The Top 5 Hipster Hangouts in Beijing
Featuring the top 5 hipster hangouts in Beijing…But really. What does it mean to be hipster? It’s a term that has been showing up increasingly in the mainstream vernaculars all over the world. Centered around youth culture, liberal thinking, artistic expression and cultural awareness, the hipster mentality is drastically changing the way that people view the world.
As the hipster attitude is increasing in popularity, it’s carving a niche for itself in the form of business concepts, establishments, and events. Hipsters have made their way to China and now the old district of Beijing is becoming an increasingly more hipster centered. If you want in with the trendy, youthful and innovative scene of this historic city, here is where you’ll find it.
Great Leap Brewing in Little Leap
This microbrewery has multiple locations, but the one in Little Leap seems to be the most popular. It’s quite an institution as its American founder started the craft beer scene in Beijing. The brewery serves classic beers like Pale Ale’s and Porters but makes sure to keep with the culture by adding traditional Chinese ingredients. They have been able to bring beer culture to Beijing while simultaneously using their brews to showcase Chinese culture and history. With a Hu Tong courtyard, a collective of beer enthusiasts and good eats, Great Leap is quite the craft beer hangout.
They have been able to bring beer culture to Beijing while simultaneously using their brews to showcase Chinese culture and history. With a Hu Tong courtyard, a collective of beer enthusiasts and good eats, Great Leap is quite the craft beer hangout.
Chuan Cheng Arts Center
Working with the China Academy of Fine Arts, this center is a multi-functional venue for anyone interested in art. It’s galleries aim to show off the works of younger artists who are creating art that is progressive, unique and shows new perspectives on classical methods. Aside from their art displays, the center often holds events and special exhibits, giving those with an interest in art and culture something to experience while visiting Beijing. The Chuan Cheng Arts Center also offers classes and workshops that aim to teach traditional methods to aspiring artists or anyone interested in spending an evening doing something a little different.
Cycling is a huge trend among the hipster community and as environmental problems are worsened by cars and motorbikes, bicycle use is increasing. Since the hipster crowd seems to be made up of an environmentally conscious and loving group of youngsters, many of them prefer to cycle over owning automobiles. Serk provides a space not only for bike enthusiasts to come and purchase a new ride, but the venue also serves as a café and bar. With the spirit of cycling all around and the bicycling inspired decorations, it proves not only to be an inspiring hang out, but also a place to come if you want to learn more about cycling and get involved.
What would a hipster hangout list be without a place to see the newest and trendiest DJs? Open every night of the week, this bar and music venue gives people the chance to hear new music from both China and around the world, mingle with Beijing’s youth and dance to your heart’s desire. Aside from having rotating DJs, this bar also is known to throw themed events with costumed dress codes and artistic decorations. Unlike most clubs in Beijing, the music here is highly focused on electronic and the inside décor is industrial style.
Also hidden away in the historic Hu Tong district, Mai Bar offers a tiny getaway full of craft cocktails and a fridge of imported bottled beers. While the place may be tiny, it’s really all about the atmosphere and mostly the cocktail creations. While apprenticing at Apothecary, the owner learned how to mix up artistic cocktails and now serves them using only the freshest ingredients. The bar is meant to be a mix of class and affordability, perfect for the hipster crowd who care about quality but typically don’t have large budgets. Drinking cocktails are the main appeal, but the quiet and relaxing atmosphere is what keeps patrons coming back. You won’t find a bumping club setting going on in this classy establishment.
Beijing may be a historical city but under the ancient buildings and decorations is a whole new world emerging. See the up and coming trends, the fashionable city youth and the innovations that are slowly taking over this great place.