Beijing Nightlife Guide

Chill-Out Bars in Beijing

Stone Boat Bar
Stone Boat Cafe, Beijing A truly idyllic locale is the Stone Boat Cafe’s best feature, docked right on the lake in Ritan park.
it would be hard to find a more peaceful place to drink in the city. Prices are fairly reasonable with bottled beer ranging from ¥20 for Tsing Tao up to ¥35 for Erdinger Black. There’s a sizable selection of spirits (¥35-40) but not many options for cocktails. More refined drinkers might wish to sample one of the many wines on the menu instead. The Stone Boat Cafe also serves decent Chinese food for ¥35. Chilled-out lounge music complements the serene setting while crowds overflow into the park when live music acts play here.
Ph. (010) 6501 9986 Open: 10:00-23:00
Address: Inside Ritan Park, south-west side of the lake
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去石舫酒吧,谢谢。地址:日坛公园西南角,湖边。
No Name Bar
No Name Bar, Beijing One of the most quaint and relaxing bars you’ll find on the banks of Houhai, No Name Bar is also one of the originals.
The concrete floor, yellow walls with peeling paint, bamboo roof and resident pets give the venue a charming atmosphere. Not to mention the soothing, open view onto the lake, which altogether conjures up images of south-east Asia. Drinks are reasonably priced at around ¥20 for beer and an average of ¥35 for cocktails. Coffee sells for ¥20 while you can order from the menu of the nearby restaurant of the same name (Yunnan cuisine) and they’ll bring it in for you. No Name Bar is a great place to chill out, day or night.
Ph. (010) 6401 8541 Open: 12:00-2:00
Address: 3 Qianhai Dongyan
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去无名酒吧,谢谢。地址:前海东沿3号(后海)。
Pass By Bar
Pass By Bar, Beijing One of the best bars along Nanluogu Xiang, Pass By Bar has long been a favourite of backpackers and other travelers.
The attractive setting boasts a small courtyard area while the inside is decorated with plants, various knickknacks and several bookcases. There are stacks of travel-related and general fiction books to browse while passing the time. Pass By Bar serves some basic but tasty Chinese food for ¥35 while drinks start from ¥15 for beer while cocktails and spirits average ¥30-35. With various travel-related paraphernalia around the place, Pass By Bar seems intended as a backpacker joint but any type of traveler or expat would do well to resist its charms. Can become quite rowdy at night but is a chilled-out place to relax by day.
Ph. (010) 8403 8004 Web: Open: 9:30-2:00
Address: 108 Nanluogu Xiang
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去过客,谢谢。地址:南锣鼓巷108号。
Lush Bar, Beijing A popular student hang-out in the university district, Lush is enjoyable both as a cafe by day and as a bar by night.
It’s probably not worth the effort for tourists to trek out here though. Menu highlights include tasty bacon and egg breakfasts starting at ¥20 and a quality range of burgers from ¥25-40. Bottled beer is ¥20-25 and spirits and cocktails are about the same price. Hoegaarden draught (¥35) is a drawcard. Lush features a simple, pleasing design – sedate and cozy – but the place is always packed so has a lively atmosphere. The soundtrack at Lush is quite eclectic, featuring hip-hop, experimental electronic and alternative. Hosts live music on Friday nights and a popular open mic session on Sunday nights. A nice place to chill out if you happen to be in the area.
Ph. (010) 8286 3566 Web: Open: 24 Hours
Address: Bldg. 1 Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (2nd Floor) Subway: Wudaokou
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去成府路华清嘉园1号楼2层(五道口城铁站对面),谢谢。