Beijing's best outdoor bars

The city's prime spots to sip a drink in the open air

Make the most of the warmer weather by taking in the views and the fresh air with a drink in hand. Whether you fancy the cost atmosphere of a hutong courtyard or want somewhere to take in the breathtaking views of Beijing from above, there's a bar for you. Here's our pick of the best spots for al fresco drinking in Beijing.


Buona Bocca

Critics' pick

A chic Italian wine bar and aperitivo hangout off the main drag in Sanlitun with a great wine list. You're here for the Prosecco and the negronis. 

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Xingfu Sancun Sixiang Xingdong Lu

Jing A Taproom 1949

The 1949 courtyard beer hall has a strong pull for the young professional crowd, offering cheeky branding, quality brews and a solid events programme. The outdoor courtyard ain't bad, either. Be sure to try the Tuhao Gold Pilsner and the Workers' Pale Ale.

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Courtyard 4 Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Miles Rong Bar

A massive rooftop in a less trafficked corner of Sanlitun slinging cocktails from the notorious bar maestro Mr Ming. Have an Old Fashioned or a Strawberry Cooler.

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4-5 Sanlitun Dongsanjie (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)


Great Leap Brewing Original #6

Critics' pick

The original gangster of Beijing's craft breweries, this location is in a shady, peaceful hutong courtyard. Don't miss the Honey Ma Gold.

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6 Doujiao Hutong (Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng)


Mei bar

The party palace at the Rosewood is the new destination for Beijing’s young and wealthy set.

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Chaoyang beijie, Hujialou (CBD, Chaoyang)



A fancy spot at Lido's NUO Hotel with a massive terrace sporting private bungalows and plenty of pretty people. Knock back the delicious cocktails while taking in the views.

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2A Jiangtai Lu


The extensive bar attached to EAST Beijing hotel has plenty of live music, pizzas and a full games room for private events. Head over for their top-notch selection of all things barrel-aged.

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22 Jiuxianqiao Lu (Liangmaqiao, Chaoyang)

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