Glen Boutique Bar
Continuing the Japanese-style cocktail and whiskey trend is the appropriately named Glen Boutique Bar at the south end of Sanlitun. Pull up a bar stool and gaze out of the floor-to-ceiling windows or watch the master bartenders at work. The art of bartending came to Japan at the end of the nineteenth century and they have made it a culture of its own. The finesse with which Glen’s Japanese bartenders use an ice pick to create impeccably round balls of ice or the signature Hard Shake is a wonder to behold. There are 200 whiskeys on offer, including Dalwhinnie, Lagavulin, and 100 Proof Springbank, about which the staff is very knowledgeable. Drinks are served in Baccarat crystal glasses and regulars can even store their preferred glassware with the bar. We recommend sitting at the bar to watch the bartender’s performance art but there are also decadent, brown leather sofas just right for an intimate evening set to mellow jazz music.