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AMBIANCEContinental Wine Bar
PRICE (WINE; COCKTAIL)RMB 35-45; RMB 30-50
YEAR OPENED2004 (renovated in 2010)
SIGNATURE DRINK"Aperitivo Cocktail"; European wines
BARYes - relaxed, modern bar with comfortable seating
FOOD SERVED?Yes - light menu of Euro-style salads, sandwiches, and mains
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
On summer afternoons, well-heeled expats flock for Aperitivo’s chic continental vibes, sophisticated wine list, and shady patio. After the sun goes down, the slick, newly renovated interior space (featuring smooth, blond wood floors, cushy orange banquettes, and a mod bar) makes a stylish spot for late-night conversation and cocktails.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
It’s casual–a cute skirt or jeans, flats, and a hip top should do the trick.
GO HERE WITH
A date; friends
WHY WE LIKE IT
The perfect balance between laidback and sophisticated. This is an ideal spot for a long catch-up with a friend or a quiet nightcap.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The service can be lackadaisical (perhaps channeling a more laissez-faire, European vibe?).
GOOD TO KNOW
Taxis may have trouble finding it–Aperitivo is tucked away next to Tongli Studio on a tiny pedestrian street just behind the 3.3 Mall and just north of the Village at Sanlitun. If your driver is stumped, hop out anywhere in the Sanlitun area, and it should only take you about five minutes to walk here. International credit cards are accepted, and Wi-Fi is available.
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