Hidden House

  • Bars
  • Cocktail Bars
39 Xindong Lu
Hidden? It’s not another ‘speakeasy’, is it?
Yes, but a pretty cool one. And unlike most, this place is genuinely a bit tricky to find. Head into the unmarked glassware store, tap a light switch and – voila! – watch the bookcase slide into the wall.

My mum always told me it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
And a wise woman she is too. The interior is like a bonkers medieval castle; a blend of large grey bricks and impressionist art. There are also cosy alcoves for chatting with pals. Hidden House is the most casual of the three – more of a chill, post-work vibe than an affected cocktail lab.

Who’s making the drinks?
The bartender Xiao Ming previously worked at tucked-away bars Revolution and Fubar. The selection is smaller than other venues, but there are still plenty of great drinks.

What should I order?
Most of the drinks are cheeky takes on familiar cocktail standards. The Bourbon Mai Tai (instead of the traditional rum; 60RMB) plays with the balance of sweet and sour, and the London Mule (65RMB) is a zesty affront, packed with fresh ginger, cucumber and lemon juice. Among the more creative drinks is the Silver Gin Fizz (60RMB), which adds a splash of elderflower to the creamy, egg-white-and-gin shake-up.
Venue name: Hidden House
Opening hours: Open 6pm-late daily
English address: 39 Xindong Lu, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区新东路39号楼108号
  • 4 out of 5 stars