Capital Spirits and The Distillery

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  • Cocktail Bars
16 Xinsi Hutong
Two of Beijing’s finest cocktail spots, always under the same management, have merged into one hutong bar that’s even more hidden away than The Distillery was, in a courtyard just across the alleyway. The new venture is just as cosy-but-still-classy as its late mama and papa bars, with excellent cocktails to boot. The focus is on baijiu, with creative cocktails that are distinctive, but subtle enough to coax even the staunchest of baijiu avoiders. The Paper Crane (60RMB), a kind of baijiu-based negroni with Aperol and Amaro, is a sophisticated sip, while the Baijiu Sour (40RMB) is strong, subtle and ridiculously affordable. There are also plenty of non-baijiu drinks here to keep everyone happy, but it’s worth trying the baijiu flights, which offer a range of tasters starting at just 30RMB (going up to 180RMB). Being so discreet and such good value, this is the kind of place that feels like an insider’s secret.
Venue name: Capital Spirits and The Distillery
Contact:
English address: 16, Xinsi Hutong, Dongcheng district
Chinese address: 东城区新死胡同16号