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10Best searched far and wide before ranking these bars as the best in Beijing. How'd they earn their way on the list? Beer selection, specialty cocktails, cool aesthetics, great music, hip crowds-- we consider it all before deciding which ones belong on a list of Beijing's Best Bars.
For a truly Beijing experience head to Hou Hai Lake, in central Beijing. This lake is surrounded in fun, cheap local bars and a few nice exceptions, like 15 Qianhai Beiyan. You'll be able to watch the sun set over the lake if you arrive early, or sit and watch the pedestrians stroll arm in arm under the moonlight and haze as the evening wanes.
Bed Bar and Centro are two of the more high end options in town, where you'll see some of the city's most dazzling people in their most amazing attire. Of course, this being Beijing the range of folks who frequent these high-end establishments can be vast. Slip into something sexy for Centro, and something nice but comfy for the lounges at Bed Bar and you'll fit right in.
Paddy O'Shea's, Drum and Bell and Poacher's Inn are all low-key backpacker bars where you'll find other travelers swapping stories of life on the road as they down cheap Tsingtao bottles and even a few bar nuts. Keep the conversations rolling as the warm beers are served late into the night.
For wine fanatics, Aria is one of the best in town, but Room 101 is another cellar option where you'll find they really know their vines.