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The best Beijing bars that opened in 2016

Beijing's best new cocktail bars, microbreweries and wine bars

Looking back, 2016 has been another strong year for new bar openings in Beijing.

If you want to see a list of our all-time faves, check out the winners of the 2016 Bar & Club Awards – this list is just for bars that have opened in the last 12 months.

Just in case you needed a reminder, or perhaps a helpful checklist of cool new bars to drink your way through this festive season, here are our favourite new bars of 2016.
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Cocktail bars

2016 was another great year for lovers of cocktails in Beijing. Botany, The Black Moth and La Social are three standouts for us in what's been a brillinatly crowded field of exciting new openings. 

The Black Moth

An artistically minded cocktail lounge raising the bar on high-end hooch

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Mimi e Coco

A hutong bar with style to spare serving pre-mixed in-house bottled cocktails and low-key bites

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64 Fangjia Hutong (Beixinqiao, Dongcheng)

La Social

Classic South American cocktails and cheap eats with a Beijing twist

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81 Sanlitun Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Botany

Critics' pick

Sanlitun apartment bar serving excellent cocktails with house-made infusions and offbeat ingredients

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Yonglee Plaza Gongti Bei Lu (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Night & Nice

A well-appointed cocktail bar in quiet east Sanlitun

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4 Sanlitun Dongsanjie (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

Rong Bar

A spacious cocktail bar with a rooftop terrace serving well-mixed staples

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4-5 Sanlitun Dongsanjie (Sanlitun, Chaoyang)

George's

First bar from boutique Hotel Éclat Beijing

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Parkview Green (Chaoyang, Chaoyang)

Long Jing

A contemporary tearoom that serves Chinese tea by day and tea-infused spirits by night.

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Courtyard 4

Microbreweries and beer

Beijing's craft beer scene continued to rapidly expand in 2016. Slow Boat's huge new taproom is our favourite new opening, closely followed by Arrow Factory Brewing's new location. 

C2H60

Impressive addition to the hutong hidden bar scene

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3 Shatan Beijie

Wine bars

Beijing has been dry on the wine bar front over the over the last couple of years, with few decent options to choose from. These fantastic new openings bucked the trend in 2016. Cheers to that! 

Buona Bocca

Critics' pick

A casual wine bar serving Italian vintages alongside cold cuts

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Xingfu Sancun Sixiang Xingdong Lu

Vesuvio

Critics' pick

An Italian wine bar from the team behind Bottega

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18 Sanlitun Lu (next to Alameda)

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