The "A Closer Look" series aims to shine a spotlight on the winners of the Beijinger 2016 Bar & Club Awards, to see why they came out on top as voted for by you, our readers.

In this year's Best LGBT Friendly category, Great Leap Brewing took the main prize, as a result of their ongoing and active participation in the LGBT community and their generosity when it comes to donating portions of their takings towards LGBT awareness. In the last year, they not only held an LGBT-friendly Halloween party at their #12 Brewpub, but Great Leap Brewing also organized the Gaymazing Race in collaboration with the Beijing LGBT Center, and also multiple "Dining Out" events, during which revenue from food purchases goes directly to the Beijing LGBT Center.

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The first of two venues to taking claim Outstanding LGBT Friendly venue was Gongti club Destination, the gay dance spot in the city and an absolute must if you're into colorful cocktails and bouncy dance floors (or Sir Ian McKellan spotting). 

The second Outstanding venue was s, one of our favorite cozy hutong spots for its incredible cocktails and a vibe that has never failed to be LGBT-friendly, both in terms of being a safe space, but also in terms of their generous donations to charity events held throughout the city.

Congrats to all our winners and cheers to many more (gay) years to come!

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