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Nightlife in Chengdu

Lotus Palace Bar rivals Shanghai's bars for glitz, and is where Chengdu's famed beauties go to party. Anchor Bar is the place for cold beers, comfortable sofas and friendly Sichuanese service. For live entertainment, head west for nightly performances of Sichuan opera at the Shufeng Yayun theatre.

Jinjiang Theatre, Chengdu. © Warren Rodwell

Bars

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  1. 1. Lotus Palace Bar - Bars

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    This chic city-centre bar is where Chengdu's famed beauties go to be seen. The Lotus Palace Bar is decorated in glamorous red and there's a see-through ceiling above the dance floor. Lounge music gives way to heavier dance music later.Show this on map

    Address

    231, Wuhouci Da Jie, 24 Jinli, Chengdu 610041

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8553 7676

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 2. Paulaner Brauhaus - Bars

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    The city-centre Paulaner Brauhaus in the five-star Kempinski Hotel has its own micro-brewery and Chengdu's best selection of European beers. As well as unusual German beers, there's quality German food and friendly service.Show this on map

    Address

    Kempinski Hotel, 42 Renmin Nan Lu, 4th Section, Chengdu

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8526 9999

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Paulaner Brauhaus Website

  3. 3. Anchor Bar - Bars

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    Anchor Bar in the city centre is the place to unwind with a cold beer. Comfortable sofas, earthy decor and friendly staff create a relaxing atmosphere. There's free Internet access if you buy a meal. Guests can also watch DVDs.Show this on map

    Address

    6, Mid Linjiang Zhong Lu (inside courtyard of Traffic Hotel), Chengdu

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8545 4520

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Traffic Hotel Website

  4. 4. Dave's Oasis - Bars

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    Dave's Oasis, Chengdu. Photo by Ken Marshall

    Friendly Dave's Oasis in the city centre also acts as a de facto tourist information centre, with Dave offering panda tours and cheap opera tickets. The bar itself has free Internet and cheap beer. Guests can bring their own music.Show this on map

    Address

    21, 1 Binjiang Lu (opposite the Traffic Hotel), Chengdu

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8672 3808

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Dave's Oasis Website

  5. 5. Shamrock Irish Bar and Restaurant - Bars

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    Expats cram into Shamrock Bar and Restaurant in the city centre for DJs on Friday and live bands on Saturday. The Shamrock offers Irish beers like Guinness. There's also a beer garden, free pool table and live sport.Show this on map

    Address

    15, Renmin Nan Lu, 4th Section, Chengdu

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8523 6158

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Shamrock Website

  6. 6. The Bookworm - Bars

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    The Bookworm, Chengdu. © The Bookworm Chengdu

    From the same people who started The Bookworm in Beijing, this city-centre café has a good selection of books to borrow and buy, and hosts regular literary talks and events. There's decent food and a wide selection of drinks.Show this on map

    Address

    28, Renmin Nan Lu, 4th Section, Chengdu 610041

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8552 0177

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Bookworm Website

Clubs

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  1. 7. Xiongmao - Clubs

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    Xiongmao, Chengdu. Photo by Matthew Sills, http://www.meridiangrouphk.com

    Young, cool and casual with an industrial décor, Xiongmao in the city's Wuhou District serves individual cocktails - rare in Chengdu clubs. Play a game of pool, chat with friends or dance to top local DJs playing cutting-edge electronic music.Show this on map

    Address

    2/F, Blue Caribbean Plaza, 143 Kehua Bei Lu, Wuhou District, Chengdu

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8638 4685

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Xiong Mao Club Website

Entertainment

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  1. 8. Jinjiang Theatre - Entertainment

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    Jinjiang Theatre, Chengdu. © Warren Rodwell

    The city-centre Jinjiang Theatre is a combination of Sichuan opera theatre, cinema and teahouse. Every Sunday, there are high-class performances of Sichuan opera which features gymnastics, cross-dressing, slapstick humour and Sichuan opera's famous 'changing faces.'Show this on map

    Address

    54, Huaxing Zheng Lu, Chengdu 610016

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8662 0019

    Transport

    Taxi

  2. 9. Shufeng Yayun - Entertainment

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    If you can't wait for the more traditional Sunday performance at the Jinjiang Theatre, the Shufeng Yayun Theatre offers more expensive nightly performances of Sichuan opera. These are strictly for tourists, with more emphasis on the spectacular.Show this on map

    Address

    23, Qintai Road, Chengdu 610041

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 28 8776 4530

    Transport

    Bus 25

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