy-winning Chick Corea and Kamasi Washington, a Kendrick Lamar collaborator. It brings sweet melodic blues, performances by international touring acts, as well as quirky beats from all over the world.
• Location: 23 Qianmen East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 北京市东城区前门东大街23号
Mei Bar is a part of Rosewood hotel, where you can enjoy the fancy cocktails and house made infused drinks with an amazing twist and dancing for the whole night. It opens from 7pm to 2 am from Sunday to Wednesday and lasts one more hours until 3pm from Thursday to Saturday. You can enjoy the nightscape of Beijing, seeing the stunning CCTV towers from the outdoor elevator and lounge with live music, elegant furnishings. Every Thursday, there will be a Lady’s night, and every lady can enjoy free champagne and cocktails for free from 9 to 11pm.
• Location: Jing Guang Centre, Hujialou, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京市朝阳区呼家楼京广中心
In the basement of Sanlitun, Soho, you will find Red Dog easily for its loud music and other stores have closed and been quiet all around. The DJ there plays incredible music, like classic disco dance songs in the 1980s, and the staff there are very friendly and thoughtful and they can speak fluent English and the decor looks happy and uplifting. You have left behind your stressful trips and disappointing outings and just enjoy the drinks, food and music.
• Location: Floor 8-1, North Road, Workers'Stadium, Chaoyang District, Beijing北京市朝阳区工人体育场北路8号-1层
Located in the northeast area of Drum and Bell towers, hidden in a hutong area, Mai is a great cocktail bar where is well kept, clean,never too loud, not too cramped with both indoor and outdoor seating and you can always have a good spot to chat. The atmosphere is very laid back with some great chilled out music. The drinks are fantastic and reasonably priced. You can sit down and watch bartenders meticulously making the drink. You are recommended to try the Islay Sour, a kind of whisky based cocktail. Most of the drink is around CNY 50.
• Location: No. 40 Beilonggu Lane, Dongcheng District, Beijing北京市东城区北锣鼓巷40号