Henry J. Beans was one of the best Western fare restaurants anywhere in China but has sadly closed a few years ago. It was a place for above average food, good entertainment, and great coctails late into the evenings. Frequented by local working girls who were NOT bothersome (by the rules of the bar) yet fun to talk to. This was a bar/restaurant that was for both family and fun 7-days per week. HJB was an icon to foreigner's or expats in Beijing and sorely missed.
Having requented this pub for several years as an expat, the memories will last a long time. If I had a wish it would be for a one night reunion.
Favorite Dish: The ribs were excellent for a big meal but an excellent place for a hamburger with a great selection of styles. They used to have a Sinday Brunch that was quite good as well.
THIS RESTAURANT IS NOW CLOSED. (The site is being developed as a HSBC bank branch.)
Henry J Beans has quick, simple American food and is a good, reliable lunchtime place at Guo Mao.
It is better known as a bar, with a diverse clientele, shall we say.
The service is pretty good, the food is good, if expensive for Beijing, but attracts few Chinese patrons. It is mainly frequented by business expats and visiting hotel guests.
The house band here is pretty good, if you like hearing American and oher Western rock music played live.
In summer, they now put tables outside, but the draught caused by the overhead bridge and the nearby tall buildings can make it a windy place!
Favorite Dish: A lot of people complain about their burgers, but I like them, especially the blue cheese burger. Each to their own.