Drum and Bell
With a prime location on the plaza between the Drum and Bell Towers in Gulou, the suitably named Drum and Bell bar is a favorite neighborhood hangout. When it’s hot outside there is no better place to chill than on its tree-shaded rooftop patio looking out over the historic landmarks and the surrounding hútong. There’s even WiFi throughout the bar and up on the roof so you can people watch in the real and virtual worlds while sipping your Chardonnay. Downstairs there is a small wooden bar and several other rooms decorated in Boho chic with mix and match sofas, mirrors and Cultural Revolution propaganda. The Drum and Bell also has a good menu of pub food like pizza, burgers and Caesar salad. This is an ideal spot to while away the late afternoon or grab an early evening drink with friends.