More Beijing 'Dirty Bar Street' Businesses Forced to Close

By Noelle Mateer, October 2, 2017

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Above: Sanlitun's 'Dirty Bar Street' under construction.

The Tree is getting the axe. 

The Sanlitun institution is the latest victim of Beijing’s citywide renovations – as are many of its ‘Dirty Bar Street’ neighbors. 

READ MORE: Citywide Renovations Continue to Change the Face of Beijing

Businesses affected by this latest round of closings include La Dolce Vita, Smugglers and Pure Girl Bar. 

The news is hardly surprising to anyone following Beijing’s massive ‘beautification’ campaign, which kicked off in earnest this spring. Much of ‘Dirty Bar Street’ was shuttered in April. And this summer, authorities closed – and subsequently destroyed – Kokomo’s famous rooftop. 

WATCH: Kokomo's Rooftop Bites the Dust

The Tree’s last day of business will be October 15, according to owner Patrick De Smet. 

Read more of our coverage of Beijing's citywide renovations in our in-depth cover story, here, and our interviews with residents affected, here. See a list of Beijing bars and restaurants that have reopened since the closures, here

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