In this paper, we study bit allocation and pairing methods based on zero forcing beamforming for downlink multiuser distributed antenna systems with limited feedback. Before assigning the feedback bit for each distributed antenna (DA) port, we need to solve the pairing issue which determines the set of DA ports to support a user. To this end, we first analyze an upper bound of a mean rate loss between perfect channel state information systems and limited feedback systems. Since minimizing the obtained bound is a joint optimization problem with respect to the pairing and the bit allocation, it is difficult to identify a solution analytically. Instead, we propose a two-step algorithm which derives the pairing based on the bound of the rate loss, and then obtain the feedback bit allocation method independently. From simulation results, we confirm that the proposed algorithms offer about 135% performance gains over a conventional equal bit allocation scheme for 5 DA ports systems. andcopy; 2014 IEEE.