So, *Chuck, according to your logic, Cory will have to go without food or drinks during his trip.
Cory, it all depends on what you like. I'm a big fan of Ghost Street for the Sichuan restaurants and overall ambiance. NLGX is another great traditional neighborhood with loads of great restaurants: both domestic and foreign.
In terms of nightlife, Glen is great if you're a fan of whiskey, while Q Bar has a decent crowd and excellent cocktails. Both are in Sanlitun South.
If you dig live music with your drinks, check out Yugong Yishan, Club Obiwan, MAO Live House or D-22.
While I haven't been, Apothecary is a new bar that's been getting props for it's old-timey drinks. Same goes for Lugar (Worker's Stadium).
I dislike Houhai due to it's tout culture. I hate being grabbed by the arm and bothered by bar staff and people trying to sell me stuff.
Cory said, "I'm looking for some good restaurants and places to go for drinks."
Nothing in that statement indicated that he wasn't going to see "glorious places full of their cultures and traditions."
Furthermore, why couldn't you do both? What's wrong with going to the Great Wall, Summer Palace and spending a day strolling throughout this harmonious city and then proceeding to enjoy a nice meal accompanied with a few drinks?
You're projecting animosity.
You didn't give any advice. You just made the assumption that Cory wasn't planning on checking out cultural things and instead was coming to Beijing to party.
Put it this way:
I'm going to Toyko in early-2010. While I'm going to sightsee during the day, I'd still like to know where to grab a decent meal and have a few drinks at night.
That was the point of Cory's question, which you missed entirely.
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