Beijing Nightlife Guide

Bars in Beijing

The Saddle Cantina
The Saddle Cantina, Beijing The Saddle Cantina is housed in a great building, with a breezy interior and a lovely roof-top terrace that is perfect for the summer months.
This Tex-Mex restaurant and bar has draught home brew beer for ¥35, Stella and Hoegaarden are on tap for ¥40 and ¥70 respectively (per 500mL) and alcohol-heavy margaritas are ¥55. The Mexican menu has meals averaging ¥55 and portions are massive, though the actual taste is lacking. Service is very ordinary – staff seem to prefer walking around saying “fuck your mother, fuck your father” to themselves while giggling, rather than taking orders. The Saddle Cantina was opened by one of the people behind the Rickshaw, which was perhaps Beijing’s most popular bar in days gone by. Worth checking out for the terrace.
Ph. (010) 5208 6005 Web: www.beijingsaddle.com Open: 11:30-2:00
Address: 81 Sanlitun Bei Lu Subway: Tuanjiehu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去三里屯北路81号北京那里花园内西侧二层小楼,谢谢。
The Den
The Den, Beijing The Den is a long-time expat hangout which is quite a nice bar during the early evening, serving quality bar food at reasonable prices.
Steaks are a bargain at ¥50-60 while the other Chinese and Western food is equally tasty and mainly costs around ¥40. Snacks including chicken wings, lamb skewers and spring rolls fall in the ¥20-30 range. Beers, including Carlsberg draught are priced between ¥20 and ¥30 with half-price happy hour lasting from 5pm-10pm. But the end of happy hour marks a good time to leave. Stay later and you will likely be plagued by some of the most hideous whores to grace the bars of Beijing. The Den is also a decent place to watch sports with three large plasma screen televisions.
Address: 4 Gongti Dong Lu Subway: Tuanjiehu Ph. (010) 6592 6290 Open: 24 Hours
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去敦煌,谢谢。地址:工体东路4号城市宾馆正门旁边。
Hooters
Hooters, Beijing Hooters arrived in Beijing amid much fanfare in late 2007: there was a ridiculous level of anticipation before its opening.
And there was lots of discussion about whether Chinese girls would be able to do justice to the restaurant’s name. Then it opened, and it was exactly what should have been expected: a slightly above average bar with slightly above average food and the gimmick of waitresses wearing revealing clothes and being extra friendly. Prices at Hooters are a little high by Beijing standards: beer is from ¥30 and main courses average around ¥90. Sports broadcasts (from Chinese TV) are shown around the joint and waitresses occasionally dance on stools.
Ph. (010) 6585 8787 Web: www.hooterschina.com Open: 11:00-1:00
Address: Corner of Gongti Bei Lu and Gonti Dong Lu, China View Building, Room 201 Subway: Tuanjiehu
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去美国猫头鹰餐厅,谢谢。地址:工体东路和工体北路交接口, 中国红街1号201室。
Solidaz
Solidaz Bar, Beijing Formerly known as the Pavillion, Solidaz is a classy bar and restaurant that draws big crowds for sporting events.
The Pavilion is more expensive than other bars in town with draught Carlsberg at ¥35, although Tsing Tao on tap provides a cheaper option. The food is okay, especially the pizzas (around ¥70), although their lasagna (¥40) but they’re definitely not the best value meals around. But for the extra money you are able to drink in a tasteful, chic atmosphere, replete with leather couches and solid tables. But the best feature of Solidaz is a massive, tranquil beer garden which is converted into a bleachers area during major sporting events. Inside there are multiple plasma TVs for viewing sports. Live music from New Zealand band Solidaz every night.
Address: Gongti Xi Lu Subway: Dongsishitiao Ph. (010) 6507 2617
Directions: Solidaz Bar is directly opposite the west gate of the Workers Stadium.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去工体西路(工人体育馆西门对面),谢谢。
Bed Bar
Bed Bar, Beijing Bed was a pioneer of Beijing’s hutong bars, which have since proliferated throughout Beijing’s alleyways.
Tucked away in a hutong in the Gulou area, Bed Bar’s decor is its best feature. Bare concrete floors and whitewashed, sparsely decorated walls combined with simple bed-like seats gives the bar something that is all too lacking in the Beijing nightlife scene – originality. Prices are just slightly above average with bottled beer from ¥20-30 while cocktails and spirits are ¥30-45. The only drawback is that the nauseating variety of pop music often makes its way onto the soundtrack. Nevertheless Bed is an agreeable place to have some drinks with friends.
Ph. (010) 8400 1554 Open: 12:00-late
Address: 17 Zhangwang Hutong (east off Jiugulou Dajie) Subway: Gulou
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去床吧,谢谢。地址:旧鼓楼大街张旺胡同17号(鼓楼桥南300米)。
Salud
Salud Bar, Beijing The most popular and reliable bar on Nanluogu Xiang, Salud is a Spanish-style bar and tapas restaurant renowned for its rum.
Salud is decked out entirely in wood and is abnormally large and spacious for a bar in this part of town. Run by a couple of Spanish guys, this two-level tavern boasts a vibrant salsa soundtrack and a superior selection of spirits (average ¥30). Beer averages ¥20 while the fine range of cocktails cost around ¥30. The hard bleachers are unquestionably uncomfortable and there’s a chance of banging your head on the beams supporting the second floor. But hazards aside, Salud is a lively and enjoyable place to drink and snack.
Address: 66 Nanluogu Xiang Ph. (010) 6402 5086 Open: 15:00-late
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去老伍酒吧,谢谢。地址:南锣鼓巷66号。