Nightlife and Entertainment in Beijing

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Nightlife was unknown to many people in Beijing 20 years ago, and the word wasn't even used. But nowadays it is very common, especially for young people, to go out in the evenings and spend their time at cinemas, theatres, nightclubs, song and dance halls, Karaoke clubs, restaurants or bars.

Compared to people in south of China, Beijing people are more conservative. Most of them, married people in particular, like to stay at home watching TV or chatting with friends, which is why the streets are quite deserted after nine o'clock at night, when most of the stores are closed. Don't despair, you can always find places to spend your evenings if you are not tired after the day's sightseeing. Almost every four-or five-star hotel has facilities for entertainment. Besides hotels, nightlife venues are mostly in the city center. You can see the Peking Opera, acrobatics, dramas, local ballad singing, song and dance performances, or attend a music concert, or drop in at a roadside disco. It's best to stick to places that have been recommended by other tourists or Chinese friends.

Now, the city has witnessed a mushrooming of foreign theme pubs, new exotic bars and locally run clubs. Foreign pubs, bars, cafes and disco clubs attract foreign residents and tourists as well as young Chinese. The admission fee is usually about 50-80 yuan and beer is 15-20 yuan.

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Hard Rock Café Beijing

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You should visit the Hard Rock Cafe at least once while you are in Beijing.  Many expatriates are on hand every night as well as many locals.  The Western style food is good and the entertainment is great.  Almost every night starting around 10:00 p.m. a live band will perform 70's American music and the dance floor will be full.  The bands are usually from other countries (e.g, Austrailia) and are excellent. [E.F.]

type:Clubs and dancing
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address:Landmark Tower, Chaoyang District.
tel:6590 5566 X2571

Durty Nellie's

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:South Bar Lane, Sanlitun.
tel:6502 2808

New Bar Street

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In Beijing, there is "New Bar Street" and "Old Bar Street". New Bar Street is along the edges of Beihai Park (Northwest of the Forbidden City). These bars are where the hip young locals go for a night on the town, whereas the Old Bar Street is a bit more for the tourist clientele. New Bar Street is a wonderful place to stroll around on a warm summer evening, with gorgeous views around Beihai.

type:Bars & Cafes
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address:Beihai

Nightman

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type:Dancing
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address:2 Xibahenanli, Chaoyang District.
tel:6466 2562

CD Cafe

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:Dongsanhuan Bei Lu (200 metres south of Great Wall Sheraton), Chaoyang District.
tel:6501 8877 X3032

Banana

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type:Dancing
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address:5/F Haitian Market, 12 Chaowai Dajie, Chaoyang District.
tel:6599 3351-2
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closingtime:None

John Bull Pub

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:44 Guanghua Lu, Chaoyang District.
tel:6532 5905

Big Easy

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type:Dancing
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address:Nongzhanguan Lu, Chaoyang District (east side of Chaoyang Park).
tel:6508 6776

Passion

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There is a dance floor, but the main attraction here are the girls who will dance with you or sit and talk to you for 500 RMB plus drinks (expensive). Other arrangements are available.

Tel 6590 5566 X2191

type:Dancing
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address:Great Wall Hotel, 10 Dongsanhuan Bei Lu, Chaoyang District.

Poacher’s Cafe

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type:Bars & Cafes
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address:7 San Li Tun
tel:6532 3063

Get Lucky Bar (Haoyun Jiuba)

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Underground Rock Venue with amazing decoration. Live Shows every Tuesday, Friday, Saturday. Own Brewery. - this bar has moved to Ladies' Street, Xingbalu, and is now called "New Get Lucky" -- same great shows, but no more home brew.

type:Casinos
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email:8448-3335
address:Ladies' Street, Xingbalu
openinghours:5pm-2am

JJ's

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Tel 6618 9305

type:Casinos
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address:76 Xinjiekou Bei Dajie, Xicheng District.

Lounge & Bar Loco

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Loco is a brand new hip bar & lounge in the Wudaokou area.  At Loco you can enjoy a variety of Western and Asian dishes, drink anything from cappuccinos to Jack Daniels, from Guinness to Absinth, or just relax smoking a HOOKAH!!! We are open for lunch, dinner, and more importantly whenever you want to drink.  We speak Korean, Chinese, and English. At Loco we like to go crazy.

type:Pubs
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ClosingTime:11:30 AM - 2:30 AM
tel:10-62322288
address:Ground Floor, Xijiao Hotel, Wudaokou, Haidian

Freezer

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type:Dancing
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address: 1/F Holiday Inn Lido, Chaoyang District.
tel:6437 6688 X1410

Havana Cafe (Hawana)

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Latin Music Bar and Dance place, occasional latin dance lessons, south-american food, beer garden in summer.

type:Dancing
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address:Northern Gate of Workers Stadium (Gongti Beimen), Chaoyang District
openinghours:11 am - late evening
tel:6586 6166, 6594 0048

Happy Paradise (Kaixin Leyuan)

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One of the best Punk, Rap and Metal Music Clubs.Regular Jam Sessions of local Punk Bands. Roller Skate and Pogo Dancing. Martin Kogge: This Bar has closed last year (2001) in August or September. Many of the Bands performing at Happy Paradise now can be seen at Get Lucky Bar or Sound Stage (ex Rhine River Bar).

type:Bars & Cafes
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address:West of Wudaokou Workers Club between Qinghua and Beijing Languages University, Haidian District
openinghours:24 hours
tel:6232 6821

Moonhouse Bar

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WuDaoKou, Hai Dian District

It used to be right outside of Beijing University's west gate, but has moved to a slightly bigger location closer to Beijing Language and Culture University down the street.

It's the bar "where everybody knows your name."

type:Bars & Cafes
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Jazz Ya

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type:Dancing
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address:18 Sanlitun Lu, Chaoyang District.
tel:6415 1227

Vogue

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type:Dancing
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address:Xindong Lu (in between Dongzhimenwai and Gongti Bei Lu, near Sanlitun), Chaoyang District.

Solutions

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type:Dancing
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address:Rmb 30 cover charge, Beijing University West Gate, Haidian District.
tel:6255 8877
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