New Beijing Bars & Restaurants: November 2018

By That's Beijing, November 2, 2018

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A roundup of all the latest bar and restaurant openings in Beijing.

El Barrio

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Gin bars, Italian joints and cocktail lounges – Nali Patio’s ever-expanding inventory of quality late-night hotspots is really proving its superiority as of late. Now joining the party is a Mexican bar and restaurant, helmed by pizza pros Bottega, which is located just a few steps away.

See a listing for El Barrio

Freak Shake

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A few years ago, freakshakes – also known as milkshakes on steroids, thanks to their insane serving size and all the loaded extras – caused an instant stir on social media in frenzied foodie cities around the globe. These monstrous, over-the-top (literally) treats sent everyone on a sugar rush, from Melbourne to London. But while most trendsetters boasting a mega sweet tooth were left enjoying milkshake-induced naps, Beijing had yet to get a sip of the huge desserts. That is, until now.

See a listing for Freak Shake


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In a city of over 20 million people seemingly on a nonstop bustle, finding a quiet spot to kick back, have a drink and turn off your brain for an hour or four is a luxury that seems to be in demand. And in fact, the capital has recently seen an influx of expertly curated cocktail establishments with a forceful devotion for the craft. Now, stepping up to bat is Inception, Dongzhimen’s newest addition to the roster – and the 1920s-style lounge bar is swinging for the fences.

See a listing for Inception


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It’s no secret that fusion concepts are abound in this city’s wide-ranging gastronomic universe, and while we’re always up for inventive combinations, many restaurants run the danger of putting novelty before flavor and texture. Pachapapi, Beijing’s one and only Peruvian restaurant, is a rare exception: It’s not a fusion restaurant by choice, it’s a fusion restaurant by definition.

See a listing for Pachapapi


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Located conveniently between the two juxtaposed nightlife hubs of Dongzhimen and Sanlitun, DNA Bar is another new player in Beijing's craft cocktail scene.

See a listing for DNA Bar

Red Rose Brew

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Red Rose derives its name from a renowned Xinjiang restaurant that previously occupied a large space in front of Workers’ Stadium for at least three decades. Now, the massive space of the restaurant is ready for its new life as a state-of-the-art gastropub.

See a listing for Red Rose Brew


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Former Eatalia’s 798 location just relaunched as Nuovo (Italian for ‘new’) and is set to be a favorite among gourmands in the ever-popular art district.

See a listing for Nuovo

Chunli Chifan Gongsi

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Sanlitun’s Bar Street is a notorious shapeshifter – from its bars to its street food offerings. The modest food stalls that once dotted the boozy block were transformed into upscale snack joints. The latest addition comes courtesy of the Chunli brand – you might know them from their recent hole-in-the-wall coffee spot a few blocks away.

See a listing for Chunli Chifan Gongsi

Beijing Pie

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Beijing Pie was the go-to joint to taste traditional Beijing eats in Wangfujing before being forced to move to its new location near the Forbidden City. The new Beijing Pie retains the original folksy charm but is no greasy spoon.

See a listing for Beijing Pie

Luckin Coffee (Forbidden City)

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Luckin did not hide its ambition to dominate the Chinese coffee market. The Chinese unicorn has now unveiled its most prestigious location to date – inside the Forbidden City.

See a listing for Luckin Coffee (Forbidden City)


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In the buzzing Chinese coffee market there are the big players – Luckin and Starbucks – and the small players. Then, there are the micro players, like Trutasty. Nestled on the second floor of Guanhua Lu Soho, this tiny cafe barely fits a table but it is what’s behind the counter that matters.

See a listing for Trutasty

[Cover image via Pachapapi]

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