Staying in town over the Chinese New Year holiday and wondering how to celebrate? Sure, tons of places will be closed, but there are still plenty of CNY feasts, parties and events going on to keep you fed and entertained. Happy New Year everyone!
If you’re ringing in the Year of the Rat here in Beijing, Beersmith has you covered with all the traditional favorites for a special CNY feast. Get your fill of jiaozi while sipping on a pint of their refreshing Hawthorn Saison. What’s more, from now until February 8, Beersmith will have live entertainment provided by guest band One Drop. Made up of seasoned musicians, the band will keep you grooving with reggae jams fused with elements of rock.
The Orchid and Great Leap have once again teamed up to host a Chinese New Year’s Eve bash. There will be free-flow snacks from Toast, Furongji and The Bake Shop, as well as hot toddies and mulled wine from Baojian and, of course, beer from Great Leap.
Ring in the new year with friends and family at The Opposite House’s annual Spring Festival Temple Fair on January 24. The event will be held at their new Commune gallery space, complete with a luxurious family-style menu created by Jing Yaa Tang’s Michelin-starred Chef Li Dong. Guests will also enjoy special performances and fabulous lucky draw prizes.
Side Street is bringing back their annual Hongbaos & Hamburgers deal through January 30. Get a hongbao with every burger purchase for your chance to score free drinks, discounts and more. On January 24, join the party with happy hour prices all night long and live tunes by DJ Spacebar starting at 10pm.
To celebrate, 4corners will host a Chinatown-style buffet, bringing you all the take-out classics like crab rangoon, egg rolls and orange chicken from 7-10pm. After 10pm, the party continues with a special bar deal: RMB100 for a bottle of bubbly. Toast to the new zodiac cycle in style!
Jing-A Brewpub will stay open for Chinese New Year with a special gift for those sticking around town. Buy any four-pack of bottles at their brewpub and be gifted a Lucky Kuzi, aka a pair of festive red underwear for your brew. The fun beer accessory is inspired by the tradition of gifting red underwear to those born in the celebrated zodiac year as a good luck charm. Note: Jing-A Taproom (Longfusi) will be closed from January 24-30.
While supplies last; Jing-A Brewpub (XFC)
El Nido, along with Fang Bar and Zhujingban, will be open from 6pm-2am during the holiday, and there will be chances to receive a free shot with every drink order. El Nido and Fang Bar will also provide free dumplings at midnight on January 24, while Zhujingban cracks open a super limited-edition keg of The Bruery’s Chocolate Rain.
Hulu and Merci are serving an exclusive CNY-themed menu during the holiday, with dishes like dumplings, lamb, spring rolls and seafood stew, alongside cutesy desserts shaped like red firecrackers and lanterns.
Zarah has plenty of festive events planned for the holiday. On January 29, the cafe will host a make-your-own-dumplings reunion dinner where you can mix and match ingredients from an extensive buffet selection to create your own jiaozi. From 6pm-9pm, you can cook and eat as many dumplings as you like, while you enjoy free-flow Chinese cold dishes and live DJs keeping the beats bumping.
On February 2, get to Zarah for a CNY-inspired brunch featuring local specialties such as jianbing, dumplings, Chinese spring rolls, Beijing sweets and more. You’ll also receive lucky hongbaos!
The fun ends with an annual Red Lantern Party, featuring a special combo deal on Jing-A’s Red Lantern IPA and delicious Baozza. Of course, the cafe will be decked out in red lanterns and live DJs will provide the music until late.
Every night is a reason to party at Cafe de la Poste with a chunjie lucky draw where you can win amazing surprises like vouchers and bottles after midnight. Munch on snacks featuring cheese platters, veggie dishes and desserts from the partially open kitchen.
Celebrate Chinese New Year’s Eve at 50/50, where there will be a party featuring new cocktails and punches made with baijiu. There will also be some childhood-favorite snacks and even a few lucky red packets.
Fri Jan 24, 7pm-late; 50/50
This Chinese New Year’s Eve party featuring folk music, hot pot and dumpling-making will be made even more memorable with scenic views at The Brickyard. They are offering a special rate of RMB2,688 for the occasion, which includes private transfers and a Great Wall-view room.
The reservation-only cooking school Black Sesame Kitchen is inviting you to its seasonal Chinese New Year cooking class, to create four popular dishes of the new year’s feast: steamed fish, Chinese meatballs, Napa cabbage-shaped dumplings and sweet rice dumplings. The hands-on experience takes up to two and a half hours, and you can be sure the results will be delicious.
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