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Nightlife in Beijing

Beijing has the best rock 'n' roll in China and funky venues to match. In the Haidian university district, D-22 is on the cutting edge of Beijing's rock scene. In central Dongcheng district, close to the Drum and Bell Towers, is MAO Livehouse, as well as the romantic bar, Bed. For late bars and clubbing, the east is the place to go. Chaoyang district hosts fashionable haunts like Q Bar, and thriving clubs like Suzie Wong's and White Rabbit.

The Bookworm, Beijing. © Ben McMillan
Kokomo, Beijing. &copy Kokomo
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Kokomo

Caribbean flavour

The Caribbean-style roof terrace at Kokomo on Sanlitun draws a large crowd of after-work drinkers, especially in the summer. The DJ often hits steel drum anthems as he plays, creating a lively atmosphere. Enjoy tropical cocktails and jerk chicken.



Address

4/F, Tongli Studios, Sanlitun Houjie (above China Doll), Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6413 1019

Transport

Taxi

Website

Kokomo Website

Tun Bar, Beijing. Photo by Matthew Sills, http://www.meridiangrouphk.com
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Tun Bar

Warehouse drinking den

One of the more popular spots in Beijing's Sanlitun nightlife area, Tun Bar boasts a solid drink selection, good service and daily specials. Formerly a warehouse, somehow this unlikely combination of dance hall, lounge and sports bar works beautifully.



Address

Sanlitun Nan Jie, 4, Gongti Bei Lu (in Cross Club's rear parking lot), Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6585 5866

Transport

Taxi

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Pass-By Bar

Quirky watering hole

Good drinks and Italian food are served in this restored Tibetan-themed courtyard house down the quaint and quirky Nanluoguxiang street. A favourite with visitors, the Pass-by Bar has free Wi-Fi for checking emails and an extensive English-language library.



Address

108, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8403 8004

Transport

Taxi

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Lan Club

Cocktails with glamour

The Phillipe Starck-designed Lan Club in Jianguomen draws Beijing's young starlets and high-fliers. This is a place to sip lychee martinis and check oneself out in mirrored bathrooms. It serves high-end fusion cuisine and has an oyster bar.



Address

4/F, Twin Tower, B12 Jianguomen Waidajie, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 5109 6012/13

Transport

Taxi

Website

Lan Club Website

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Bed

Beds and tapas

This bar in Xicheng is a minimalist haven of beds and cement. Bed's vibe is quiet and romantic - this is more the place for a date than for a party. It also serves delicious tapas and Asian finger food.



Address

17, Zhangwang Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 8400 1554

Transport

Taxi

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Face

Colonial cool bar

Face in Chaoyang has a grand colonial feel, with artefacts from China, India and Indonesia. An upscale crowd comes to drink mojitos and eat the surprisingly tasty red curry popcorn. Face also has free pool and Tetley's beer on tap.



Address

26, Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6551 6738

Transport

Taxi

Website

Face Website

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Q Bar

Grooves and martinis

Q Bar in Chaoyang is renowned for its cocktails and list of Martinis, including a chocolate variety. Good DJs play a funky mix of nu-jazz, soul and house. There's a great outdoor patio for summer nights.



Address

Eastern Inn Hotel, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6595 9239

Transport

Taxi

Website

Q Bar Website

The Bookworm, Beijing. &copy Ben McMillan
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The Bookworm

Literary hub

This bookish haven near Sanlitun has a library of over 16,000 English language books, a book shop and a restaurant with quality international food. The Bookworm hosts regular events and talks and puts on a literary festival in March.



Address

4, Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing 100000

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6586 9507

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Bookworm Website

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White Rabbit

DJs choice

The White Rabbit in Chaoyang might not have elaborate decor but Beijing's best DJs often call it their favourite club in town, largely because of its ace sound system. Expect high quality techno, pared down like the industrial decor.



Address

29, Haoyun Jie, Chaoyang Gongyuan Xi Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 133 2112 3678

Transport

Taxi

Suzie Wong's, Beijing. &copy Suzie Wong's
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Suzie Wong's

Post modern Beijing club

Suzie Wong's in Chaoyang harks back to 1930s Shanghai but with a post modern feel. A young and beautiful crowd lie on Ming Dynasty beds and dance to sexy house. Many a cross-cultural romance has started in the rooftop garden.



Address

1A, Nongzhaguan Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6500 3377

Transport

Taxi

Website

Suzie Wong's Website

MAO Livehouse, Beijing. &copy MAO Livehouse
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MAO Livehouse

Rock 'n' roll cool

MAO Livehouse in Dongcheng used to be a cinema but is now at the forefront of Beijing's down and dirty rock scene. The concert floor slants towards the stage and there's a separate bar and lounge area for cooling down.



Address

111, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6402 5080

Transport

Taxi

Website

MAO Livehouse Website

The Star Live, Beijing. © Star Live
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The Star Live

Big sounds

The Star Live in Dongcheng is Beijing's only middle-sized venue, providing the intimacy of a smaller gig with the capacity to host bigger names. Local rock 'n' roll stars and international acts alike have graced its two floors.



Address

79, Heping Xijie, 3/F Tango, Dongcheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6425 5677

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Star Live Website

D-22, Beijing. &copy D-22
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D-22

Up-and-coming bands

This venue in the Haidian university district is the best place to catch up-and-coming local bands. All D-22 staff are musicians or film-makers, and they're dedicated to providing Beijing with good live music. Films are screened every Wednesday and Thursday.



Address

242, Chengfu Lu, Haidian district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6265 3177

Transport

Taxi

Website

D-22 Website

Poly Theatre, Beijing. &copy Toby Skinner
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Poly Theatre

Cultural hub

The perfect acoustics at the 1,428-seat Poly Theatre in Dongcheng have persuaded some of the best classical music, opera and ballet companies to come to Beijing. Verdi's La Traviata, Romeo and Juliet and the Nutcracker have all been performed.



Address

14, Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing 100027

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6500 1188

Transport

Taxi; Metro Dongsishitiao

Website

Poly Theatre Website

National Centre for Performing Arts, Beijing. © Beijing National Centre for Performing Arts
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National Centre for Performing Arts

Classically designed arts venue

Designed by French architect Paul Andreu, the spectacular egg-shaped National Centre for Performing Arts in Xicheng opened in July 2007. There's an opera house, concert hall and two theatres, which host world-class opera, ballet, drama and Chinese opera.



Address

2, West Chang'an Avenue, Xicheng district, Beijing

Telephone

+86 (0) 10 6655 0000

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