Time Out Bar & Club Award winners 2014

We unveil Beijing's best bars and clubs in 2014 as awarded by our editors and readers

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"LOGO_Black_2014"As well as an editor's pick and a merit award chosen by Time Out's expert panel of judges, Time Out Beijing's 2014 Bar & Club Awards including a readers' choice in each category, as voted by our readers. Discover the best bars, clubs and nightlife spots in the city as decided by Time Out's editors and by an online vote from the readers.

Check out the full list of winners by category below.
Time Out reveal the winners of the Best Dive Bar trophies at our Bar & Club Awards 2014. Use the list below to find the best cheap booze, bargain bar snacks and a rowdy atmosphere every night of the week

Winner 

That old maxim ‘your body is a temple’ curbing your party habits? Live music venue Temple Bar is the ultimate loophole. You’ll breathe first- and second-hand smoke; swill Beijing draught by the gallon; dance with newfound friends to Beijing rock; throw up that greasy, late-night cheeseburger you thought would be enough to pad your stomach; then do it all over again.

Like any dive bar worth its grime, Temple is almost never your first choice for a night out, but it’s never off the table, either. Whether you’re looking for a break from Dada’s underground electronic music or
a livelier atmosphere than the area’s hit- and-miss hipster hangouts, Temple is as much a go-to as your favourite pair of worn, ratty jeans.

Temple Bar 206 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng district. See full address details

Merit Award 

This debauched bottle shop might just be Sanlitun’s most profitable business. Far removed from its humble beginnings, Heaven now has even more room for excellent, imported beers and raucous bar street hooligans than ever, having subsumed neighbouring Irish pub The James Joyce earlier this year. The simple relationship between cashier and customer remains the same: you pay the cut-rate, liquor-store price and they da kai (open). Dark, dingy and smelling of Mexican food, Heaven is the purgatorial way point preceding a night of biblical proportions.

Heaven 14 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Reader's Choice Winner 

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Find Beijing's most reliable spots to catch the game on a weekly basis with the winners of Time Out's Bar & Club Awards 2014 Best Sports Bar category

Winner

Paddy O'Shea's

This Irish bar takes sports as seriously as it does pulling perfect pints of Guinness. They don’t discriminate, either. In addition to more popular sports, Paddy O’Shea’s even accommodates Beijing’s burgeoning e-sports fan base, with weekly live streams of the most hotly contested video game competitions. That’s dedication!

The athletes aren’t just onscreen; a favourite with everyone from the Hash House Harriers running club to Beijing Roller Derby, you’ll almost certainly find flat- stomached, sinewy drinkers here to clink glasses with. Why not join them for their next workout? After the inevitable late-night feast ordered down from Ganges, the Indian joint just upstairs, you’ll need it.

Paddy O'Shea's 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Merit Award

The Local

Nobody doesn’t like The Local. A safe bet for after-work drinks, birthday parties and large gatherings of all kinds, the two-story jack-of- all-trades bar has a better-than-most menu of cocktails, pub grub and beers. But where they go big, and we mean big, is with their screens – not only in number, but in size. At nearly three metres across, their projection screen is the next best thing to actually being in the stadium.

The Local 4 Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Readers' Choice

CuJu Moroccan Bistrot & Rummery

This small hutong spot only has a couple of screens and a few tables, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in pure passion. Whether you’re into football, American football, or something more niche, you’ll find the mini-but-mighty bar open for kick- offs at unsociable hours and packed to the gills. Plus, as the name suggests, CuJu is more than just a sports bar. Where else in the city can you sip on a rare rum and chow down on a meringuez sausage while screaming at the TV? Nowhere – that’s where. It’s one of the many things that make CuJu so special.

CuJu Moroccan Bistrot & Rummery 28 Xiguan Hutong, Dongcheng district. See full address details
Find Beijing's hidden away hotspots worth seeking out with the winners of Time Out's Bar & Club Awards 2014 Best Hutong Bar category

Winner 

Great Leap Brewing Original #6 

Long-time fans of Great Leap Brewing’s original location will remember the lukewarm temperatures and iffy carbonation of its pints in the early days. Thankfully, renovations over the last year fixed the tap system and a whole lot more, with the interior getting a much-needed face-lift. And while the new look is similar to the Sanlitun brewpub, the original ceiling rafters and courtyard seating remain in a nod to simpler times. Well- entrenched in the hutongs surrounding Houhai, this a bar you settle into and aren’t in any hurry to leave, especially on one of Beijing’s rare sunny days. A second round is definitely in order. 

Great Leap Brewing Original #6 6 Doujiao Hutong, off Nanluoguxiang. See full address details

Merit Award 

Mao Mao Chong 

Exposed bedsprings as decoration? In Mao Mao Chong’s trendy space, it somehow works. It’s not all re-purposed landfill fodder, however; the hipster touches actually compliment the well-preserved rustic hutong charm. What Mao Mao Chong’s one-room space saves on rent they pass on to the customer in the form of great-value drinks: locally inspired infusions, original creations and expertly mixed classics that make Mao Mao Chong one of the best cocktail spots in town (and don’t even get us started on the bargain gourmet pizzas). Even after repeated visits, this place still feels like a hidden gem. 

Mao Mao Chong 12 Banchang Hutong, off Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie. See full address details

Readers' Choice

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom

This is the second year in a row you’ve voted Slow Boat’s Dongsi space your favourite hutong spot. The taproom may not have much in the way of original features – exposed beams, chilled courtyard vibes and so on – but the cosy space more than makes up for that with its friendly service and neighbourly ambiance. Plus, when the beer jacket (or beer scrarf and gloves) isn’t enough to keep the cold away, Slow Boat’s under-floor heating warms the cockles nicely. Oh, and the beer is some of the best in the city – which is kind of
a clincher.

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom 56 Dongsibatiao, Off Dongsi Bei Dajie. See full address details
Rock out to best Beijing gigs with the winners of the Best Live Music Venue at 2014's Time Out Beijing Bar & Club Awards

Winner

Yugong Yishan

Yugong Yishan wins the top prize once again this year for its continued level of programming, which stands out both for its diversity and its ambition. As the go-to venue for major foreign acts, Yugong hosted everyone this year from post-rock giants Toe to black metal innovators Deafheaven and former Joy Division bassist Peter Hook.

Its local programming was no less impressive, running the gamut from indie rock (Re-TROS, Subs) to experimental (Xiao He) to hip hop (In3) and metal (Painkiller Fest). There were even a few curve balls – like Hang in Balance, which introduced us to a weird new instrument called the ‘hang’. While it may lack the intimacy of smaller venues, Yugong delivers a dependably professional and consistent experience, with decent sound, real booze and good service – something we’ve learned not to take for granted.

Yugong Yishan 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng district.

Merit Award

School Live Bar

At the risk of being predictable, School is picking up our merit award for the second year running. While it may not be able to draw the same level of artist as the larger venues, School has established itself as the heart and soul of Beijing’s local live circuit, serving as a testing ground for young bands eager to prove their mettle. Between providing a platform to promising young acts, School hosts experimental nights, foreign punk bands and big-name indie rock acts – all in a humble show space that feels as intimate and gritty as any true rock dive.

School Bar 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng district. See full address details

Readers' Choice

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School Live Bar

School Bar 53 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng district. See full address details
From whiskey to Baijiu, the winners of Time Out Beijing's Best Specialist Spirit Bar awards have got you covered whatever you're drinking.

Winner 

Capital Spirits

You wouldn’t judge American cuisine on one trip to McDonald’s, so why disregard the world’s most-consumed spirit, baijiu, after a late-night sampling of the cheapest bottle 7-Eleven has to offer? Swing by bar and distillery Capital Spirits and they’ll take you all the way from hater to budding connoisseur in half an hour’s time.

The secret is a focus on presentation; foreign bar staff encourage you to engage with the oft-maligned drink through explanations of how each major variety is produced before opening discussions about flavour. Plus, the low price point means you can sample many different styles without breaking the bank. All other things being equal, Capital Spirits would be a winner if it were instead, say, a whisky bar, but the fact that their speciality is baijiu makes them all the more exceptional.

Capital Spirits 3 Daju Hutong, off Dongzhimen Nei Jie, Dongcheng district. See full address details

Merit Award 

Ala House

Intimate and dimly-lit, the focus at this Central Park lounge is placed squarely on the drinks. The 200-some whiskies on the shelves are impressive, but the work put into the menu is downright jaw dropping. Each variety has an evocative description of the nose, taste and finish of the drink that plumb palatal depths you never knew were possible. Take the Ardbeg Corryvrechan and its notes of ‘butter, cream, herbs, roast chicken and potato chips’. Who needs dinner with a whisky like that!?

Ala House Unit 102, Bldg 21, Central Park, 6 Chaoyangmenwai Dajie. See full address details

Readers' Choice

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Capital Spirits 3 Daju Hutong, off Dongzhimen Nei Jie, Dongcheng district. See full address details
Luxury lounge bars, stunning roof terraces, sophisticated cocktails and more at the 2014 winners of the Time Out's Bar & Club Awards Best Hotel Bars 

Winner

Centro

Whether it’s an early evening meeting over a Martini or a 5am nightcap on the way home from a big night out, there’s always a reason – business or pleasure – to stop by Centro. It’s been a perennial favourite for as long
as we can remember, and we can’t see that changing any time soon. The Kerry Beijing’s sophisticated lounge boasts a boss line-up of cocktails, a lively house band and an atmosphere that’s classy to the core. Still, it doesn’t mind things turning rowdy late into the night and can forgive a particularly messy evening. While a sense of soul-sucking emptiness is standard for hotel bars, Centro is often the most happening place in the CBD.

Centro The Kerry Hotel Beijing,1 Guanghua Lu. See full address details

Merit award

Xian

Both elegant and youthfully hip at the same time, East Beijing hotel’s massive bar has plenty of nooks for an intimate conversation over one of the exceptional signature cocktails. Or, if your tastes lie elsewhere, head to the vintage arcade games and sip on one of the 150 varieties of whisky available by the glass. It’s not all low-key, mellowed-out merrymaking, though. A hard-to-top Ladies’ Night on Thursdays and special events on weekends see the place packed to the brim most nights.

Xian East Hotel, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu. See full address details

Readers' Choice

Xian

Xian

Xian East Hotel, 22 Jiuxianqiao Lu. See full address details
Find Beijing speakeasies, inventive creations and fun twists on classic concotions with our list of 2014 winners for Best Cocktail Bar at the Time Out Beijing Bar & Club Awards

Winner 

Bottle, Boot & Cigar (BBC)

Since its opening in late spring, Bottle, Boot & Cigar (BBC) has quickly become a staple for the capital’s discerning cocktail drinkers. There’s no fixed menu, but this gives the bartenders the chance to show off their mind-reading mettle, and they nail it every time. Ramble on about your flavour preferences (or even your career goals), and you’ll soon be sipping exactly what you wanted – you just didn’t know the name for it. Prices are more than reasonable for the quality. They’ve got everything you won’t find anywhere else in the city with a premier selection of speciality booze, bitters and spices lining the walls. Sure, you may find yourself shoulder-to-shoulder in the 24-square-metre space – but for these drinks, you really won’t care .

Bottle, Boot and Cigar, 168 Taipingzhuang Nanli, Chaoyang district See full address details

Merit Award

Hidden House

Hidden House’s concept – a speakeasy stowed away behind a bookshelf off a busy street – could easily feel like a worn-out idea, but it’s far from it. A push of a ‘light switch’ reveals a plush, intimate interior where an extensive list of first-rate classics and exceptional signature cocktails are whipped up by the affable, attentive bartenders. In this whirlwind of mixology and prohibition-era décor, pretension could rocket through the roof, but it doesn’t – and that’s exactly Hidden House’s greatest charm.

Hidden House 39 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Readers' Choice 

Janes and Hooch

This Sanlitun speakeasy-style bar knocked ‘em all dead when it opened in autumn 2012, and you guys are still fans of the jumping weekend atmosphere and classy hooch. The ever-changing menu features quality classics and seasonal specials, and despite the high turnover at peak hours, the drink quality remains admirably high. They can even do off-menu orders at midnight on a Friday, which is damn impressive. The well-trained, bow-tied mixologists can take all you can throw at them, so long as you throw them your wallet too, of course. Looking for a lively night out but want to avoid bawdy bar street? Janes and Hooch is a classy alternative to Sanlitun salaciousness. It’s difficult to have a bad time at Janes and Hooch. 

Janes and Hooch 4 Gongti Bei Lu (opposite Q-Mex). See full address details
Sip good pints of Beijing's best ales, beers and ciders at the city's top microbrewery pubs, as awarded by the Time Out Beijing Bar and Club Awards 2014

Winner

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom


There’s no better place to savour high- quality craft beer than Slow Boat Brewery Taproom. In fact, there are almost too many reasons here to drink, from the charitable specials most days of the week to the astounding number of brews on offer – 12 to 18 on draft, with even more available by the bottle. Don’t let yourself be intimidated by the variety, though. Pull up a stool at the bar and talk through your preferences with Slow Boat’s beer-obsessed, English-speaking staff, who can make recommendations based on your preferences. 

Once you get down to the actual drinking, a good regular crowd and a lack of TVs in the perfectly proportioned space – big enough to cope, small enough to always get your pint right – means there’s nothing to distract you from enjoying your beer. Get swilling! 

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom 56 Dongsibatiao, Off Dongsi Bei Dajie. See full address details

Merit Award 

Great Leap Brewing #12 Brewpub 

Local brewing behemoth Great Leap doesn’t pull any punches at its flagship location. When it opened last year, it was very much a big fish in a small pond. Today, not much has changed. Weighing in at 500 square metres of floor space and a brewing capacity of 1,000 litres, this hoppy heavyweight is packed most nights, a testament to a sterling menu worth drinking your way through. 

Great Leap Brewing #12 Brewpub  12 Xinzhong Jie, near Chunxiu Lu, Dongzhimen. See full address details

Readers’ choice


Jing A Brewing Taproom 


Jing A opened too recently to be considered for our critics’ choice awards (see ‘How we do it’ for details), but you guys are clearly big fans. They’ve got something for beer lovers from around the world., but if you have no idea what you want, the knowledgeable staff can help you out. The atmosphere is also what you want in a taproom; it walks the line admirably between happening nightspot and a place to appreciate the product. Cheers to that. 

Jing A Brewing Taproom 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu. See full address details
Dance to Beijing's best scratchers and mixers with the winners of the Time Out Beijing Bar & Club Awards 2014 Best DJ category

Winner 

Howie Lee


Howie Lee seems on the verge of a trueinternational breakthrough. Once known for turbo-charged electro bangers, the Beijing local has forged a new sonic identity over the last few years, following a foray into sound arts at the London College of Communication, with jazz and oriental touches featuring prominently in bassy tunes that now sound world-class. Top tastemakers have taken notice, with the likes Gilles Peterson and Lefto livening up their mixes with selections from his four-track EP, Eastside Sampler. And while it gives us a great deal of Beijing pride to hear his stuff on BBC 6 Music and Studio Brussel, the true pleasure comes in catching one of his monstrous, monthly sets at Dada, where, more so than anyother DJ in town, he makes a compelling case for staying out.

Merit Award

DJ Wordy

Last year’s winner and the three-time DMC China champion DJ Wordy continues his reign as the city’s most decorated DJ, taking our merit pick in this year’s awards. It’s always with an air of confidence that he mixes house, trap, hip-hop and funk, but cocky or not, you know your night is in well-practiced, fader-flicking hands.Wordy’s Hotpot parties at Migas are at once challenging and fun, with his trade mark variety. Dope is the word.

Readers' Choice

Pei Sun

You guys voted electro impresario Pei Sun as your DJ of the year. As the driving force behind The Bye Bye Disco team, who regularly put on one of Dada’s most successful monthlies, Computer Love, she has a reputation for knowing how to get a crowd whipped up – her dance floor-friendly disco and electro jams make sure of that. For us, we love Pei for her complete lack of filter: ‘[Beijing’s female DJs] need to pay more attention to the music and less attention to what they are wearing,’ the motor mouth once said to Time Out. The fact that the city’s best alternative club, Dada, has booked her to bring in the New Year speaks volumes for Pei’s talent.
Beijing's best club and theme nights for a polysexual crowd as awards by the Time Out Beijing Bar & Club Awards 2014

Winner

Saturday nights at Funky


Funky has changed Beijing’s gay scene for good. Its rotating Saturday theme nights attract international DJs, A-list performers– including big-name porn stars like Peter Le and Brent Corrigan – and kick-ass parties such as Neon Rainbow and Full Moon,which stuff Funky’s sleek, contemporary space with beautiful bodies. 

Taking cues from premier Asian LGBT venues while also keeping up with the latest trends in the Pink Triangles of Europe and North America, Funky has earned our praise for the second year running for keeping its doors open to local variety. 

Aside from the Saturday nights there’s also plenty going on: Les Booze, a cosy monthly soiree for girls who love girls,has proven a hit with local la las, and the venue has offered space to drag cabaret,queer fashion shows and LGBT networking events. No matter who’s keeping your bed warm, this new Gongti mainstay is laying down a beat we can all dance to.

Funky 8 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang. See full address details

Merit Award

Glam, Wednesday Nights at Parlor


Free hourly shots all night, a rollicking soundtrack and a well-groomed crowd make GLAM a touch of class for the midweek 'mos, who consistently turn out in force for this new kid on the block. Hosted by consummate socialite Marlon Ma, GLAM is perfect for those seeking an alternative to the club scene and the house cocktails are bad either. Stick around for the dancing after midnight, and watch the crowd go from bourgeois to bacchanalian in the blink of an eye.

Parlor Xingfuercun, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Readers’ choice

GLAM, Wednesdays at Parlor

Parties with big names, funky tunes, a buzzing crowd and more at Beijing's Best Club Nights as awarded by Time Out Beijing's Bar & Club Awards 2014

Winner 

Syndicate Sessions


Beijing’s first name in bass, The Syndicate, take the top spot on the podium following a landmark year that saw them celebrate ten years of parties – a relative eternity in a city of constant change. Befitting this, their anniversary was a big one, with absolute ragers thrown every weekend for the entire month of September. Good thing they roll deep; with some of the best individual talents in the game, including crew leader Blackie and multi-genre specialist Donkey Tonk, clubbers never seem to tire of the crew’s sound. It also doesn’t hurt that they’re every bit as handsome as they are talented, lending their looks to inspired hype videos and promo posters as a part of their ongoing and incredibly successful PR efforts. Consider us won over.

Syndicate Sessions 206 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng district. See full address details

Merit Award 

Do Hits!

Despite the loss of co-founder and one time spiritual centre Sulumi in June, the Do Hits! crew are more relevant than ever. Naturally, Howie Lee’s (see Best DJ) production talents are at the fore, but his precipitous rise aside, a string of international bookings and a staunch commitment to forward-thinking music from the entire home-grown crew have imbued their monthly nights with a tangible sense of party purpose. Do Hits! have hit their stride.

Readers’ choice 

Syndicate Sessions

Raised dancefloors, confetti cannons, tables, bottles and more, the winners of this category in the Time Out Beijing Bar & Club Awards are the biggest, brashest and funnest nightclubs in the city

Winner 

Elements

With a proper buzz on, Elements is a total feast for the senses. We didn’t love it last year, but a round of renovations have done much for the dancefloor, and now the entire club practically gravitates around the seething mass at its centre. It might be difficult, but try to resist the pull of the party people, if only for a moment, to take it all in: the top-of-line lighting and effects;the glowing, foam rods in the outstretched hands of clubbers, waving hypnotically to the beat; the two monoliths flanking the foray, atop of which dusky dancers perform with genuine sensuality that puts cheesier routines around town to shame. With all this available on an average weekend night,it’s clear that this club is approaching an international standard of quality. Weekend warriors, listen up: Elements is killing it.

Elements 58 Gongti Xilu, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Merit Award 

5F

For bookings alone, 5F is exceptional. We’d even go so far as to say they’re systematically working their way through DJ Mag’s list of the world’s ‘Top 100 DJs’. It’s easy enough to see why: a new club in The
Place needs serious cred. Why else would Sanlitun revellers make the trip south? 5F offers plenty of incentives, with big names like Ferry Corsten, Sander van Doorn and Fritz Kalkbrenner passing through monthly.

5F No. 9 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Readers’ choice

5F

These clubs are the homes of anything alternative and electronic in the city. Check out the winners of Time Out Beijing's Bar & Club Awards 2014

Winner 

Dada


A year on from being crowned not only a winner, but a game changer, the effortlessly cool club is once again king of the mountain. Dada’s enduring appeal is a commitment to underground music that runs deeper than what’s coming out of the speakers: it’s how much people are paying to hear it (on local nights, there’s no cover); what they’re drinking (affordable, no-nonsense mixers); who they’re dancing with (Beijing’s hippest crowd of locals and expats); and how long they stick around (the wee hours). Don’t
even try to think about what the nightlife scene would be like without Dada. It’s too sobering a thought – and you’ve got a long, long night ahead of you.

Dada 206 Gulou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng district. See full address details 

Merit Award 

Migas


Migas looks all the more alternative for its grimy Sanlitun neighbours, but the programming that sets it apart from mainstream mainstays doesn’t stray too far into underground territory. Their aesthetic is air-tight, with Migas’ residents and visiting DJs spinning tastefully curated house, disco, hip-hop and funk, all with undeniable appeal. Yearly refurbs keep their rooftop feeling classy and funky fresh, but the one thing that doesn’t change is the view – the city’s best – which makes partying there in summer compulsory.

Migas 81 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Readers’ choice

Dada

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Winner 

Great Leap Brewing #12 Brewpub


What can we say? This place was a game changer when it opened last year and it continues to be in a league of its own. Sure, there may be other places better suited to getting your geek on over craft brews – where every server can speak knowledgeably about beer for hours and pour a perfect pint every time.

As an all-rounder, however, nothing can touch Great Leap’s flagship Sanlitun brewpub. Perennially packed and with a bubbling atmosphere, the beautifully designed Great Leap is the Sanlitun standard bearer. We’renot sure about you, but when we’re stumped on where to start a Sanlitun night out,
‘Great Leap’ is always our go-to response. Seriously, it’s like boozy Tourette’s. And there’s good reason: fantastic beer, fun events and fine bar food – seriously, try those burgers – make Great Leap miles
ahead of the pack. 

Great Leap Brewing #12 Brewpub 12 Xinzhong Jie, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Merit Award 

Bottle, Boot & Cigar (BBC)


Perhaps we’re jaded, but when we heard that another speakeasy-style no-menu cocktail bar was opening earlier this year,we weren’t too overwhelmed. BBC is different though. The quality of the drinks makes this place stand out a mile from the generic crowd of trendy wannabes. Yes, the tiny space is undeniably hip, but BBC is much more substance over style. Tell owner and head bartender Douglas Williams or any of his excellently trained staff what drink you fancy – tall or short; sweet or sour; rum base, gin base; refreshing or strong; the list goes on – and watch in wonder as they whip up the perfect drink. What’s more,with plenty of the creations going for around70-80RMB, it’s fantastic value. With a name like BBC, these guys might not be the smartest at branding, but they make arguably the finest cocktails in the city.

Bottle, Boot & Cigar 168 Taipingzhuang Nanli, Chaoyang district. See full address details

Readers’ choice 

Jing A Brewing Taproom


For Time Out’s picks, we stipulate that only venues that opened before August 15 2014 are eligible to be considered. This is the only way we can guarantee we are judging venues on the qualities you can depend on being present year-round; not just a flash-in the-pan soft opening. We think it’s fair to everyone and by doing this we can be the definitive voice on Beijing nightlife in 2014.We take this sh*t pretty seriously, basically.This is why Jing A didn’t make this year’s shortlist. You guys, however, couldn’t give a toss. You like Jing A and you put your mouse clicks where your mouths are. Fair play, guys! We kind of love it too. 

Jing A Brewing Taproom Gongti Bei Lu, Chaoyang district. See full adress details
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Winner 


Bottle, Boot & Cigar (BBC)


The best indication of a great restaurant is where all the other chefs go for a bite, and Bottle, Boot & Cigar (BBC) is testament to the fact that it’s much the same for bars.As soon as this inconspicuous, shoebox of a cocktail spot blipped onto Beijing’s radar this year, it became the main late night hangout for industry folk after last call at their own venues. 

This isn’t even mentioning the steady flow of plebeians(ourselves included) throughout the night,all clamouring for one of their killer, bespoke cocktails. With its no-menu policy, expert bartenders, and unrivalled collection of speciality ingredients, BBC has made quite the splash on the Beijing drink scene.

Bottle, Boot & Cigar (BBC) 168 Taipingzhuang Nanli, off Xinfucun Zhong Lu (opposite The Big Smoke). See full address details

Merit Award 

Capital Spirits


Yes, the one-of-a-kind baijiu bar and distillery will get you drunk, but that is not their sole aim. Changing hearts and minds on the subject of Chinese firewater is not only a commendable task, but a necessary one, and they’ve ably taken up the helm, offering tastings and cocktails for baijiu buffs and the uninitiated alike. Capital Spirits created a market niche and filled it –a bold move for a newcomer. 

Capital Spirits 3 Daju Hutong, off Xintaicang Hutong, near Dongzhimen Nei Jie. See full address details

Readers' Choice Award

Jing A Brewing Taproom

Jing A’s taproom is actually too new to be considered for the critics’ choice award. Venues need to have opened before mid August to be considered for all our awards.We do this so we can fairly assess venues over a period of time, not just based on a particularly strong or poor opening few weeks. Rules? Pah! You guys laugh in the face of rules. It’s new, it’s awesome; you guys voted for it. Sanlitun’s newest drinking hotspot, and Beijing’s newest taproom, is also your favourite new bar of 2014. 

Jing A Brewing Taproom 1949 The Hidden City, Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu. See full address details
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