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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Tucked inside a tiny hutong near the western end of Houhai, 4Corners has a working fireplace in the winter and a breezy patio in the...


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Home to nostalgia-fueled theme nights, including 80s and disco, Alfa is a hopping little dance spot that's particularly popular with...


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If you have the patience to find this cozy courtyard bar in a tiny alley, you'll be rewarded with one of the city's hidden gems. Grab...


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Like an old-fashioned pharmacist doling out carefully concocted medicinals, the bartenders at this low-key venue artfully turn all of...

Cargo Club

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Fierce promotions have attracted some top-name international DJs to this spot: in spite of the smallish dance floor, many expats consider...

China Bar

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Perched atop the 65-story Park Hyatt, this upmarket cocktail bar offers bird's-eye views of the city, smog and all. Dark and sultry,...

Cu Ju

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Proprietor Badr Benjelloun is a Moroccan expat who's lived in the city for many years and has myriad interests. This fun bar is the culmination...


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Raising the bar for bars in Beijing, this New York–style lounge is swank, spacious, and has an innovative drink list. This is where...

Dada Bar

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A chilled-out, unpretentious place where you can dance, Dada is the sort of underground club a cool older cousin might have once sneaked...

Drum & Bell Bar

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Situated next to the Drum and Bell Towers (hence the name), this busy bar has one of Beijing's nicest views from its roof deck (when...