By Jim Boyce | Part of any lengthy stay in Beijing is saying goodbye to friends who are moving onward and hopefully upward. But for many food and drink fans, the bar and restaurant scene itself was the old friend to which they bid farewell in 2017.
The forced closing of favorites in Sanlitun, Fangjia Hutong and elsewhere, the steady emergence of malls as the most viable spot for many newcomers, and the rising rents and staff scarcity that made price increases inevitable left us with a much-changed scene, even if it is one with increasing cocktail, craft beer and culinary diversity. As we wander tentatively into 2018, here are 17 photos of places lost, places gained, tasty new drinks and fun times and fun from the year that was. Scroll over photos for captions or click one to launch the gallery.