Beijing nightlife and drinking

Though this rich city full of different cultural and monumental sights will keep you busy the whole day, try to force yourself to experience the night here, even if you are tired and already had enough. Nightlife in Beijing is quite interesting and very diverse. Those who would like to experience more peaceful and more traditional experience of Beijing at night should walk through the Qianmen Street (正阳门; Qianmen Station, Exit A or B) or Nanluogu Xiang hutong (南 锣鼓 巷; Nanluoguxiang station, Exit E). For western-like night walks filled with modern buildings and shopping malls there is the Wangfujing Street (王府井 大街; Dengshikou Station, Exit A). Beijing Opera and acrobatics shows are also very popular among the tourists as night entertainments.

Cafes, bars and night clubs are also present in Beijing and you will not be disappointed in this manner as well. These places can offer some of the best DJs, quality music for all tastes and they guarantee that you will spend some of the best time of your life. You may also enjoy some of the numerous karaoke clubs, sing until you lose your voice, and provide a good fun for yourself and for the visitors. Nightlife usually starts from 20 or 21:00, up to midnight or 2-3 after midnight, so even if you go alone, soon you will be surrounded by many people full of positive energy. Though such places can be found everywhere, there are certain parts of the city that are best to visit in order to find some of the best clubs and bars.

Sanlitun (三里屯; Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District; 朝阳区三里屯北路; Tuanjiehu Station, Exit A) is one of the best places for those who want to enjoy drinking all night long since here you may find a wide range of bars offering some of the best cocktails and other famous drinks. It is mostly crowded with tourists and foreigners, and it offers fun for everyone’s pocket – from the less luxurious bars to the ones that can be afforded only by millionaires.

Back Lakes (Houhai; 后海; Shicha Lake, Xicheng District; 西城区什刹海景区内; Jishuitan Station, Exit B) is the area where you can enjoy shopping and some of the most delicious food during the day, but at night, it becomes a dream place for all party lovers. Live music, from rock and roll to jazz, heavy drinking, and even small boats which can sail away under the moonlight are the things that attract thousands of visitors in one night. This place is much more popular among Chinese visitors, and you may not find many foreigners here, which can also be quite appealing.

Nanluogu Xiang Hutong (南锣鼓巷; Dongcheng district; Nanluoguxiang station, Exit E) is the perfect place if you are one of those people who enjoy sitting and drinking, rather than dancing and partying hard at night. It is much more traditional than the rest of the places, and it offers the completely different experience of nightlife in Beijing. However, not all of the places offer calm nights, since there are also some bars offering live music.

Sanlitun area
Tree Bar 树吧 (Bar and Restaurant)
Address: 43 Sanlitun Houjie, Chaoyang District (朝阳区北三里屯南43号)
Web address: www.treebeijing.com.cn
Phone: 6415 1954
Opening hours: 11:00-3:00
Metro: Tuanjiehu Station, Exit A

Day Off Bar (Bar and Disco club)
Address: 64 Sanlitun Street, Chaoyang District (朝阳区三里屯酒吧街64号)
Phone: 6415 7210
Opening hours: 15:00-4:00
Metro: Tuanjiehu Station, Exit A

Mix Club 密克斯俱乐部 (Nightclub and Restaurant)
Address: Inside Worker’s Stadium North Gate, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工人体育场北门内)
Web address: www.clubmixchina.com
Phone: 6530 2889
Opening hours: 20:30-5:00
Metro: Dongsishitiao Station, Exit C

VICS 威克斯俱乐部 (Nightclub)
Address: Inside Worker’s Stadium North Gate, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工人体育场北门内)
Phone: 5293 0333
Opening hours: 20:30-6:00
Metro: Dongsishitiao Station, Exit C

Babyface 娃娃脸俱乐部 (Nightclub)
Address: 6 Gongti West Road, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工体西路6号)
Phone: 6551 9081
Opening hours: 20:30-5:00
Metro: Dongsishitiao Station, Exit C

The Den 敦煌 (Bar and Restaurant)
Address: 4 Gongti Donglu, Chaoyang District (朝阳区工体东路甲4号)
Phone: 6592 6290
Opening hours: 24 hours
Metro: Tuanjiehu Station, Exit D

Back Lakes (Houhai)
Lotus Blue 蓝莲花酒吧 (Bar and Restaurant)
Address: 1 Xihai Dongyan, Xicheng District (什刹海西海东沿1号)
Web address: http://lotusbluebar.com/www/lotusblue2_contact.htm
Phone: 6617 2599
Opening hours: 11:30-2:00
Metro: Jishuitan Station, Exit B

Sex and Da City 欲望城市 (Nightclub)
Address: 51-5 Di’anmen West Street, Shichahai, Xicheng District (西城区地安门西大街51-5号)
Phone: 8322 5096
Opening hours: 14:00-2:00
Metro: Beihai North Station, Exit B

Nanluogu Xiang Hutong area
Great Leap Brewing 大跃啤酒 (Bar)
Address: 6 Doujiao Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区豆角胡同6号)
Web address: www.greatleapbrewing.com
Phone: 5717 1399
Opening hours: 14:00-00:00
Metro: Shichahai Station, Exit C

Reef bar (Bar)
Address: 14 Nanluogu Xiang, Dongcheng District (东城区南锣鼓祥14号)
Phone: 6403 2736
Opening hours: 14:00-5:00
Metro: Nanluoguxiang Station, Exit E

Mao Mao Chong 毛毛虫 (Bar and Restaurant)
Address: 12 Ban Chang Hutong, Dongcheng District (东城区交道口南大街板厂胡同12号)
Phone: 6405 5718
Opening hours: 18:00-late
Metro: Nanluoguxiang Station, Exit E

Chaoyang District
Banana 巴那那俱乐部 (Nightclub)
Address: Scitech Hotel, 22 Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District (朝阳区建国门外大街22号赛特饭店1层)
Phone: 6536 3939
Opening hours: 21:00-5:00
Metro: Jianguomen Station, Exit B

The World of Suzie Wong 苏西黄俱乐部 (Nightclub)
Address: 1A S Nongzhanguan Road, Chaoyang Park, Chaoyang district (朝阳区农展馆路甲1号朝阳公园西门)
Phone: 6500 3377
Opening hours: 20:00-late
Metro: Tuanjiehu Station, Exit C

Tang Club 唐会迷城 (Nightclub)
Address: 8 Chaoyang Park West Gate (朝阳区朝阳公园西路8号)
Phone: 6500 8888
Opening hours: 20:30-5:00
Metro: Tuanjiehu Station, Exit B

Haidian District
Propaganda (Nightclub)
Address: 100m north of the East Gate of Huaqing Jiayuan, Wudaokou, Haidian District (五道口华清家园东门向北100米)
Phone: 8289 3991
Opening hours: 20:00-5:00
Metro: Wudaokou Station, Exit B