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Don’t come to Beijing expecting New York City-style nightlife – bars are more popular than clubs here and everything tends to close down around 2am.

Beijing Nightlife


This enduringly popular martini bar at the Kerry Center Hotel attracts both business travelers and a monied local crowd. Cocktails and cigars are the ubiquitous order of the day.

Kerry Center Hotel, 1 Guanghua Lu, 011-8610-6561-8833,
Tags: nightlife | bar


You’ll never believe that this three-floor building used to be a school. Infused with southeast-Asian style, the bar/restaurant serves Thai, Indian, Moroccan, and Chinese cuisines. The warm-toned bar features scarlet armchairs, contemporary artworks, and hanging lanterns. There is also an outdoor patio terrace.

26 Dongcao Yuan; Gongti Nan Lu, 011-8610-6551-6788,
Tags: nightlife | trendy | lounge | patio


Beijing entrepreneur Zhang Lan hired Philippe Starck to design this 1.5-acre space, which comprises a restaurant, bar, and club. The result is eclectic – Mongolian yurts star in the dining room, while upside-down Regency-style portraits, ’50s Chinese memorabilia, and Starck’s eagle-winged thrones decorate the lounge.

4/F Twin Tower; B12 Jianguomen Waidajie, 011-8610-5109-6012,
Tags: nightlife | expensive | editor pick | smart splurge | design

Passby Bar

A long-standing favorite with independent travelers, this hutong bar, with its Tibetan-style interior and atmospheric, off-street courtyard, provides guests with travel guides and magazines, plus pastas, salads, and beers.

108 Nanluo Guxiang, 011-8610-8403-8004
Tags: nightlife | great value | bar | tibetan

White Rabbit

This two-floor venue caters to dedicated clubbers, offering creative electronica and experimental techno, while artfully avoiding the current Chinese urge to import ‘90s-era, ‘superstar’ DJs.

C2 Haoyun Jie; 29 Zaoying Lu, 011-86133-2112-3678
Tags: nightlife | dancing | nightclub

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