Beijing is one of the busiest cities in the world, famous for its beautiful landmarks and modern high rise buildings. However, the city is also home to a number of little traditional laneways that snake through the capital’s back alleys known as hutongs. These little alleyways ooze a secret hipster vibe and are some of the best places to go if you’re looking for a quiet laid-back spot that serves up some high-quality drinks.
Join the team as we spend the day getting lost in the many hutongs in search for the Best Hutongs Bars in Beijing. We hit up Capital Spirits in Xinsi Hutong first, one of the first bars in the world dedicated to the hard-hitting Chinese liquor Baijiu. The bartenders help ease you into the liquor by combining it with a delicious range of sweet and fruity mixers. Next up we head to Great Leap Brewing No. 6 in Doujiao Hutong, an institution in Beijing and the first craft brewery to open in the city. Founded by couple Carl Setzer and Liu Fang, we try their special range of beers infused with Chinese history and culture such as the famous Honey Ma Gold. For a more intimate setting, we explore Mai bar, drinking up some of the most delicious drinks in all of Beijing. Afterwards, we take a seat in Eric Liu’s famous Mao Mao Chong for a bite of pizza and a sip of one of his creative twists on classic cocktails. We end the night in one of Beiluogixiang’s many nooks – Nina Bar. There is no better way to end the night than with some mix’n’matched arancini balls, a couple of friends and lots of spritz! It’s all here in our latest episode of Top Picks, where we discover the best parts of the world in bite-sized format.