SHANGHAI | 20 Dec, 2020
Best Wine Bars in Beijing Spotted
Beijing offers an impressive amount of options for an unparalleled drinking experience.
Beijing has been the host of stylish wine bars, ranging widely in quality food, selection of wine and overall authenticity. An appreciation for imported wine has been on a rise in the Chinese wine market. Wineries and wine brands from some of the finest wine-making regions are finding their way into the world of wine in Beijing to give the locals a taste of their juices. As the wine culture continues to spread, Chinese people continue to look for places to enjoy wine.
If you are looking for a place to unwind after a long day of exploring Beijing or a place for a business meeting; here are some of the options that are raising the ante for Beijing’s wine bar scene.
BuonaBocca is an Italian influenced wine bar and restaurant offering Beijingers a unique taste of Italy. The wine offered at BuonaBocca is known as high-quality Italian vino. Huge windows fill the restaurant with natural light. As for the decor, the furniture has a modern vibe with subtle, colorful designs. Dishes range from bites of ham, salami to massive platters suitable when you are in groups. You can even nab seats on the terrace.
Location: 1/F, Building 4, ShoukaiBojunXingfuSancunSixiang, Xingdong Lu, Beijing, China.
2. Vin Vino
This Japanese style wine bar is located down the street in Maizidian.
It is a tiny wine bar offering a large selection of by-the-glass and bottle wines, alongside a short menu of tapas. The food here is influenced by both western and Japanese cuisine. They also offer a list of wine-based cocktails. The decor is simple and inviting, which includes hardwood tables and benches perfect for swirling and sipping. The adorable atmosphere and friendly staff make the experience one to remember.
Location: VinVino, 1/F DonggongBeili, 15 NongzhanguanBeilu, Beijing, China.
Aria offers guests a chic atmosphere for modern and stylish dining, complemented by an extensive selection of fine wines. Sip wine amidst its stunning bar featuring live music and if you are in the mood of having contemporary European and fusion-style cuisine, head straight to its second level restaurant which combines style and decor in equal measure for cozy seating. The China World Hotel’s award-winning Aria Bar is a great place to talk business or just relax and chat. Happy hour offering half-price drinks runs from 6 pm to 8 pm every day.
Location: 2/F, China World Hotel, 1 JianguomenwaiDajie, Chaoyang District, China.
This Shanghai transplant is an ideal place to unwind after a long day in a candle-lit intimate setting. The bar is warm and cozy offering a reasonably large selection of wine, but don’t rule out the food: a simple menu of dishes is designed to pair with the wines. You can learn more by asking the staff here, as they are keen about sharing their vast knowledge about wine with the guests.
Location: D405, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Lu Chaoyang District, China.
Mei Bar is built on a lounge concept that covers all the bases with a cocktail bar, wine bar, and whiskey bar. There is something different for everyone in each of these bars. With fresh attitude, sleek design, multifaceted space and killer menu; Mei at Rosewood Beijing is presenting itself as an eclectic nightlife venue, whether you’re looking for a wild night on their dance floor or just to spend time with close friends. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Beijing skyline out on the terrace during summers, and in the winter, the warm and cozy fireplace is exactly what you need.
6. Red Dog
Red Dog is located in the basement of Soho’s southeast corner. Tucked underneath the stairs on the quieter side of the sprawling complex, it can easily be missed out from the outside. Upon entering it’s a completely different story. It is a colorful and vibrant place with a spacious bar and lounge. The interior has tiled floors, funky portraits, and floral prints. It has an extensive wine list which intrigues taste buds. Red Dog is a great place to meet interesting people who share a common love and passion for wine.
Location: B1-538 Building 5, The Southernmost of Sanlitun SOHO Lower Ground Floor, Beijing, China.
7. Scarlett Wine Bar and Restaurant
If you like to enjoy your wine surrounded by pretty young things in an uber-trendy environment, head to Scarlett. A bar at luxury boutique establishment Hotel G, Scarlett Wine Bar & Restaurant is known for its tasty French cuisine and extensive wine list. There are more than 80 wines offered here, and all are enjoyed in luxe, stylish setting. That it’s a highly stylish place comes as no surprise, since the hotel sits in the Gongti area, home to some of Beijing’s most popular clubs.
Vinotheque is a beautifully designed wine bar within the Kerry Hotel and offers retail and dining services, featuring a diverse list of wines including well-established chateau, boutique producers and wine by the glass served from an Enomatic Wine Dispenser. The staff members are always on their toes to help you out in picking the perfect wine for you from their wine list. Vinotheque is your perfect spot for an after-work drink. Since it is situated near Beijing’s business district, the wine bar is a bit pricier. Although the Wine & Cheese party where different types of local and international cheeses from around the world paired with wines selected by the sommeliers makes it worth it.
Location: 1/F, Kerry Hotel Beijing, 1 Guanghua Lu, Beijing, China