Often trumped by Shanghai or Hong Kong, Beijing is pegged the political hub of the country and has taken a backseat to the other hip destination. However, much like Berlin, the underground art and social scene have developed in the recent years and a slew of cool hotels and bars have accompanied this spurt. Here’s a few spots we picked out, that might not be on your guide books. From hole-in-the-wall bars in the hutong villages, to the former factory zone turned art district, we've compiled a list of Beijing's best-kept secrets.

[Xiu at the Park Hyatt via]