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Spring is here – sort of – but it’s time to leave your cave and rejoin the world outside. Here’s a guide to Beijing’s best sports teams, best sports bars, sports massages, and for those of you who prefer mental sports: pub quizzes!

Sports Clubs

Beijing Peloton Pan-asian expat group of road bike cyclists (mountainbikes also welcome) has rides in four levels, according to fitness, speed and length of ride. Rides are every Saturday and Sunday, and membership covers shuttle bus fees starting from the TREK store Chaoyang Park. Contact tom@thebeijingpeloton.com or call 13910280053.

Beijing Gaelic Football Club 爱尔兰足球 Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm at Chaoyang Park and Sundays from noon-2pm at WAB. Beginners welcome. www.beijinggaa.org

Beijing Hash House Harriers The harriers take to the streets every week in search of beer, exercise, and as much fun as possible. The group meets each Sunday at 2:30pm but dates and times can vary. Runs usually last an hour, covering 7-10 km. Sign up on their site for the weekly email. www.hash.cn

International Friends Football Club Join an existing team or create your own. The match fees help pay for referees. Check out the website for information about membership, teams, and fees. (157 1005 0115) www.iffc1994.com

Mashup Sports Mashup recreates that college feel with organized basketball, bowling, dodge ball, flag football, and tennis. www.mashupasia.com

SinoScuba This respected scuba diving school offers PADI courses in English and Chinese, and periodically organizes diving trips in China and overseas. www.sinoscuba.com

Badminton Every Sunday at 10am. Contact John at johnsk@hotmail.com

Women’s Lacrosse Every Sunday at 10am. Equipment is provided and the cost of the pitch is shared.  Contact Fiona at fionaboyl66@hotmail.com

Heyrobics Music, laughs, and even some exercise. Every weekend in Chaoyang Park and other locations. Sign up for their newsletter at www.heyrobics.com

Nia Fusion fitness that combines the classic movement forms of yoga, modern dance, Duncan dance, jazz, aikido, taichi, taikwando, and Feldenkrais and Alexander techniques. Check out their schedule at www.niachina.com.

Flag Football Every Sunday at 3pm in Chaoyang Park. Contact Yoyao Hsueh at yoyaoh@gmail.com or 15900120 2499 for more information.

Beijing Ducks Water Polo The Beijing Ducks practice on Sundays from 2-4pm at ISB. For more info, email stephanie.hsiao@gmail.com.

Ladies Golf Beijing Ladies Golf – Comprised of different nationalities of ladies who share a love for golf. All golf enthusiasts are welcome to play every Thursday at courses around Beijing. beijingladiesgolf@gmail.com . www.beijingladiesgolf.org.

Beijing Devils Rugby 7.15pm every Tuesday. Weekly Rugby training takes place out at Dulwich Legend Gardens in Shunyi, with a bus leaving at 7.15 from the Den.

China Club Football Football for all. See www.clubfootball.com.cn for more information.

Beijing Volleyball Established in 1999, this club plays competitive volleyball games once a week at a court near Houhai. Ability levels range from intermediate to advanced, so new players are encouraged to try out first. Sessions cost RMB 30. beijing_volleyball@hotmail.com

Beijing Sport and Social Club (Beijing SSC) For volleyball players who are less into the glory of the sport and more into post-game Tsingtao. SSC meets for volleyball, dinner and beer on the first Wednesday of each month at different locations in Chaoyang. beijingssc@gmail.com, www.beijingssc.com

Equuleus International Riding Club 天星调良国际马术俱乐部 This four-star riding center teaches students of all levels dressage and jumping. A variety of packages are available. Tue-Sun 7am-noon, 2-6pm. 91 Shunbai Lu, Sunhe Town (north of and parallel to Xiang Jiang Beilu), Chaoyang District (6432 4947) 朝阳区孙河镇顺白路91号香江北路北

Beijing Hikers The Beijing Hikers Club has been organizing hikes in the hills around Beijing every weekend since 2001. Advance reservations necessary. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm. Rm 601, Bldg 2, Xinhualian Ligang, 26 Jiuxianqiao Zhonglu, Chaoyang District (6432 2786) 朝阳区酒仙桥中路26号新华联丽港2号楼601室 www.beijinghikers.com

Sports Bars

Schiller’s 大明西餐厅 Crowded with both locals and expats, this well-known long-running restaurant and sports bar serves German-style specialties and beer. Happy hour is daily 5-8pm, buy-one-get-one-free. Sports fans have raved about the affordable drinks and amazing food. Daily 9am-1am. 1 Liangmahe Nanlu (south of Capital Mansion), Chaoyang District (6464 9016) 朝阳区亮马河南路 1号京城大厦南

Union Bar and Grille 优年美式餐厅 Union Bar and Grille is a great place to go when you are craving barbecues and burgers. Great atmosphere, fantastic staff, and being surrounded by the intentionally well decorated interior, you are going to be a frequenter. Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-midnight. S6-31, 3/F, Bldg 6, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6415 9117) 朝阳区 三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区6号楼 3层S6-31

Green Cap 爱尔兰老人酒吧 Situated between Shunyi and Lido, Green Cap welcomes sports lovers and those looking for a relaxed evening. Irish stews, three screens showing live sports and events like quiz nights all contribute to its popularity. Tue-Sun noon-late. Beside Western Academy of Beijing, Laiguangying Donglu (off the Airport Expressway), Chaoyang District (186 1174 7939) 朝 阳区来广营东路 (北京京西学校旁边) thegreencapbar@gmail.com

The Stumble Inn Eat, Sport and Love. That is what this famous Sanlitun Village pub is all about. The pool table, dart boards and flat-screen TVs are found upstairs. Be sure to check out their quiz night. Daily 10am-2am. S3-31, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 7794) 里屯路19号三里屯Village南区3号 楼3层S3-31 www.stumbleinnbeijing.com/home.html

The Irish Volunteer This Irish-themed pub is a nice spot for Lido locals and expats. It comes highly recommended for its clean and comfortable environment and the attentive staff. A pint of Guinness will set you back RMB 60, a Carlsberg a mere RMB 25. Daily 9am-2am. Jiangtai Lu (opposite the east gate of the Lido Hotel), Chaoyang District (6438 5581) 朝阳区高家园小区平房311号 (丽都饭店东门对面)

Hooters 美国猫头鹰餐厅 If you are craving buffalo wings and big jugs of beer, Hooters should be on your radar. This American sports restaurant embraces its infamous theme with enthusiastic waitresses delivering beer, wings, burgers, quesadillas, jalapeno chili cheese fries, and more. Daily 11am-1am. Rm 201, Bldg 1, China View, intersection of Gongti Bei and Donglu, Chaoyang District (6585 8787) 朝阳区工人体育场东路和工人体育场北路交接口,中国红街1号201 www. hooterschina.com

Paddy O’Shea’s Beijing’s most genuine Irish pub, Paddy O’Shea’s has stolen the hearts of pub and sports fans alike. Equipped with lots of high-quality audio screens for showing sports events and a friendly English speaking staff, it’s a consistently good place to meet up or catch a game. Quiz-nights every Wed. Daily 10am-late. 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6415 6389) 朝阳区 东直门外大街28号 www.paddyosheas.com

The Den 敦煌 Tasty food, reasonable priced beers, cheerful staff, and three TV screens showing different sports. They also have a solid happy hour with half-priced pizza and drinks (daily from 5-10pm). Daily 24hrs. 4 Gongti Donglu (next to City Hotel’s main entrance), Chaoyang District (6592 6290) 朝阳区工体东路4号城市宾馆正门旁边

The Pavillion Featuring one of the best sound systems in Beijing, this white-washed lounge caters to both sports lovers and late-night crowds. Regular live music fills the night air, and their veranda is the perfect place to spend a lazy summer’s night. Daily 10am-2am. Gongti Xilu (opposite west gate of Workers’ Stadium), Chaoyang District (6507 2617) 朝阳区工体西路 (工人体育场西门对面)www.pavillionbeijing.com

Sports Massages

Long Island Massage and Spa 长岛健身 This large establishment offers Chinese and Thai-style massage and reflexology, including a Thai Body Retreat Massage (RMB 428 for 90 minutes) that originated in Thai Royal palace and that uses deep tissue, pressure points, and stretches to reduce stress and stimulate the nerve meridians of the body, and a Spine Pro Massage (RMB 388 for 60 minutes) which uses herbal oil to massage the shoulders and upper and lower back. The therapist then adjusts the joints of your spine, and stretches the tendons of your whole body. 1) Daily 11am-2am. 14A Guanghua Lu (5/F, Nuo’an Bldg, southwest of the Kerry Centre), Chaoyang District (5130 9718, 6591 6247) 朝阳区光华路甲14号(嘉里中心西南侧诺安大厦5层)2) Daily 11am-1am. B1/F, Jiahui Center, 6 Jiqingli, Dongcheng District (6551 6112/13) 东城区吉庆里6号佳汇中心地下1层

Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa 东方大班保健休闲会所 The Oriental Taipan Massage and Spa is well known as a destination for those in need of an oasis of relaxation, but their Oriental Taipan Signature Massage (RMB 198 for 60 minutes), which focuses on the meridians of the body and improves lymph node drainage, is great for helping your body recover quickly. For those not inclined to exercise, a fat-burning bath (RMB 300 for 30 minutes) is also available. 1) Daily 12pm-2am. Rm 101, Bldg B, Winterless Center, 1 Xidawang Lu, Chaoyang District (6538 8086) 朝阳区西大望路1号温特莱中心B座101 and locations at Financial Street, Sunjoy Mansion, Xindong Street, Lido and Central Park. See www.taipan.com.cn for addresses and specials.

Kocoon While not specifically a sports massage, Kocoon’s Aroma Hot Stone Full Body Massage (RMB 685 for 100 minutes) will melt away any stress or tension, no matter what the cause. Tue-Sun 10am-8.30pm. Rm C301,3/F, North Bldg, Nali Patio, 81 Sanlitun Beijie (west side), Chaoyang District (5208 6068) 朝阳区三里屯北街西侧81号那里花园北楼3层C301室www.kocoonspalounge.com

Dragonfly Therapeutic Retreat 悠庭保健会所 Alongside their traditional massages, Dragonfly offers a Post-Workout Spot Massage (RMB 150 for 60 minutes) that focuses on your sorest parts. If you’re in need of a more comprehensive treatment, try their Top-to-Toe Massage (RMB 290 for 60 minutes), administered by two therapists at once, which they guarantee will make you feel as light as a dragonfly. 1) Daily 10am-1am. 1/F, Grand Summit Plaza, 19 Dongfang Donglu (100m north of Lufthansa Center), Chaoyang District (8532 3122) 朝阳区朝阳区燕莎桥东方东路19号外交会所1层(燕莎中心路北100米)2) Daily 10am-1am. 60 Donghuamen Ave (near The Peninsula Hotel and Oriental Plaza), Dongcheng District (6527 9368) 东城区东城区东华门大街60号(近王府饭店和东方广场) 3) Daily 10am-1am. B1/F, Eastern Hotel, Nansanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang District (6593 6066) 朝阳区朝阳区三里屯南路逸羽酒店1层

Purple Jade Country Club Spa Located far outside the North Fourth Ring Road, the spa at Purple Jade Country Club is a secluded hideaway from the craziness of the city. Equipped with advanced facilities and professional, experienced personal trainers, their fitness center offers a variety of personal fitness programs, including Latin Dance, Yoga, Pilates, Kickboxing, Fitness Ball, Water Aerobics and Tai Chi, plus an excellent all-around health curriculum. Treatments (from RMB 380) include aromatherapy massage, sports massage, hot stone therapy, body scrubs and body wraps. Daily 2pm-1130pm. 1 Ziyu Donglu, Chaoyang District (6492 5551 ext 6007) 朝阳区紫玉东路1号

Pub Quizzes

The Bookworm British or Irish hosts dominate many of the pub quizzes offered in Beijing, as do questions derived from those countries’ history and culture. The Bookworm’s trivia night, where I was first introduced to this pastime, is no exception. In fact, the questions are nastily obscure and specific, for instance, requiring teams to wrack their brains for an animal that could have plausibly gone extinct in Scotland in 1743, but not elsewhere. Happily, the worse you do, the closer you are to winning a consolation pitcher of beer. The last place team earns prizes along with those who win first, second, and third place.  Mondays at 8pm. The Bookworm Building 4, Sanlitun Nanjie (6586 9507) 三里屯南街4号楼

Paddy O’Shea’s As one of Beijing’s authentic Irish pubs, it’s a no-brainer that Paddy O’Shea’s trivia night would have an affable Irish man hosting it, and having a good, relaxed time is more of an emphasis than prevailing in the competition. Best of all, the winning team of each round, as well as overall, gets a free round of shots of the liquor of their choice, while ties are broken with drinking contests. There’s more, too! If you are lucky, the two-person team next to you will keep winning and sharing the extra booze with your table. With all of the free alcohol floating around, this trivia night is the ideal one to unwind at after a long day of work, and to ensure that your Thursday morning will make the rest of the week look as easy as pie. Wednesdays at 8pm. Paddy O’Shea’s. 28 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (6415 6389) 朝阳区东直门外大街28号

The Kro’s Nest As an American, I instantly felt at home at this trivia night when I saw their flyer at the front of the restaurant, proclaiming itself as Beijing’s “most American” pub quiz. The actual event does not disappoint. The organizers play on Beijing’s ultimate frisbee team, and bring their teammates to participate, while the knowledge tested heavily favors 90s alternative rock and football. The restaurant itself adds to the American theme, with its menu of pizzas so large that they barely fit on the table, and its drink special during the proceedings of RMB 100 for a bucket of any five beers from their imported selection. But the Queen’s teams need not fear. There is plenty of local expat flavor to go around, from a challenging first round where teams match up pictures of specific Beijing neighborhoods with their nearest subway stop, to Kro himself swapping answer sheets and tallying up scores. Thursdays at 8pm. 35 Xiaoyun Lu (Opposite Renaissance Beijing Chaoyang Hotel, next to Koufuju restaurant), Chaoyang District (8391 3131). 朝阳区霄云路35号(国航大厦万丽酒店对面, 口福居旁)

Tim’s Texas Barbecue Tim’s Texas Barbecue, by virtue of its Lone Star State decorations, and its cuisine of ribs, steak, brisket, and other outsized barbecue classics, gives the Kro’s Nest a run for its money in terms of the “most American” trivia nights. In fact, as Beijing’s longest running pub quiz, this event has a loyal crop of regulars, who come for the boisterous atmosphere, and for the unique prizes – a keg of German beer for the first place team, Australian craft beers for the runner-up, and Tsingtao for the third place finishers. 14 Dongdaqiao Lu (on the corner of Guanghua Lu), Chaoyang District (6591 9161). Wednesdays, 8 PM. 朝阳区东大桥路14号贵友大厦正北200米.

Stumble Inn Stumble Inn is an interesting mix between rowdy dive bar and a romantic lounge. Trivia nights here are no exception. While growing more and more popular, this quiz night is usually attended by fewer teams, who mostly seem content with drinking, smoking, and talking with each other, while questions flash on the venue’s various flat screen televisions in graphics and theme music that are reminiscent of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? As a result, this quiz night is ideal for those who are really looking to unwind after work, providing an authentic Beijing trivia experience, but with a cozier, classier atmosphere. Tuesdays, 8 PM. S3-31, 3/F, Sanlitun Village South, 19 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District (6417 7794), 朝阳区三里屯路19号三里屯Village南区3号楼3层S3-31.

Lush Located in Wudaokou, Lush’s pub quiz caters mostly to the herds of students who are studying abroad in Beijing for the semester or the year. Questions are tailored accordingly, with most of them centered on pop culture and recent history (think 20th century instead of the 19th). Still, if you expect to coast at this trivia event, then you are in for a rude awakening. It is common for many teams to just gain a few points in each around. Further adding to the university atmosphere is a ban on cell phones that can access the internet, as well as a shutdown of the venue’s wireless internet service during the competition hours, reflecting many institutions’ strict academic integrity rules. And with a policy of settling tiebreakers with drinking contests, Lush’s quiz events perfectly captures the academic and social competition that is essential to every university student’s life. Wednesdays, 8 PM. 2/F, Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan, Chengfu Lu (across from the Wudaokou light-rail station), Haidian District (8286 3566) 海淀区成府路华清嘉园1号楼2层(五道口城铁站对面).

Pomme O’Shea’s Formerly known as the Pomegranate, this watering hole is in Shunyi and therefore offers a tighter knit pub quiz than in other Beijing bars. The several teams that regularly participate show up in large part to hang out with each other, but don’t worry, they also welcome newcomers into the general trivia family as well. The friendly, relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by the venue’s courtyard layout, but don’t let that fool you, this pub quiz, like the one that takes place at sister pub Paddy O’Shea’s, is for those who love to drink and compete. Wednesdays at 8pm. 19 Kaifa Lu, Xibaixinzhuang, Houshayu, Shunyi District (8046 2558). 顺义区后沙峪西白辛庄开发路19号

Lists compiled by Adeline Wang, Marla Fong, and Phoenix Tso.

 

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