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7 Rooftop Bars and Restaurants You Don't Want to Miss in Beijing

When it comes to rooftop restaurant/bar experiences, Beijing is not a city to compare with Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore which offer an impeccable view of the glittering skyline. However, as a city with more than 2000 years of history and a large preservation of historical heritages, dining or sipping on the rooftops can be a unique experience with a view of imperial sites, sight on an ancient skyline. Some of them can make a once-in-a-lifetime experience, like gathering your friends and drink on one of the Seven Wonders. Here are some of our recommendations to make your visit to Beijing unforgettable.

Nuage Restaurant

No venue in the city can compare to Nauge when it comes to offering a view of Beijing Style. With a full and splendid sight of Drum Tower and Bell Tower, the tallest historical building in the core of ancient Beijing, the terrace in the heart of Houhai will make you feel like traveling back in the time of 17th Century in China. Set right on the Qiahai Lake, where largest collections of “Hutongs”, a kind of Beijing ally formed by traditional neighborhoods can be found around. Now packed with restaurants and bar, the area is a cultural scenic zone where you can feel Chinese culture at the same time savor yourself with cuisines and drinks from all over the world.

Address:Houhai / Yandai Xiejie / Di'anmen 22 Qianhai Dongyan Xicheng District

Highlights: Historical Skyline,Unique Neighibourhood

Yin on 12 Rooftop Bar at Beijing New World Hotel

YIN on 12 gets its name from the traditional Chinese chop and gets its number from the rooftop perch on Level 12 that offers panoramic views of the capital from inside the bar and on the outside deck. The large amber-like chop and oversized calligraphy brushes at the entrance represent the ancient imperial signatures of kings – so expect to be treated royally when you step inside. With music spun by in-house DJs and soft rock played by local bands, YIN on 12 is a one-of-a-kind setting for sundowners, cocktails before or after dinner, and late-night early-morning drinks.

Address: No. 8 Qinian Street, Chongwenmen, Dongcheng District

Highlights: View of the Forbidden City

Fez Bar

Located in the center of Beijing’s nightlife Center Sanlitun, This stunning Moroccan-themed terrace boost an exotic vibe and offers fancy cocktails which hit the spot before your party start. With a beautiful open-air view on the center of Sanlitun, this is the perfect place for you to have an relaxed drink after a long day or, a place to start a long night.

No.81 Sanlitun North Street, Nali Patio 6th Floor, Chaoyang District

Highlight: Located in the heart of nightlife area, great cocktails

Shang Bar at the Emperor Beijing Qianmen

Located right in front of the Tian’anmen Square, the rooftop venue found itself in a prestige spot with majestic view over the ancient city of Beijing. Being part of a boutique hotel themed with Chinese traditional culture of water, the spacious terrace thematically saturated with waterfalls and topped with a rooftop pool, making it the best bar to go in a hot summer night. The area also worth exploring, converted from an ancient business district, the area is now a concentric display of Chinese culture with hundreds of store selling Chinese traditional products from local snap to Chinese medicine, from fridge magnet in Chinese Style to fine porcelain, you can all find them here. Go deeper in hidden allies, it’s another world with a laidback boutique stores and restaurants.

87 Xianyukou Hutong, Dongcheng District (6701 7790)

Highlight: Pool,Unique Neighborhood

Atmosphere at China World Summit Wing

The highest bar in Beijing located on the 80th floor of China World Tower, Atmosphere is the beacon of style for the discerning who appreciates the finer things in life while unwinding and relaxing.

Set amidst the dramatic backdrop of Beijing’s gleaming skyline, with views offering glimpses of the rooftops of the Forbidden City(from afar), Atmosphere exudes a sense of elegance that complements the artistry of European-style drinks mixing.

Address:80/F, China World Summit Wing, 1 Jianguomenwai Dajie ,Chaoyang District

Highlights: Tallest, Great Cocktail

View from Atmosphere

Terrace Lounge at Commune by the Great Wall

A visit to China is not completed without visiting the Great Wall. Well, a sip after being awed by one of the Seven Wonders could be nicer. Commune by the Great Wall is the place to be.

Comprised of forty villas with 175 suites and eleven Presidential Suites, and three restaurants, Kid’s Club as well as an outdoor pool and tennis court, Commune by the Great Wall is a private collection of contemporary architecture designed by 12 Asian architects on the foot the Great Wall Badaling Section. Terrace Lounge of the venue offers the perfect locale to enjoy a meal while taking in the scenic beauty of the Shuiguan mountains.

View from Some Suites of the Commune

The Great Wall Exit No.53 at Shuiguan G6 Jingzang Highway, Beijing

More information about accommodating by the Great Wall, see our guide:

Your Own Bar on the Top of the Great Wall

Well, “by the Great Wall” sometimes is not enough. The only experience you can experience in Beijing is to have a drink ON THE TOP of the Great Wall, only for you. Bring your friend, colleague and make your own bar on the top of the Great Wall. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to sip on one the Seven Wonders in the World.

Contact us for more details.

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