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Go drinking
Sanlitun is still the hedonistic centre of Beijing’s nightlife, though good watering holes are also found around the Drum Tower. Mingle with expats at the Den (A4 Gongti Donglu), one of Beijing’s oldest bars – good for sports and cheap beer – or head to Latino-themed Salud for superb sangria and homemade infused rums. Sip a sunset drink at the atmospheric courtyard of the Drum and Bell, or lounge around with a blue cheese martini at the smart Centro.  

Go to bed
Rest your weary head amidst the chic minimalism of the Opposite House, sink down onto a handmade Chinese silk bed, surrounded by traditional wall murals inside the 500-year old hutong residence of Hotel Côté Cour SL, or bed down amid the marble and wood at the St Regis, blissed out after a spa session.  Alternatively, go to Bed – the stylish bar where you recline on one while snacking on the Asian finger food.


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