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​​Beijing Wine, Beer & BBQ

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Celebrate China’s craft beer boom and the legecy of rice wine with a local leading the way. Discover local bars that serve outstanding artisan craft beers with an exciting Chinese twist, as well as a hidden bar specializing in traditional sticky rice wine. Then top off your Beijing bar-hopping adventure with a favourite local street snack. Eat, drink and make friends with like-minded drink & food enthusiasts from around the world – what’s not to love?! Ganbei!

Highlights:
  • Taste 7 different traditional style rice wines (including sparkling rice wine) and learn the stories behind what you taste
  • Visit Beijing’s best breweries with a local who knows how to find them
  • Discover old-world Beijing's traditional hutongs amid the city’s urban sprawl
  • Sample the city’s favourite street BBQ from a local vendor
  • Talk to a local who will be more than happy to help you plan the rest of your trip to Beijing

Tour style:Food tour; Beer tour
Inclusions:Local English-speaking guide, 6-7 different type of rice wine, 2 glasses of craft beer at 2 different bars, BBQ dinner (chuan’r kebabs).
Exclusions:Additional food or drinks, transportation to and from the meeting point, souvenirs and personal shopping, tips/gratuities for your guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
Schedule details:
  • Duration:3.5 hours
  • Meeting point:

    Beixinqiao (北新桥) Metro Station (line 5), outside of exit D. 

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  • Start time: 5.00 PM
  • Finish point:

    Beixinqiao (北新桥) near Lama temple. 


Additional information :
  • Voucher exchange details:Please present this voucher to your guide at the beginning of your tour. Save this email on your phone or tablet, or print a copy, as you will need to show this to join the trip.
  • Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
  • Child policy: Travellers under 18 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
  • Language: English

Also runs from:1 Jan 2020 to 31 Dec 2020

Itinerary:

From our meeting point, we will take you on a 10-minute stroll through the old town with its narrow alleys and hutongs  (or traditional houses). In a city full of impressive skyscrapers and big industry, it is refreshing to get lost amongst these narrow alleyways – a link to the city’s fascinating past. 

Our first stop is a bar specializing in rice wine nestled in the old hutongs, featuring quiet surroundings with an elegant touch of Chinese history and art. With its charming vintage wooden beams dating back to the 1970s and a truly local vibe, it's a fantastic venue to taste different rice wines while admiring art and savoring some local history. 

Our next two stops shift the focus to beer. Although they are very close together, these places are worlds apart in terms of design and what they offer. First up is a charming hole in the wall (one of the smallest breweries in town) that just so happens to be producing some of the best craft beer in China.

Next up is a chic affair, very modern-industrial, with concrete floors, massive fermentation tanks, and a delightful rooftop terrace. The pub boasts a constantly changing and expanding selection of custom-made brews, offering a wide range of flavours. 

Our final stop will be for some local BBQ. Chuan’r is the most popular street snack amongst Beijingers; it’s a marinated skewer of meat, traditionally lamb but can now be anything (including veggie). This delicious snack is typically spiced with a combination of cumin, sesame, and pepper flakes and then cooked on make-shift grills - in our opinion, the perfect way to cap off an evening of bar-hopping in Beijing!

Once the tour is over you are welcome to stay for another drink (or two!) and have a chat with your fellow tour-goers to find out their top tips for visiting Beijing. Or ask your in-the-know local guide for more advice on how to get the best out of this remarkable city.


Your trip:

For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.

Tipping:

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid Urban Adventures destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.