Centro

Beijing-City-Center

4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

You'll need a hefty wallet to do justice to this high-end bar and lounge at the Kerry Hotel. Although, to be fair, the prices might be high but so is the quality...

You’ll need a hefty wallet to do justice to this high-end bar and lounge at the Kerry Hotel. Although, to be fair, the prices might be high but so is the quality, and though the crowd it attracts is rather inevitably a mix of well-off locals and visiting tourists with plenty of cash to spend, it’s a surprisingly relaxing place to unwind with a glass of something delicious in hand. The drinks are excellent, with a huge drinks menu that is regularly altered and updated, to keep things fresh and interesting. The bar staff really know their stuff – try the tequila-based Cha Chao and we’re sure you’ll agree. The décor is sleek, all mirror-smooth surfaces and stylish design touches (even the carpet is branded), the lighting is flatteringly low and the atmosphere exudes hotel bar sophistication without the clinical, soulless nature that hotel bars can sometimes have. There’s live jazz every night to keep the vibe suitably mellow and if you’re lucky you might even spot a celebrity, as the place has been known to attract local figures as well as famous out of towners (apparently Manchester United stay in the hotel when visiting whether you think that’s a good or a bad thing will likely depend on your football allegiance). There’s a restaurant in the hotel, too (named, not very originally, Kerry’s Kitchen) if you want to eat and drink without leaving the environs. But for most people especially those who find the prices a bit much for more than a drink or two we’d say it’s a great place to start your evening before moving on to somewhere a little less pricey.

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