If you’ve been in China you probably recall a time when we overdosed on Tsingtao or Yanjing Beer, cheap but suffering from a severe hang-over. Even in a bar or pub, they always serve you bottle beer or tasteless, mass-produces lagers.
The drought has come to an end. A number of local brewpubs are now serving complex craft ales in pub atmospheres throughout the city.
Here we list some brewing bars or pubs in deferent districts of Beijing for you!
Beer geeks rejoice. Founder Yin Hai, president of the Chinese Homebrewer’s Association, joined forces with beer fanatic and bar owner Xiao Biar to lay the stones for their home base -- N Beer -- beside the noodle shops on Huguosi Snack Street.
This brewery operation sports 37 taps and stocks over 500 varieties of bottled beer from around the world. The taps are filled with both local brewers' handiwork (Tipsy Face, Panda, Great Leap, Slow Boat) and craft brews from around China (Master Gao's from Nanjing and Harvest of Chengdu).
1. Huguosi Branch
Add: F1-6 Huguo Xintiandi, No.85 Huguosi Dajie, Xicheng District
2. Sanlitun Branch
A new branch opened by NBeer Pub at Sanlitun. No imported bottled beers are sold in this new pub, they promote the local brewing beer mainly the NBeer label and some from other cities. 20 different beers are also available on tap including 2 nitrogen taps that only used here throughout the domestic brewing bars. Don't miss it!
Add: B1－625, Bldg 6, Sanlitun SOHO, 8 Gongti Beilu Chaoyang District
Great Leap Brewing
Great Leap made its name brewing beers in a rustic courtyard that's been around since the days of Old Beijing. Closer to modernity, Great Leap's Brewing Taproom is scaled up with plenty of polished wood, shiny fermenting tanks and a state-of-the-art tap system pouring 12 beer varieties.The expanded size reflects the status: bearded owner Carl Setzer is credited with kick-starting Beijing's current beer boom. Their philosophy is to source a majority of locally grown ingredients, including local hops, teas, spices, fruits, vegetables, coffees, sugars and honeys, creating craft beer that truly represents the best of China.
1. Gongti Branch
Add: 12 Xinzhong Jie, Dongcheng District
Hours: Sun-Thu 11.30am-1am Fri-Sat 11.30am-2am
Tel: 010-5712 4376
2. Gulou Branch
Add: 6 Doujiao Hutong, Dongcheng District
Hours: Daily 2pm-midnight
Tel: 010-5717 1399
3. Liangmaqiao Branch
Add: 45-1 Xinyuan Jie, Chaoyang District
Hours: Sun-Thu 11.30am-1am, Fri-Sat 11.30am-2am
Tel: 010-5947 6984
京 A Jing A
京A Brewing Co. is the brainchild of Kris and Alex, two North American guys and long-term Beijingers with a passion for great beer. After months of brewing out of apartments, in commercial kitchens, and guest brewing on other local systems, the 京A Brewing Co. boys made the move to a brewery of their own within the Big Smoke Bistro in Xingfucun, opening in Spring 2013.
The significance of the “A” is more subtle. When Beijing first began issuing car license plates in the late 90s, the first batch of car owners got 京A plates. As the city prospered over the next twenty years, additional letters were issued. Now a new car owner is lucky if she can register a 京Q license plate. In this way, 京A has come to represent the original. The old school.
What comes out of their laboratory and into the glasses can be as conventional as sharp pale ale or innovative as wasabi beer.
Enjoy a selection of over 10 Jing-A brews along with a rotating cast of guest beers, pub grub including grilled cheese and Andy's Craft Sausages, and plenty of seasonal specialties.
1. Jing-A (the Big Smoke)
Add: 1-F Lee World Building, 57 Xingfucun Zhonglu, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-6416 5195
2. Jing-A Taproom
Add: Club 1949, Courtyard 4, Gongti North Road, Chaoyang District
Hours: 5pm-Late (Closed Mondays)
Tel: 010-6501 8883
Home Plate Barbecue
Scuffed floors, stacks of applewood, a brick smoker designed by the owners, and country tunes (think Johnny Cash and honky-tonk) set the stage for a meal of down-home barbecue from the American South. An anomaly on a strip of Chinese restaurants, Home Plate is a place where time relaxes and diners languidly enjoy slow-cooked meats. There’s no kitsch, nor any attempt at reinventing the simple philosophy of Southern comfort and hospitality.The newer Sanlitun location is much larger than the Sanyuanli original, with additional dishes and cocktails. over 6 types of draught beers offered by Slow Boat Brewery.
1. Xiaoyun Lu Branch
Add: Courtyard 35, Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 11am-10pm
Tel: 010-5128 5584
2. Sanlitun Branch
Add: Courtyard 4, Gongti Beilu, Chaoyang District
Hours: Sun-Thur 11am-2am, Fri-Sat 11am-3am
Tel: 400 096 7670
This beer bar and supermarket offers cheap imported and local brews，but it’s not a real bar, but they do sell everything, from Belgian beers to a huge variety of spirits, all at incomparable prices. Bonus points for plastic cups and bags of ice. They offer mexican food and American fast food.
Add: 14 Xindong Lu (next to The James Joyce), Sanlitun, Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 11am-4am
Tel: 010-6415 6513
The new venture of Ryan O’Neal Johnston formerly of The Brick in Shuangjing and then The Drive-Thru, picks up where the aforementioned beer shop left off. A spot for him to indulge his twin passions of beer and biking, the China View venue already hosts Beijing Brewing Society meetings and is likely to interest other gatherings with some of the trappings planned or already installed. With a projector screen, and a touch screen jukebox en route to add to the table football set up on the spacious second floor, and the cycling regalia on sale, the sizable space makes an attractive proposition for a varied cast of patrons.
Add: China View, 2-101 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 2pm-late
Tel: 010-8590 0390
The Tree is an immensely popular hangout at the weekends. Featuring a huge selection of Belgian and other international beer brands, this is the place to go for a wide choice of booze combined with freshly baked oven pizzas. It also has a good selection of beers on tap such as Hoegaarden and Beamish. It’s recommended to get here early at weekends though.
Add: 43 Bei Sanlitun Nan, Sanlitun, Chaoyang District
Tel: 010-6415 1954
the Beer Bar owned by a Belgian that sells only Belgian Beer. Best selection of Belgian beer on tap and in bottles in Beijing. The bar also offers a rotating selection of white beers on draught. Everything from the decor to beer menu screams Brussels, making this bar every homesick Belgian man’s new best friend.
Add: Sanlitun South Street, 16 Taiyue Suites 1st Floor Chaoyang District
Hours: Everyday 11am to 3am
Happy Hours 3pm to 8pm
Tea Time 3pm to 8pm
Tel: 010-6500 0559
Taps German Bar & Grill
The latest outlet in the Luga empire, Taps German Bar and Grill offers beer taps at five of its tables. Radeburger, Paulaner, Gaffel, Eibauer and Carlsberg are among the tipples on offer. Traditional German food is also on the menu.
Add: 7 Sanlitun Houjie (10m from northwest corner of 3.3 Shopping Center), Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 10am-3am
Tel: 010-6415 6901
Happy Beer House
No-frills spot to post up for a couple of beers before a big (or) small night out. Refrigerators contain a typical selection of local and imported bottles including expat favorites Brooklyn, Vedett, La Chouffe and more, all at El Nido or Heaven Supermarket-esque prices.
Add: Rm. 34, Bldg. 3, Xingfuyicun Xili, Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 11am-4am
Tel: 010-6416 8837
Slow Boat Brewery Taproom
The Slow Boat Brewery Taproom hosts the largest selection of beers on tap in Beijing. Beer lovers can now venture to one location to try a regularly changing range of Slow Boat brews. With room for up to 20 beers on tap, and prices very reasonably ranging from RMB30-55, you're sure to find something you love. A variety of burgers and appetizers are also available. Indoor bathrooms and a heated floor make this a great place to camp out in the cold hutong winters.
Add: 56 Dongsi Batiao, Dongcheng District
Hours: Tue-Wed 5pm-12am, Thu 5pm-1am, Fri 5pm-late, Sat 2pm-late, Sun 11:30am-10pm
Tel: 010-6538 5537
Lark Brew Pub
This pub and homebrew destination is now on its third incarnation, all within a few hundred meters of the original site. Now located next to the Beixinqiao subway (exit B), Lark Han's operation is a café by day and pub at night. 10 rotating taps means that there's a beer out there for any taste.
Add: 227 Dongzhimen Nei Dajie, Dongcheng District
Panda Brew Pub
After closing their tiny Beixinqiao, Dongsi and Wudaoying beer cubbyholes, the newest Panda Brew Pub is a much larger affair, 400 square meters of industrial chic, concrete floors and massive fermentation tanks.
Add: Southeast corner, Beixinqiao, 14 Dongsi North, Dongcheng District
Hours: Daily 4pm-1am
Tel: 010-6408 7922
This pocket-sized bar/bottle shop in the middle of the hutongs is an ideal place for a quiet pint. They stock standard craft bottles from around the world at fair prices, along with terrifyingly cheap RMB10 shots. Delivery is free within 5km.
Add: 19 Beixinqiao San Tiao, Dongcheng District
Hours: M-F 3pm-12am, Sat-Sun 3pm-2am
Beer Bear Bar
A small Hutong bar opened by 3 Beijinger bros. They are very nice and good talkers. If you are hanging out in the hutong or in a hutong hiking, it will be a good place for a break.
Add:125, Dongsi Wutiao, Dongcheng District
Hours: M-F 7pm-11pm, Sat-Sun 24hrs
A favorite for foreigners and tourists residing in the neighborhood, this pleasant courtyard bar and restaurant is an ideal place to fuel up and enjoy a conversation or surf the net on your laptop. Tibetan prints and wooden masks adorn the walls and there's a selection of reading material to browse and borrow (if you donate three books). The menu skewers towards Italian and they do a decent range of pizzas (including the famous gongbao jiding pizza - kung pao chicken pizza) and pastas.
Add: 108 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District
Hours: Daily 9.30am-2am
Tel: 010-8403 8004
A small bar lies in the Fangjia Hutong. It is probably the earliest brewing bar in Beijing, no fine decoration and food, but very popular.
Add: 59 Fangjia Hutong, Andingmen Nei Da Jie, Dongcheng Disctrict
Hours: Daily 11am-late
Tel: 010-8402 9495
DDC (Dusk Dawn Club)
It is a new bar opened in 2014 gathering Jazz bands and rock fans. A few local micro-breweries were there to showcase their products. The place is a bit hidden as with most hutong hangouts, but the mobile phone maps do quite well to locate it. The interior is quite nicely decorated with a glass ceiling roof covering the courtyard. There is also a rooptop area.
Add: 14 Shanlao Hutong, Kuanjie, Dongcheng District
Hours: Daily 2pm-1am
Tel: 010-6407 8969
Eje brings a good selection of beer to the table. The choice isn’t as large as at El Nido, but with a focus on Belgian and German brews, there’s enough quality to keep purists amused until they pass out.
Add: 2/F, Bldg A (opposite Jam), 206 Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng District
Hours: Daily 5pm-2am
Tel: 010-8404 4424
Nothing to say Beer Shop
A small beer shop lies in Hutong, the boss offers a good selection of craft beers. Price is reasonable whatever drink in shop or take-out.
Add: 33 West Lane, Qiangliang Hutong, Dongcheng District
Hours: Daily 3pm-2am
Near to the Lotus Market at Houhai lake, it is a small bar with a good selection of craft beer, price reasonable around houhai area.
Add: 10 Qianhai Beiyan, Xicheng District
Hours: Daily 3pm-2am
Container Lounge & Beer Shop
This cozy little spot is a bit of Sanlitun cool or Gulou hip in the wilds of Wangjing. Expect top-shelf booze at reasonable prices and competently mixed cocktails. Downstairs is a self-serve beer shop and watch out for a third-floor beer garden to open in spring 2015.
Add: BF201, 2/F, Kirin Place, 11 Fu’an Xi Lu, Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 6pm-2am
Tel: 010-5723 8303
A hundred bottles on the wall if you get into the Beer All at Jianwai Soho, the owner set a cozy place to let beer lovers drinking after work a day off.
1. Jianwai SOHO Branch
Add: B1/F, Unit 8821, Bldg 17, Jianwai Soho west area , 39 Dongsanhuan Zhonglu, Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 5pm-midnight
2. Qingnian Lu Branch
Add: 02 Bldg 17, West Huafangyicheng, Qingnian Lu , Chaoyang District
Hours: Daily 5pm-midnight
The One Place
It is located in maolong Art Park featured with family brewing, quiet and cozy.
Add: Bldg 29,Maolong Art Park,Sanjianfang East Rd, Chaoyang District
Heping Brew Pub
Behind the Quanjude Hepingmen Branch, this pub gather lots of beer lovers from South of Beijing. The owner offers hundred of craft beer and brewing beer, and a variety of snacks like roast motton, chicken wings.
Add: 200 Heyan Jie Qianmen West, Hepingmen, Xicheng District