Last week we brought you a list of Shanghai's best sports bars, and, in eager anticipation of next week's Super Bowl XLIV, we're heading north, to offer you a list of the top places to watchsports in Beijing.
Much like Shanghai, Beijing is home to a number of expat-friendly sports bars and pubs, and, similarly, you can catch all the big events: Hong Kong Sevens, NBA Playoffs and the French Open at Roland Garros; with ease and comfort.
From Gongti and Sanlitun, to Chaoyang, Dongcheng and Haidian, Beijing has the sports bar for you. Just remember, friends don't let friends play badminton.
Tim's Texas BBQ
Offering an extensive menu of BBQ and Tex Mex favorites, Tim's Texas BBQ is considered by many to be Beijing's finest barbeque restaurant; it's also a great venue to git yer sport on.
Boasting a number of screens, Tim's airs all the big games, and given its convenient location, is popular with the ex-pat community.Best suited for: NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB
How to get there: Take the Beijing Metro to Yonganli station (Line 1)
14 Dongdaqiao Lu, 2 Xiushui, Jianguomen
(010) 6591 9161
All-Star Sports Bar & Grill
A new concept for sports fans and party animals, All-Star Sports Bar & Grill is Beijing's first and only sports bar / nightclub. Decorated with swanky, futuristic furniture, All-Star manages to appeal to the high and low brow at the same time, offering live sports on their 65 flat screen TVs, some of Beijing's finest burgers, and, come sundown, the hip hop stylings of the famed Bling DJs.
Best suited for: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP
How to get there: Accessible by taxi
6 Chaoyang Park Rd. Solana #5-1, Chaoyang Park
(010) 5905 6999
Goose and Duck
More than just a sports bar, the Goose and Duck not only airs live sports, but also brings you closer to your athletic fantasies, offering batting cages, basketball courts and a golf simulator for patrons with an itch to get in the game.
Located near the Tuanjiehu Metro station (Line 10), the Goose and Duck is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, and is consistently rated as one of Beijing's best sports bars.
Best suited for: NFL, MLB, Premier League
How to get there: Take Beijing Metro to Tuanjiehu station (Line 10)
Green Lake International Tower, S1
Fourth Ring Road, Chaoyang Park
(010) 5928 3045
Located near Sanlitun, Paddy O'Shea's is everything you'd expect: dark wood walls, soccer memorabilia galore and plenty of Guinness on tap. With a regular schedule of live sports on their many flat screens, Paddy's offers an extensive menu of traditional Irish bar food, including fish and chips, wings, steaks and burgers, bangers and mash, and stew.
Best suited for: NFL, Premier League, Champions League, Rugby, Cricket
How to get there:
Take the Beijing Metro to Dongzhimen station (Lines 2 & 13)
28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
(010) 6415 6389
Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, The Den is a favorite with Beijing's expat community. Boasting a solid menu of bar classics and constantly airing live sports from around the world, The Den is the perfect place to catch a big game or wind down from a late night out.
Best suited for: Premier League, Champions League, Rugby, ATP
How to get there: Take a taxi
A4 Gonti Dong Lu
(010) 6592 6290
Located at the intersection of the East and North Worker's Stadium roads, Hooters serves classic bar food . . . with a view. Famous for their chicken wings (seriously, they're good, especially with some blue cheese or ranch dressing), Hooters provides a comfortable, familiar environment to watch every big sporting event.
Best suited for: NFL, NBA, MLB, Premier League, NCAA
How to get there: Take the Beijing Metro to Dongsi Shitiao station (Line 2)
Intersection of East and North Worker's Stadium Road
China View Building, Gongti
(010) 6585 8787
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