The best nightlife in Beijing, from craft beer pubs to concert halls

Beijing nightlife
Evenings in Beijing can be filled with imaginative cocktails, accomplished musical performances or dancing until dawn – and much more

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Beijing doesn’t party quite as famously as Shanghai, but the city has no lack of options for evening drinks and entertainment. Whether you’re craving a locally brewed craft beer, a classic cocktail or international DJs and live acts, Beijing has you covered. Most of the after-dark action unfolds in Sanlitun, a leafy district of embassies, retail and restaurants, while the hutong alleyways of Dongcheng district are home to discreet courtyard bars that, depending on the whims of the authorities, tend to thrive for a while and then close.  


Great Leap Brewing

The original and cosiest branch of Beijing’s first craft beer brand. This hutong alleyway pub brews real ale with Chinese characteristics –...

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