In the BB33 piece “Readers Writes,” 17 people named their favorite Beijing bars. Here is one of three responses to that piece, as published in the most recent newsletter. (To get the newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Eat, Drink and Be Merry” in the subject line.)
ADAM STEINBERG, director of communications, ASC Fine Wines
The Bookworm: For their customer-friendly wine list, relaxing upstairs outdoor patio, and being THE place in town to find copies of Wine Spectator magazine!
Centro: The BMW of Beijing bars
Souk: Excellent summer venue; Middle Eastern oasis in an otherwise rowdy Chaoyang Park scene
The Pavilion: Best place in town to beat the summer heat with crisp New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc.
Press Club Bar: A bar where just about anyone can imagine being a foreign correspondent on a third overseas assignment.
Cafe Pause: Best place to sip wine while soaking up the Dashanzi atmosphere.
The Saddle: Renowned for its “fishbowl” margaritas, good service and surprisingly good nachos
The original South Sanlitun versions of The Hidden Tree and Durty Nellies: They both captured the energy and freshness of the late 90s Beijing nightlife scene.