With its black-and-white checkered floors, hardwood bar, and soundtrack of soft jazz music, the Modernista bar could just as well be found tucked away in a Parisian backstreet as a Beijing hutong.
Taiwanese super club Spark has finally opened its doors to the public, and the result is fairly mixed.
V Plus Lounge—the ‘V’ stands for Vics—cries out from the elevator about how damned important it is, with a special bejeweled elevator button, so your finger feels all VIP just pressing it.
The Bali Courtyard bar looks and feels a world away from the usual Sanlitun chaos, and only some cramped spaces belie the fact that this is a conversion and not a bespoke bar area.
Mas (meaning ‘more’) is slap-bang between Dongzhimen and Gulou, an area seriously lacking in serviceable bars
The bar features faux-gold chandeliers, a miniscule dance floor, and overpriced whiskey.
Clubs around Gongti usually follow a similar template: small dance floor, bad sound system; worse music, dice, and Chivas.
Dada bar is a mid-sized DJ club offering cheap drinks.
The interior of Baby Face Bar is designed in such a way that if you haven’t parked yourself at a table...
The Corner Bar has its moments – mainly between 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., when its happy hour serves up 10 RMB Tsingtaos (normally 20 RMB) and the cash equivalent off a more-than-decent drinks range.