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Beijing's New Nightlife Scene

China’s capital is one of the Far East’s most exciting nocturnal playgrounds

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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 31.4 miles
Duration: Half day

Overview :  Even a few years after the Olympics, Beijing continues to evolve at full tilt, with exciting new lounges, restaurants and hotels... more »

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Points of Interest

The heart of expat nightlife is the centrally located Sanlitun Village, where newcomer Apothecary (drinks for two, $22) is shaking up local cocktail culture with creative concoctions and house-made mixers. Try the "secret Earl Grey," Beefeater gin finished off with pomelo-lavender bitters.
81 Sanlitun Bei Rd.
Nali Patio, 3rd floor, D302
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2. D. Lounge

A five-minute stroll south will lead you to D. Lounge (drinks for two $50), a brick-walled gallery that, come night, morphs into a gathering spot for fashion designers and media types. The most creative drink: "emperor's whiskers," made with tea-infused vermouth.
4 Gongti Beilu

Hours: Opens at 8pm

Across town in the Central Business District, well-heeled urbanites take in live jazz over Moët champagne, crispy prawn fritters and Cohiba cigars at Park Hyatt Beijing's Xiu (drinks for two, $22). The rooftop lounge has five interconnected pavilions inspired by Song Dynasty architecture and an outdoor patio with 360-degree views of the city.
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4. Ichikura

For something more subdued, head to Ichikura (drinks for two, $20), which has a 12-seat Japanese whiskey bar stocked with a selection of rare vanilla- and cherry-scented whiskeys.
36 Dongsanhuan Bei Lu

Hours: Mon- Sat 6pm - 1:30am

5. D-22

Don't be fooled by the fading paint and dusty velvet banquettes at D-22 (drinks for two, $10). The best young Chinese indie bands can be found cutting their teeth at this respected rock bar in the university district.
242 Chengfu Lu

Hours: Tues-Sun 7pm - 2am