Beijing Nightlife

Beijing has blossomed. China is now a global superpower and the capital has become a major center for nightlife, culture, and the arts. The traditional options still endure: Peking opera, acrobatics, classical music, martial arts, and more, but alongside them are more and more exciting contemporary events venues.

From avant-garde plays and modern music to world-class cocktail bars and

international talent performing in the hottest clubs, Beijing has ascended to the world stage. You can take in the best of Old Beijing while sipping a world-class martini or Manhattan, or dance the night away at a happening dance club. There are bars for every taste, from beer gardens to classy lounges to vampire-themed venues and English-style pubs.

The performing arts, led by the programming at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (aka "The Egg") are thriving, with talent from as far as the United States and as close as two blocks away taking over the stage nightly. With concerts by the likes of Elton John and Justin Bieber, the city has become a must-stop destination on many international tours. No matter what your interest, Beijing awaits.

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Mao Mao Chong

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This bar is known for top-quality infused cocktails, included a chili-infused vodka Bloody Mary and a Sichuan peppercorn Moscow Mule.


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Tucked behind an Italian-fusion restaurant on an unassuming strip mall of establishments near Chaoyang Park, Mokihi is a perfect oasis...

Q Bar

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This tucked-away lounge south of the main Sanlitun drag is an unpretentious option for an evening out. The cocktails here—strong, authentic...

Slow Boat Brewery Taproom

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At this sleek yet cozy taproom inside the hutongs, there are at least a dozen beers on tap at any given moment, including all-weather...


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This warehouse-style space is way more interesting than the competition. Without the usual gaudy decor, Tango is roomy enough to take...

The Den

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This old-school joint's main attractions are the sports showing on its wide-screen TVs and the fact that it never, ever shuts. It's buzzing...

The Red House

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The simple, no-frills exterior here reflects the bar as a whole—bare walls warmed by a roaring fire, friendly bar staff, and a loyal...

The Tree

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For years now, expats have crowded this bar for its Belgian beer, wood-fired pizza, and quiet murmurs of conversation. It does, however,...

The World of Suzie Wong

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It's no coincidence that this bar is named after a 1957 novel (and 1960 film) about a Hong Kong prostitute. Come here late at night and,...


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Opened by some of the same people involved with Apothecary in Sanlitun, Twilight is an oasis of cool in the otherwise somewhat-dry Central...