Hidden Pleasures: Beijing's Best Speakeasies | Jessica Benavides Canepa | Journalist | Food. Luxe. Travel

Hidden Pleasures: A Look at Beijing’s Best Speakeasies

Ichikura Bar Beijing

Ichikura Bar Beijing

SOCIETE PERRIER: Inspired by America’s sinfully glamorous Prohibition era, Beijing’s modern speakeasies are stylish venues with hard-to-find locations that add to their intrigue. Drinks are plentiful, the lights are dim and the conversations are intimate — just what you’d expect from a hideaway. Below, a few of the Chinese capital’s standout speakeasies.

Janes and Hooch

The Location: A former industrial mess hall with a nondescript, unmarked entrance in the lively Gongti Bei Lu area.

The Scene: A fashionable mix of young, local and expat professionals.

The Music: Classic jazz and blues in a sleek, urban, candle-lit setting so authentic, you’d expect Al Capone to walk in.

The Cocktail: The Chicago Fizz — a dangerous blend of rum, ruby port, citrus, gomme syrup and egg whites.
Interesting Fact: Less than a year old, this stunning bar was named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s best new bars of 2013.


The Location: Underground, behind a faux-brick wall of Stadium Dog (a hot-dog shack) located at the football arena, Workers Stadium.

The Scene: The stylish décor of the high-ceiling venue attracts young, trendy locals ranging in age from 20 to 30 years old…(full article)


A Chinese tribute to a once-forbidden pastime.

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Published at Societe Perrier on October 10th 2013

Photo Source: Courtesy of Ichikura and Janes & Hooch

Author: Jessica Benavides Canepa

Jessica is a freelance journalist focusing on international travel, fashion, luxury, eco culture & women's issues. She has lived and/or traveled to 50+ cities around the globe. Published work has appeared at BBC Travel, Jetsetter, Nat Geo, CNN travel, Viator, Societe Perrier and Hemisperes.

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