Beijing Nightlife

With intimate bars, world-class cocktail lounges, happening dance halls, sports bars, and even English-style pubs, Beijing has just about every kind of experience you can imagine. Keep in mind, though, that establishments seemingly rise up overnight, and can disappear just as quickly in the breakneck pace of development that is endemic to Beijing.

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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...

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...


  • Dance Clubs

The city's best and most popular gay club has a bouncy dance floor, energetic DJs, and a small lounge area. It gets extremely packed...

East Shore Live Jazz Café

  • Music Clubs

There's no competition: This place has the most fabulous views of Houhai Lake, hands-down, and authentic jazz on stage every night. ...

El Nido

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Little more than a hole in the wall, this hutong gem is stuffed to the gills with imported beers, fine cheeses and charcuterie, and the...


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