Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu • 6503 2757 • Subway: Tuanjiehu
Cocktails, bourbons, and ales are served at this split-level speakeasy bar and lounge to the accompaniment of smooth jazz and blues music.
1209 Unit 2, Yonglee Plaza, Gongti Bei Lu • 6463 6091
Swanky yet homey apartment bar with work-of-art cocktails such as Amortentia, infused with rosemary sprigs and toasted sesame seeds.
3rd Floor, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu • 5208 6030
This is a Columbian bar with serious food options, including arepas (corn flatbreads with varied fillings), and excellent cocktails. The eclectic decor includes a picture of Jesus framed by yellow bulbs, velvet lampshades, and neon busts of Mao. It is closed on Sundays.
This smartly designed cocktail bar, Mai, has outdoor seating in a narrow courtyard, plus a giant silver sofa and bar chairs inside. It draws a cool hutong crowd, especially at weekends.
6/F Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Bei Lu • 5208 6061 • Subway: Tuanjiehu
This chic Spanish restaurant and rooftop terrace bar is always packed with a hip cocktail-drinking crowd that comes here for the DJs and great alfresco views. Try the chargrilled octopus.
39 Xin Dong Lu, Chaoyang District • 8418 5718
The cozy alcoves at this utterly charming speakeasy are perfect for quiet conversation and the cocktails are new takes on old favorites.
6 Sanlitun Nan Lu • 6592 5388 • Subway: Tuanjiehu
A seasonally updated selection of delicious beers and award-winning burgers are served at this smart but laid-back bar, run by two American expats.
48 Shoubi Hutong, Dongcheng District • 8404 1416
This Mongolian-owned whiskey bar in a tiny hutong has it all – a mishmash of comfortable furniture, random cultural artifacts, tiny tables, hushed conversation, and a number of roaming cats.
Kerry Center Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu • 8565 2398 • Subway: Guomao
Set in the lobby of one of the city’s swankiest hotels, Centro boasts live music and the last word in cocktails.
B1, The Opposite House, 11 Sanlitun Bei Lu • 6410 5220 • Subway: Tuanjiehu
Ultra-trendy lounge bar Mesh features a cool outdoor deck terrace and bamboo garden. It’s a popular spot for after-work cocktails and evening drinks on weekends.
14 Shanlao Hutong, Dongcheng District • 6407 8969
Courtyard venue with trees growing through tables and regular live shows.
53 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng District • 6402 8881
This hutong venue is one of the city’s best music spots.
3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu • 6404 2711
The city’s most satisfying music venue, with an eclectic booking policy.
23 Qian Men Dong Dajie • 170 0000 0288
The jazz club’s first branch in China.
183 1108 0818 • 206 Gulou Dong Dajie
Super-hip DJ lounge and mini club import from Shanghai.
6400 7868 • 46 Fangjia Hutong
This compact pub is the mainstay of Beijing's live Indie music scene.
A 1920s-themed jazz and piano bar (see Modernista) that also serves Spanish tapas.
206 Gulou Dong Dajie • 131 6107 0713
This institution has live shows, a wide drink selection and late-night pub food.
A classic pure jazz venue (see East Shore Live Jazz Café) with terrific views over Hou Hai.
7 Dongmianhua Hutong, Jiaodaokou Nan Dajie • 6401 5269
Cozy courtyard bar hosting jam sessions.