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Nightlife in Beijing

Beijing has the best rock 'n' roll in China and funky venues to match. Yugong Yishan in central Dongcheng district is on the cutting edge of Beijing's music scene, presenting an eclectic selection of live gigs. Close to the Drum and Bell Towers, are MAO Livehouse and 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.

Bars

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  1. 1. Face - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    26, Dongcaoyuan, Gongti Nanlu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6551 6738

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Face Bar Website

  2. 2. Lan Club - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 5109 6012/13

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 3. Kokomo - Bars

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    Kokomo, Beijing. © Kokomo

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6413 1019

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Kokomo Beijing Website

  4. 4. Bed - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    17, Zhangwang Hutong, Xicheng district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 8400 1554

    Transport

    Taxi

  5. 5. The Bookworm - Bars

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    The Bookworm, Beijing. © Ben McMillan

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    4, Nan Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing 100000

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6586 9507

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Beijing Bookworm Website

  6. 6. Q Bar - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    Eastern Inn Hotel, Sanlitun Nanlu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6595 9239

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Q Bar official website

  7. 7. Pass-By Bar - Bars

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    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.Show this on map

    Address

    108, Nanluoguxiang, Dongcheng district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 8403 8004

    Transport

    Taxi

  8. 8. Tun Bar - Bars

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

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6585 5866

    Transport

    Taxi

  9. 9. Salud - Bars

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    This cozy bar often hosts local live music acts, usually upbeat South American music or jazz. They've got fabulous loft seating, and an understated decor of blond wood with a couple of artsy paintings on the wall. Glass jars filled with the bar's homemade rum line one wall.

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    Address

    66 Nan Luogu Xiang, Beijing, China

    Telephone

    010/6402-5086

Clubs

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  1. 10. Mei Lanfang Grand Theatre - Clubs

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    The ultra-modern Mei Lanfang Grand Theatre was purpose built for Peking Opera and hosts frequent large-scale performances of this traditional Chinese artform. Clashing gongs and elaborate, brightly coloured costumes combine into an impresive spectacle. The performance quality and times may vary so be sure to check the schedule ahead of time. 

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    Address

    32 Ping An Li Xi Da Jie (Pingan'li W St), Beijing, China

    Telephone

    010/5833-1288

    Transport

    Metro: Chegongzhaung

    Website

    China National Tourism Website

  2. 11. Suzie Wong's - Clubs

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    Suzie Wong's, Beijing. © Suzie Wong's

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    1A, Nongzhaguan Lu, Chaoyang district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6500 3377

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Suzie Wong's Website

Entertainment

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  1. 12. Yugong Yishan - Entertainment

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    This wonderful performance space is the best live music venue in Beijing, period. The owners have a knack for turning up the best local acts and bringing in some good international groups too. The diverse lineup - from punk to Mongolian mouth music and everything in between - draws in big crowds of indie music lovers. 

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    Cost

    Cover varies for performances

    Address

    3 Zhangzizhong Rd, Dongcheng, Beijing, China

    Telephone

    010/6404-2711

    Website

    Yugong Yishan

  2. 13. National Centre for Performing Arts - Entertainment

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

    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.Show this on map

    Address

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

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6655 0000

  3. 14. Poly Theatre - Entertainment

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    Poly Theatre, Beijing. © Toby Skinner

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    14, Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing 100027

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6500 1188

    Transport

    Taxi; Metro Dongsishitiao

    Website

    Poly Theatre Website

  4. 15. MAO Livehouse - Entertainment

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    MAO Livehouse, Beijing. © MAO Livehouse

    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.Show this on map

    Address

    111, Gulou Dongdajie, Dongcheng district, Beijing

    Telephone

    +86 (0) 10 6402 5080

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Mao LiveHouse Website

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