With the summer heat glaring down on Beijingers, perhaps it’s time to cool off with a drink or two at a rooftop bar or terrace.
Fortunately, Beijing has got plenty of options, from a Hawaiian-themed establishment to bars with spectacular views of the Forbidden City.
Wherever you choose to cool off in the capital, we hope you can find the time to enjoy a relaxing drink with friends and loved ones over the summer period.
For a bit of luxury outdoors, Amber Lounge is the perfect place to be.
The rooftop bar is an exclusive location ideal for a summertime drink. As well as sumptuous cocktails, you can also enjoy a picturesque view of the Beijing city skyline and even get a peek of the Forbidden City.
Open everyday 2pm-midnight, Amber Lounge.
For a Hawaiian feel this summer, be sure to get yourself to the rooftop Secret Garden at China World Summit Wing.
Located on the sixth floor, the rooftop garden offers a view of the iconic Beijing CBD. Relax al fresco as you enjoy a tropical beverage from the “Tiki Cocktail List,” all mixed by bartenders from Atmosphere Bar.
You can also enjoy a selection of Hawaiian snacks, appetizers and light BBQ bites, all great for sharing.
Don't miss out on the regular live music, perfect for a relaxing evening.
Mon-Fri, 5-9pm & Sat-Sun, 2-9pm, call +86 1085 7164 59 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiries and reservations, Secret Garden, China World Summit Wing, Beijing.
Head to Xian where you can enjoy a cool drink amidst trendy 798 Art District-style architecture.
The Craft Container outdoor bar has a whole variety of craft beers including some of Beijing’s favorites – Jing-A, Slow Boat, NBeer and The Crafters.
Made out of a repurposed shipping container, The Craft Container is the perfect place to enjoy beer in an innovative surrounding.
If it gets a little chilly later on in the evening, just head inside to Xian’s laid-back lounge where you can continue drinking.
Open Tue-Sat, 4-11pm, happy hour 5-8pm with half price on all craft beers, call +86 10 8414 9810 for enquiries, Xian, EAST Beijing.
Head to YUN Summer Lounge, a refined rooftop terrace on the 15th floor of The Peninsula Beijing.
As well as enjoying a spectacular view of the Forbidden City, you can also indulge in hand-crafted cocktails, craft gins, premium whiskeys and fine wines from around the world.
Signature summer cocktails include Flaming Cloud, a scintillating mocktail with beetroot, watermelon and pink grapefruit; Kombucha Mojito, including kombucha paired with tangy Carman orange and fresh mint; Peated Negroni, a classic cocktail with added whisky and a wine base; and Yuzu Tea, a Chinese-inspired fusion of jasmine-infused whisky, yuzu purée, elderflower and pineapple.
Drinks can also be paired with light bites crafted by Executive Chef Shaun Anthony.
Perfect for soirees and evening parties, YUN will fulfil all your summer party needs.
Just to top it off, guests can also book the Rooftop Whiskey Experience, an exclusive evening featuring a variety of highly-prized malt whiskeys accompanied by sumptuous snacks.
Rooftop Whiskey Experience is available each evening and priced at RMB1,588 net per person; summer cocktails are priced at RMB110 each; Mon-Thurs & Sun, 5.30pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 5.30pm-1am, YUN Summer Lounge, The Peninsula Beijing.
A tropical paradise in the concrete jungle.
VIEW Lounge is located in the heart of trendy Sanlitun. The panoramic view of the Sanlitun sunset is not to be missed!
As well as a variety of drinks, guests can also choose from Chinese dishes, Western BBQ, dry-aged steak paired with refined wines and more.
The perfect venue for parties, dates, business functions and more.
[Cover image via Amber Lounge]