15 years ago, the only Chinese beers anyone was used to cracking open were weak, mass-produced lagers like Tsingtao, Snow or Harbin… Whilst these pair okay with local grub, in the last 5 years, breweries in Sichuan have begun to produce some of the best craft beer in China. Brands like DaoNiang 道酿, GuiShou 鬼手, NBeer, Wild West, Maltseeds, 9 States and Nanmen are leading the way and putting Chengdu on the craft beer map.
Today, Chengdu also has hundreds of bottle shops, and whilst bottled brews are fine, we wanted to showcase the thing that pumps the lifeblood into the craft beer scene – draft. Here are some of the city’s most loved Craft Beer Bars
This cellar-style bar opposite the Poly Center was one of the first craft beer places in town. It offers over 30 beers, including several local brews on tap, bottled Belgium beers, cocktails, and non-alcoholic drinks. It has become somewhat of an institution in the city, and tables often spill out onto the pavement outside in the summer. They also host regular standup comedy and open mic nights.
Chengdu Craft Beers: “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” (2-8pm)
2pm – late.
Jinxiu Road 34 – 7 (Across Poly Center Ping’an bank)
Hugo’s Brewpub was founded in March 2015, out of the passion of three homebrewers. Being different from most of the self-titled “beer experience” bottle shops, they have been focusing on providing the best draft beer experience ever since the beginning. They hold 24 taps and more than half of those taps are constantly rotating with lots of rare and high rating world best brews. As one of the first taproom-style beer bars in Chengdu, they influenced and helped lots of the newcomers, but still reckon they are the NO.1 choice for craft heads in Chengdu when comes to craft beer.
22 Zishan Road， Gaoxin District (Pedestrian street next to Millennium Hotel)
18628067599 / 13558815114
MUG German Bars 马格精酿啤酒餐吧
The MUG bars are traditional German-style beer bars, which produce a beer called Maltseeds. The beer is lighter than your average craft beer, but it’s refreshing and tasty. MUG has a nice outdoor area and several big TV’s showing sports. It’s a good place for enjoying a warm summer night with a cool craft beer and a few friends.
Opening Hours: 9am-2pm
Building 6, Waishuangnan Egret Island Commercial Pedestrian St., Wuhou District
29 Zhaixiangzi, Qingyang District
2 – 1, North Area of Tiexiangsishui St., 699 Tianfuyi Ave., Wuhou District
This was one of Chengdu’s earliest craft beer bars, who brewed their own beer on-site. The Lazy Guy’s beer is now brewed somewhere else – and the bar had a make-over beginning 2019 – but it still retains it’s iconic Chengdu charm, on the little street in Yulin.
165-6 Yulin West Rd, Wuhou – Across a 7 eleven, back door Wangfuhuayuan compound
Tel: ＋86 18502822295
The Paulaner brewery and restaurant is like stepping into Oktober Fest, all year long. This Munich style beer hall serves up German grub and has large fermenters on-site where they brew their own house lager and dark beer. Try the beer, served by ladies wearing dirndl and stay for the pretzels.
武侯区人民南路四段 42 号凯宾斯基饭店
No.42 4th Section South Renmin Road, Wuhou (1F Kempinski Hotel)
Tel: +86 28 8526 9999
Panda Bar Chengdu
This Beijing-based craft beer chain opened its first Chengdu branch at the end of September 2016. They have quite a few brews on tap, which are mostly made in YiYang (Hunan), have bottled beers in the fridges and serve bar food like pizzas, burgers, and ribs – and of course shaokao and local titbits.
Address 1 :
8 American Consulate Road, Wuhou District
No.56 Changrong Road (Fanyue Mall), Wuhou District
泛悦 (Fanyue)：028-85069398 ，领事馆 (Consulate)：028-87468706
Wonderhouse is run by Ian and his wife, and offer a chilled, dog-friendly, beer experience. They have a good selection of craft beer and cocktails – and serve up bar snacks to go with the brews.
Opening Hours: 6pm-1am
40 Huapaifang, 3F Nonly Idea Factory Building A, Jinniu District
No.90-1Shangyehou Street, Qingyang District
Honey and Malt
Honey & Malt in Tongzilin opened at the end of December 2016 – and has one of Chengdu’s most impressive domestic craft beer selections. With over 20 beers on tap, they have the potential to pour up to 30 different types of beer, and their modern system keeps different pressures and temperatures correct for each keg. The windows open up on the front of the shop – so you can sit and watch the world go by, with a local brew.
Opening Hours: 5pm-Late
No. 20-8 Tongzilin East Road, Wuhou
Shark Craft Beer Bar
This low key hang-out in the high tech zone, has a wide range of craft beer and a full range of Lindemans beer on tap, which is unusual in Chengdu. They also have a good range of bottled beers and have beer snacks.
No 316 Tianjiunan Valley, High-tech
Wild West Brewery Taproom (Jinli)
Wild West is one of Sichuan’s fastest-growing craft beer brands which you can now try at several locations in the city. For the full experience head to their taproom in Jinli – and experience the beers brewed out in Qionglai. Because of the location, it’s a hotspot for tourists and locals alike with an abundance of traditional Sichuanese arts, crafts, and snacks in the area. Try their China White – it’s brewed with Sichuan pepper which adds a subtle floral perfume to the beer.
34 ZhangWuJie, Wuhou District,(Jinli Ancient Street)
Wild West Yulin
If you want to avoid the hoards of tourists, but still try Wild West’s beers – head to their little Yulin shop, where they do some of their distribution.
No.32 Yulin Middle Road, Wuhou District
This trendy Taikoo Li hotspot offers 36 draft beers from world-class and domestic breweries – and have hundreds of bottles on the menu. Foam Ranger Taproom, is built to celebrate the craftsmanship and brewing, bringing traditional and new methods of brewing together with a variety of worldwide brands, providing a revolutionary new brewing generation for local consumers to experience craft beer. They focus on humanity, concentrate on craft, oppose industrial production techniques and aim to awaken the soul of the wandering spirit. It’s the perfect place to escape the crowds at Chengdu’s Taikoo Li. They also offer good food.
Opening Hours: 10am-1.30am
L2-2316 [entrance on 2nd floor in alley up Blue Frog]. 8 Middle Zhongsha Mao street, Chengdu Sino-Ocean TaiKoo Li
Above the Cloud Taproom
Above the Cloud taproom is in the high tech zone South and is a contemporary craft beer bar, with a little Japanese Flavor. They serve Japanese food and have a big screen for people to come and chill out whilst they enjoy their brews. They have over 30 different kinds of taps with funky names that people will never expect.
No. 105-107, Xiangnanli building 1, 669 WanXiangLi South Road, Gaoxin
Nanmen Craft Brewery
Nanmen craft brewery was established by head brewer Rosly Schofield and his partner Lordrew in 2018. Located in Tongzilin and loved by locals and the international community, they have been serving the people of Chengdu craft beer made by their brew team and amazing American craft food. Making great beer is their passion, and they aim to make the finest beer in town, and they are on their way. They have a great terrace and do good American style food.
Opening Hours 5.30pm-2am
6 Tongzilin Road, Wuhou District
Beer Animal Taproom
Beer Animal Taproom is run by FangFang – whos seriously knows his beer. They have frequent guest taps, from local breweries, as well as award-winning world beers. This lively spot is well located near lots of other (messier) bars in the Soho building – so a good place to begin a big night out.
Happy Hours： Buy 2 got 1 for free before 9pm
4/2F SOHO Building, 60 Kehua North Road, Wuhou District
This retro little bar in Jiuyanqiao is popular with the after-work crowd, looking to unwind after a long day. Keep an eye open for No. Bar’s specials – as they often have surprise additions on the menu, like emerald green beer.
Opening Hours: 6.30pm-2.30am
No.7, Building 3, Cape of Good Hope Square, 2 South 1st Section, 1st Ring Road, Wuhou District
M99 offers over 1000 different kinds of beers from more than 30 countries around the world. This noisy, help-yourself, casual bottle shop also have spicy local snacks. The newer stores have craft beer taps.
Opening Hours: 10am-2am
116 2nd Building Fanyue Mall, 58 Changrong Street, Wuhou
Floor 1, Building 1, Lemmon Metropolis, 4th section of 2nd Ring Road South, Wuhou
8-10 Floor 1, Building A, No.838 Shengzhi Street, UPARK High-tech Zone
30A-C Floor 1 Zhongliangyunyue Street, No. 210-1, Tonghui Road, Jinjiang
Floor B1, Fortune Festival, No. 2 Fuqing Road Section 2, Lijiatuo, Chenghua
电话 Tel：40084 99519
04 Zhuojinman Shopping Center, No. 2 Fengshu Street, Jinjiang District
电话 Tel：40084 99519
Zinnbach Beer Bar
The Zinnbach Beer Bar is run by several brewers from Shandong – and have many of their own beers on tap. If the beer isn’t enough to bring you over, they also serve good food – try their baked fish, it’s cooked in craft beer!
No.21, 1F, Building 1, Jinnanshiguang, No.432Jinyang Road, Wuhou
This Yulin bar, is right next door Chengdu’s iconic Little Bar. Despite its small size – they have a decent amount of taps and has a cool, authentic vibe.
Opening Hours: 7.30pm-2am
No.45 Yulinxi Road, Wuhou
This bar in the City’s funky East Memory Suburb has craft beer from Chengdu brand N.Beer. They play swing music, and have board games – so if you fancy venturing east, check it out.
Eastern Memory No.3 Zhongyang Ave. Chenghua
When we asked craft beer venues, for a description of their bars, we received some quite creative submissions, but this was one of the most conceptual: “We are space, extending. Not only do we sell craft beer, but we are also space explorers. [we] hope to create more interesting space
.” This bar is on a street with lots of great local snacks, so make sure you go hungry.
Opening Hours: 10.30am-2.00am
No.2-1 Xiao Tong Xiang, Qingyang
In 1996, the suburbs were nothing more than open streets, with the occasional waste collector riding by on their bicycles and ringing their bells. Until 87 Club opened, which was one of the first bars in Yulin. It is now 23 years old – so stop by for a little slice of Yulin History.
87 Yulin West Road, Wuhou
Zijing East road is an ever-moving conveyor belt of bar and restaurant openings – and next door the recently closed Period Table, 1/2 has opened. Half coffee, half beer – they also offer whiskey and cocktails. If photos for your WeChat moments are important for you, this might just be the bar for you.
16 Zijing East Rd, Wuhou District
Mercedes Me • Brew Haus
Mercedes-Benz’s new bar on the edge of Taikoo Li- has a couple of types of German-style craft beer made on the premises. The beer flows around the beautiful 3 story building in copper pipes, and if you get pecking, you can check out their fine dining restaurant on the top floor.
1113c, No. 8 Zhongshamao Street, Jinjiang District, Chengdu Sino-Ocean TaiKoo Li
This bar frequently hosts guest taps and offers up spicy local food.
No. 66-112, First Jinji West Street, Wuhou district (1st Floor, Hall C, Jinnantian Street, Longhu)
This Yulin based cocktail, coffee, whiskey, and craft beer bar – also have a tattoo studio in the back… In case you were looking to get really loose.
No.165 -25 Yulin West Road, Wuhou
Yoyo’s Beer Lab 玩啤
This taproom stocks craft beer from one of Chengdu’s lesser-known brewers; Guishou (Devil’s hand), who make really good beer. They also have spicy local snacks to pair with their punchy IPA and mellow Guishuo wheat.
No.2-7 Lidu Road , Wuhou
This boutique craft beer house has just opened on Chunxi Road in Chengdu. The beers mostly come from Taiwan, so bring with them the unique taste of the island.
Mon-Thur,Sun 10:00-23:30 Fri. &Sat 10:00-01:30
101/1F 8Chunxi rd South Section, Jinjiang
Marrying Beyonce was the best thing JZ had done until he opened a taproom in Chengdu… This pocket-sized bar is perfect for small groups – with around 10 beers on tap, and thoughtful, intimate service.
Fri. &Sat 15:00-2:00
32 Xiaotong Ally, Qingyang
Cloud 9 云九
Opened middle of August 2019, so we’ve yet to check it out. Have you paid them a visit yet? Let us know in the comments.
14 Xiaotong Ally, Qingyang