Night & Nice is an oasis in the otherwise dry eastern corner of Beijing’s nightlife district. Sandwiched between embassies, Night & Nice’s odd location, ironically, just might be the best thing about it.
The latest venue in the growing network of locations opened by the consortium of Beijing bar personalities behind such popular Sanlitun 'speakeasies' as D&M Bar, Ala House and Hidden House, Night & Nice is a chip off the old block. The exposed brick, low light emanating from hand-blown glass blubs and leather upholstery could just as easily pass for any of the aforementioned watering holes, so what makes Night & Nice stand out? Nothing – and that’s a good thing. You’ll find experienced service, an exhaustive menu of classics with a few original concoctions, and a refined atmosphere.
Night & Nice is a drinker’s bar. It’s the place to go when you know what you want, like a sublime Town Branch bourbon Manhattan (70RMB), or even an off-beat Vesper Martini (85RMB) made with Four Pillars gin, vodka and Lillet vermouth. Owner-manager Vincent Guo is as affable as he is professional behind the bar.
With a menu of bar bites, and a rooftop set to open this summer, we’re hoping this quiet spot stays off the radar of the typical Bar Street drinker. Night & Nice is similar to the owners’ other bars, but the thing that sets it apart is that peace and quiet. For now at least, there’s a quality cocktail bar in Sanlitun with space to really enjoy that drink.
By Nick Gollner