If, like us, you have started craving Sunday afternoons at Drum and Bell Bar, which was demolished late last summer, fear not. The venue’s staff, drinks, and happy hour have moved over to another delightful location, complete with courtyard for alfresco drinking. Not quite a rooftop, we know, but unfortunately the hutong demolition gods have no mercy.

Chill Bar has three areas: an inside living room-esque space where comfortable seating with a large table makes for great daytime working. The middle area is a courtyard, perfect for blue-sky days and warm summer nights. The third area is a cozy room with plenty of sofas and comfy seating - great for when summer starts bringing those sudden rains and for a little bit of air-conditioned relief.

But that is not all, because the drinks at Chill are extremely good value. Vedett on tap goes for RMB 30 per pint, and bottled beer and cocktails range from RMB 20 to RMB 45. Of course, there is also wine for those who like to have fermented grape salad for dinner.

One of the crucial successes of Drum and Bell Bar was the Sunday happy hour, which has also made the move and continues to ruin Monday mornings, with an RMB 50 open bar on bottled Tiger and Tsingtao, and mixed drinks from 3-5pm. There really is no better way to end a beautiful Beijing weekend than with an indulgent happy hour coupled with one of their pizzas (RMB 70-80).

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