This section will start focused on the bar, disco and karaoke scene in
Beijing but may expand to other types of venue at a later date. Beijing
has a varied nightlife scene, the following basic guide will hopefully give you
|This used to be the place to be if you wanted to
go to a bar. Many many bars, most open till 4am or later. They
all have that certain Beijing feel. Frequented by many foreign
customers so you
will not feel too out of place.
Hou Hai Bar Area
|This place seems to be taking over from Sanlitun
as the major bar area of Beijing. It is situated around a man-made
lake at the north of Beihai Park. Boating is available on the lake
till 11pm or 12am (in the summer of course). Very pretty area. Full details coming soon.
Club Banana / Spicy
|Get the full Beijing Disco experience on your
first night. Cute girls, bad girls, shady guys, sound loud enough to make
you deaf, kick ass security. The place to be seen. The best and
most popular venue in Beijing. If you're looking for some
ground-breaking new scene don't bother coming here. If you're looking
for a beautifully decked out typical Asian disco experience with a
tremendous, fun, atmosphere, look no further. Especially good on
Friday and Saturday nights.
Gun Shi (Rock and Roll)
|The music here has nothing to do with Rock and Roll, its
some kind of Beijing techno. But this is the locals' experience.
Dancing is the main focus, DJs are the heart & soul. Guests from many
provinces. Often many students. If you like this place, you
could probably settle in Beijing. New location is not great, the place
IS the people who go there.
|Supposedly the Korean disco feel. Huge,
modern location, so really difficult to fill. Atmosphere usually not
great compared with the other discos.
(but you must go here to see the
lasers. Must be several million dollars worth. They get turned
on for an hour or so, 2 or 3 times per night.)
Update 8/2003 no lasers and much smaller. Possibly renovating, will
let you know if they return to normal.
(Top One, Hot Spot)
Alas, the lights went out before we got the picture :-( Re
Dian no more.
|Nice modern place, small, crowded, loud. More of
the Beijing disco experience. Often has more guys than girls but the floor
shows are usually good. Update 12/28/03: Appears to be
slated for demolition and therefore closed. So sad. Hopefully it
will move elsewhere.
|This is the full-on Beijing Karaoke experience.
A massive chain. Looks more like a 5-Star Hotel than a Karaoke.
Shame they have almost zero English. Find a Chinese friend to take
you. This place has FREE FOOD !! a lot of the time, and is open 24
hours ! Used to be called Cash Box.
Beijing is one of the few remaining
places to still have good variety shows many are included with
the price of admission, or even completely free as long as you're
drinking/eating something. We recommend the following locations.
Note: These are not the general tourist fare. New section coming
soon on Acrobatics, Peking Opera, and Kung Fu.
|A very Chinese place near Sanlitun Bar Street.
Interior looks as if it was designed as some kind of concert hall, now a bar
with entertainment, huge high ceilings, atmosphere really something else.
Has shows from 10pm to 12am most days. Dancing girls, singing guys and
girls. Cool place. Not many foreign visitors.
|Interesting place in the Wangfujing area used to
be a complete girly bar, and still is a little, but now has a pricy entry
fee and includes an all-evening floor show. Dancers, singers, models,
comedy, sometimes magic ! Male audience targeted.