May 11, 2018
The exclusive Xiu, located on level six of Beijing Yintai Centre, has become a pretty established fixture on Beijing’s ultra-luxe nightlife scene. Overlooking the city’s Central Business District, it’s an attractive terraced space where the beautiful people head to see and be seen. The interior is palatial and gorgeously designed, with five bars and lounge areas (all differently themed) and the rooftop space sleek and stylish (featuring Chinese pavilion-style houses) with great views of the city that really come into their own at night when all those skyscrapers are lit up. There’s space for dancing and live bands make regular appearances, but more sedate types can enjoy the more laid back wine bar area, or even retreat to the smoking space, where wealthy types relax on Art Deco chairs and puff away on their favourite cigars. There’s also a wood fired oven to prepare the venue’s famous Peking Duck. Dressing up is par for the course here; the door policy is tough as they come, so if you fancy joining the fashionable, young crowd to sip some excellent Grand Marnier cosmos you’ll have to make some serious sartorial effort or be famous, which always helps. Thursday’s Girls’ Nights Out are particularly popular so you might want to arrive early if you’re determined to give the place a go, and at the weekend live bands support the DJs to keep the place hopping. If you work in the hospitality, catering or airline business, keep your Sundays free Industry Night offers drinks promotions and live music to those in the trade.