Beijing's best outdoor bars

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

Migas
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.

Sanlitun

The Bar at Migas

The Migas rooftop is the beating heart of Sanlitun's warm-weather nightlife scene. Try a barrel-aged negroni.

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

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)

Gulou

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)

8-Bit

Critics' pick

Beijing's best (and only) video game bar with a tropical-themed rooftop. A decent selection of bottled beers and cocktails named after Super Mario characters. 

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13 Beilouguxiang (Gulou, Dongcheng)

CBD

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)

798

O'Bar

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

Xian

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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