Chen Chao
39-9 Xingfuercun
This one’s a jazz-age speakeasy. The décor looks like a chincy film set, with its mishmash of vintage knick knacks and blasting up-tempo jazz. But, like a rented tux at a swanky party, some of the décor doesn’t quite sit right. Still, overall, this place carries off its Gatsby party vibe. 

Parlor encourages you to hang loose. A large portion is given up to the dancefloor and there’s a long list of bottle service options. For those looking to really flaunt it, the second floor is a 50,000RMB-a-year, members-only area. 

Parlor was started up by Jeff Ji, the guy behind Beiluoguxiang cocktail spot Mai Bar. He’s surrounded himself with good company, too – he’s recruited a bunch of his bartender friends from his former haunts, including Apothecary. There’s a short list of classic cocktails on the menu, but most of the drinks are divided up by style; sours, old fashioneds, fizzes, and so on. 

The Mala Old Fashioned (65RMB) uses Sichuan pepper-infused bourbon to add some prickly numbness to the booze (rub the rim of the glass with your in-drink chilli pepper for some real heat). And the Jasmine Sour (75RMB) is smooth and fragrant, made with tea-infused Ketel One. The drinks fit the theme of the whole place – flashy, fun, and ready to party.

Venue name: Parlor
Opening hours: 6pm-late daily
English address: 39-9 Xingfuercun, (off Xindong Lu), Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区新东路幸福二村39-9号
  • 4 out of 5 stars