The leaves are changing, the weather is getting cooler, and the smell of roasted chestnuts from local vendors is in the air; Beijing’s autumn is here!
The arrival of fall marks the perfect time to get cozy in some of Beijing’s snuggest spots and enjoy fall-inspired fare.
From specialty autumn cocktails and irresistible fondue, to stylish Sichuan-inspired dishes and modern French eats, there’s food and drink to match your mood.
Come hideaway in one of these comfy locales this fall in Beijing.
What could be cozier than a secret speakeasy bar? Wow your friends or a date by taking them to Confidential, a cocktail bar that’s hidden behind a “barbershop.”
Visitors need to find and press the button to enter inside. Located just up the road from Shuangjing area’s well-known burger joint Plan B, Confidential features delectable cocktails and a variety of live music nights that are sure to warm your spirit on a chilly night.
Confidential, Courtyard 32, Beijing 22 International Art Plaza, Pingod Community, Chaoyang District朝阳区苹果社区二十二院街艺术区32号院
Located in Beijing’s Embassy district, Bistro 108 is ready to serve you casual French dining with an elegant flare.
With both an indoor space plus an insulated outdoor terrace, it’s the ideal spot for a gathering in the cold weather, glass of wine in hand.
Bistro 108 also offers a weekly business set lunch; with two courses at RMB118 and three courses at just RMB138, it’s the perfect excuse to get outside during the workday.
Bistro 108, 104 Cao Chang Plaza, 19 Tianze Lu, Chaoyang District朝阳区天泽路19号草场商业广场一层104室 (美国大使馆对面)
Tucked into the Gulou hutongs, Nina is an intimate bar where you can hideaway from the nippy weather while enjoying one of their divine cocktails.
Their autumn menu features the classic cold-weather favorite the Hot Toddy, as well as other specialties like the Bee’s Knees – a prohibition era cocktail that features a gin sour with honey and a splash of orange juice; and the Penicillin – a drink that puts together Scottish whiskey, honey and home made ginger syrup, topped with just a barspoon of smoky whiskey.
Nina, 66 Beiluogu Xiang Dongcheng District东城区北锣鼓巷66号
If you’re more of a beer lover than cocktail fan, Superfly’s new offer is for you. Inside Sanlitun’s Opposite House hotel, you’ll find the delightfully spicy Superfly gastro-bar.
Known for their Sichuan-inspired cuisine, they also take drinks to the next level with bespoke Asian craft cocktails.
Their latest autumn special invites you to join their BFF nights, or Beer Free Flow, which means that every Friday night, beer is on free flow for two hours for RMB148.
Come drink and be merry while listening to retro beats.
Superfly, 1/F, The Opposite House, 11 Sanlitun Road Chaoyang District朝阳区三里屯路11号三里屯太古里北区瑜舍酒店一层
La Maison Lyonnaise 法国里昂餐厅
What could warm you up better than a giant bowl of cheesy goodness? We’re talking about all-you-can-eat fondue every Tuesday at La Maison Lyonnaise. At just RMB358, it’s a steal.
You can also enjoy their other classic French dishes, weekly lunch sets, and expansive wine selection while you get cozy and warm.
(And bonus for the ladies, every Wednesday after 4pm, you can get a RMB10 glass of sparkling wine with every food order.)
La Maison Lyonnaise, 44 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District朝阳区光华路44号
Longtime beloved Beijing pub The Local recently remodeled, now sporting a new white, orange and mint-colored decor that feels fresh and modern but keeps all the same feelings of your friendly neighborhood pub.
Slide into a comfy booth and join in for their weekly events and specials, that include Tuesday Trivia, Taco Tuesday, Wings Wednesday, and Fishbowl Friday.
(And if you don’t know what that is, come find out.)
The Local, 1/F, 101, Courtyard No. 4, Gongti Beilu Chaoyang District朝阳区工体北路4号院80号楼E区东南侧第一间101一层
Indulge in mouthwatering modern French food at the Peninsula Beijing’s Michelin-starred restaurant Jing.
Their new autumn dish, the New Zealand Langoustine Tartare, is incontournable (or ‘unmissable’), according to their Chef William. It features a layer of raw langoustines that is served with eight-year Oscietra caviar to enhance the seafood's natural sweet notes.
Dots of sour cream and pea purée are balanced with fresh herbs, yuzu and lime zest to complete the remastering of a seasonal French classic.
Jing,The Peninsula Beijing, 8 Jinyu Hutong Dongcheng District 东城区金鱼胡同8号王府半岛酒店