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This lounge bar set the original standard for mixed cocktails in the capital, and it remains ever-popular. Don't be put off by the shabby interior of the hotel that houses Q Bar. Once you emerge on the top floor, you're in an oasis of style, dim lighting, and good music. A long bar is set against windows with panoramic views. The expansive rooftop seating, with its comfy booths, is a huge draw during warmer months. DJs spin lounge and house music most nights. The crowd is a mix of Beijing's old-timers and young professionals. The excellent martinis (try the lychee-flavored one or the Q Bar Mintini) are joined by an extensive cocktail list. Prices are comparable to other top spots in town. The bar also stocks an extensive range of single malt Scotches as well as Irish and American whiskeys, for those who prefer their drinks straight up.