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17 Zhang Wang Hu Tong, Jiu Gu Lou Da Jie (Dongcheng)
(86) 010-8400-1554 | www.cafesambal.com
RESERVATIONSRecommended for beds on weekends; phone to book
PRICE (COCKTAILS; WINE)RMB 30-50; RMB 25-40
SIGNATURE DRINKMojitos; sangria
BARYes - chilled-out polished concrete bar; funky industrial-art stools
FOOD SERVED?Yes - fusion tapas
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
In a warren of candlelit semi-private rooms twisted around an open hutong courtyard, beautiful people chill out on cushion-laden antique opium beds and sip cool-as-can-be cocktails. Creatively blending traditional with contemporary, edgy elements like polished concrete floors and bold modern art canvases are played off against the exquisite antique furnishings to create a pulsingly hip vibe. Though there’s a DJ and tiny dance floor, most prefer to let the music wash over them as they loll among the piles of cushions and rugs.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s super relaxed–try chic jeans or a skirt, flats, and a simple trendy top.
GO HERE WITH
A date – for intimate conversation; friends
Chill mix of hipsters, creative types, and in-the-know expats.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Lounging with a mojito in one of the sexy opium beds is a deliciously indolent and atmospheric way to wrap up an evening out in Beijing’s old city. We love the combination of ever-so-hip and chilled-to-the-core.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Typical for a hutong building, it can be pretty chilly and drafty in the winter.
GOOD TO KNOW
Bed can be tough to find. It’s in a tiny hutong neighborhood down a small street that starts on the east side of Jiu Gu Lou Da Jie. If you’re coming on the subway, walk south for about 10 minutes, and look for the entrance to the hutong on your left. If you’re interested in hosting a function here, you can book anything from a single private opium bed to the entire space. International credit cards are accepted, and Wi-Fi is available.
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