For once, we stop focussing on alcohol and drinking, but instead take a more productive look at what’s going on around Beijing this week. Here are our top pick of events that won’t leave you hungover…
Monday, Apr 15
Game of Thrones Season Eight Watching Party
Winter is finally here with the long-awaited eight and final season of HBO’s blockbuster fantasy epic Game of Thrones hitting screens tonight. Well, this morning to be exact. If you weren’t able to make it to any of the bars screening live simultaneously with the US at 9am this morning, never fear, because you can catch the first episode again tonight at a bunch of bars around the city. Click the link for all the details, but stay well away from the drinks specials if you want to avoid a hangover tomorrow. Free. 8pm onwards. Various locations
Tuesday, Apr 16
“Her Voice” Panel: Breaking Barriers
Navigating the modern world of work and gender equality ain’t easy but this roundtable discussion by four successful women hopes to provide you with answers on how the gender gap in various different industries can be both a challenge and an opportunity. Moderated by Heyang Zhou, host and producer of the Round Table program at China Radio International (CRI), this discussion will feature personal and professional stories, and examine how careers in business, science, technology, architecture, and media can break down barriers for women and lead to lifelong learning opportunities. Free. 7-9pm. Roca Beijing Gallery
Wednesday, Apr 17
Storytelling Wednesday – Surprise!
This Wednesday night, come on down for Beijing’s best weekly storytelling evening at 4corners, in which everybody has the opportunity to grab the mic and share real-life stories, poems, songs, and possibly your very own fictional short story. This week’s theme is “Surprise,” so start preparing your most unexpected, thrilling, plot-twisty tales. Each storyteller gets a free drink, but we suggest choosing wisely unless you also want a surprise ratshit hangover the next day. Free. 9pm. 4corners
Thursday, Apr 18
AI-Typical Courts: How Could Artificial Intelligence Transform China’s Legal System?
Artificial Intelligence isn’t just the concern of smart TVs and self-driving cars. It is creeping into every aspect of our lives, including the legal system here in China. In this stimulating discussion, Professors Ray Campbell (Peking University) and Professor Benjamin Liu (University of Auckland) will discuss the ways in which AI is already present in the Chinese legal system, and the many exciting possibilites and confounding problems that it presents. Free. 7-9.30pm. Wudaokou Coffee
Friday, Apr 19
Film and Board Game Night
If you’re the kind of person who always brings a pack of cards on vacation, and is willing to cause a family feud over a game of Monopoly, then Camera Stylo’s film and board game night is most definitely for you. This Thursday night, swing by the cinema/bar for pre-fun cocktails and beer (or mineral water and mocktails for the sensible) and a screening of the 1985 dark comedy Clue, and top it off with a few serious rounds of your favorite board games in Camera Stylo’s new hangout room. Good, clean, murderous fun. Free. 7.30pm onwards. Camera Stylo
Saturday, Apr 20
The Beijinger 2019 Hot & Spicy Festival
This weekend, Galaxy Soho is gonna be red-hot… with spicy flavors, that is. From 11am onwards, the downtown mecca will be transformed into a playground for lovers of spicy food at the Beijinger’s 2019 Hot & Spicy Festival, the only one of its kind in China. Bringing together a huge array of Chinese and global cuisines, there will be dozens of food and drink vendors offering more tucker than you can reasonably stuff in, live entertainment to keep you hyped throughout, an epic two-days of Hot Chili Pepper Eating and Hottest Song Karaoke contests (plus great prizes!). and above all, a super fun vibe. Bring on the chilies! RMB 30, RMB 25 (advance, tickets here). Saturday and Sunday, 11am-8pm. Galaxy Soho
Sunday, Apr 21
The Bookworm Eco Spring Fair
This Sunday is Earth Day! To celebrate, the Bookworm hosts an Eco Spring Fair with stalls from Beijing’s most beloved makers selling delicious organic treats, handmade crafts and gifts, zero-waste wares, health and beauty items, and home decor and lifestyle products, all with an ecological, sustainable bent. Come along, support the community and tap into the green revolution that is taking place right under your noses. Free. Midday-8pm. The Bookworm
Sunday also happens to be Easter. If you’re looking for eggs, bunnies, and brunch there are plenty of options.
Images: HBO, courtesy of organizers