Beijing Nightlife Guide

Night Clubs in Beijing

Kokomo Caribbean Cocktail Bar
Kokomo Bar, Beijing Kokomo is a laid-back nightclub and restaurant best visited during the summer months to make full use of its lovely roof-top terrace.
The terrace is decked out with ample tables, including some atmospheric wicker chairs, a bar serving up high-grade cocktails and an awkwardly-positioned and small dance floor where the clientele groove to the electronic or pop melodies of the DJ. The music isn’t so loud as to make conversation difficult. Beers start at ¥30 while the Caribbean-themed cocktails start at ¥40. Downstairs, the sparse “Mo Lounge” is a relatively new addition to the nightclub, replacing what was previously a gaudy, brightly colored bar.
Ph. (010) 6413 0899 Open: 11:00-4:00
Address: Sanlitun Houjie, Tongli Studios, 4th Floor Subway: Tuanjiehu
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Bar Blu
Bar Blu, Beijing Bar Blu is a fun, down-to-earth nightclub featuring packed dance floors and an incredibly spacious and relaxed roof-top terrace.
A simple but pleasing design helps create a relaxed atmosphere. Electronic tracks and pop hits, which only occasionally segue into the more sickening variety of the genre, provide the impetus for patrons to promenade on the dance floor. On weekends there’s little room to really bust some moves, which makes the upstairs terrace a welcome retreat when a break is needed. The roomy terrace is a perfect place for conversation and relaxation in a stylish environment. Drinks costs around ¥30 for beer and ¥45 for cocktails. There is also a small selection of standard western food priced around ¥40.
Ph. (010) 6417 4124 Open: 18:00-2:00 (4:00 on weekends)
Address: Sanlitun Houjie, Tongli Studios, 4th Floor Subway: Tuanjiehu
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Maggie’s Bar
Maggies Bar, Beijing An infamous spot in the Beijing club scene, Maggie’s has been around in some form and location since 1990.
Its female clientele have been around a lot as well. Not to mince words, Maggie’s is most renowned as a place to pick up prostitutes, generally good-looking ones compared to some other such bars around town. If that’s your thing, then this is the place for you. If not, it might still be worth a very brief look for people-watching purposes. Drinks are a little pricey with bottled Tsing Tao the cheapest drink at ¥30. DJs play fairly mainstream dance and R&B tunes. There’s also a pool table and not a lot of room to move. The hot dogs from the stand outside are good quality.
Ph. (010) 8562 8142 Web: www.maggiesbar.com Open: 20:00-4:00
Address: Guanghua Lu, South Gate of Ritan Park Subway: Jianguomen
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Propaganda
Propaganda Club, Beijing A popular student club in the university district, Propaganda is a basic but enjoyable place to dance and make some new friends.
Upstairs plays host to an uninspiring bar. Downstairs is more vibrant. DJs play R&B and hip-pop while patrons writhe on the small dance floor. The artwork based on Chinese propaganda posters that adorns the walls creates a cool vibe, but otherwise it’s a fairly simplistic set-up with no lighting effects or super sound system to speak of. Quite a few couches, stools and tables surround the dance floor but you’ll still be lucky to find somewhere to sit. Drinks are very cheap – bottled beers are ¥20 to ¥25, cocktails and spirits are ¥20-¥35. While nothing about Propaganda will wow you, it does boast a relaxed atmosphere and friendly clientele. Probably not worth the trek to Wudaokou for tourists.
Ph. (010) 8286 3991 Open: 20:00-4:00
Address: Caijing Dong Lu, 150m south of the intersection with Chengfu Lu Subway: Wudaokou
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Suzie Wong’s
Suzie Wongs, Beijing A snazzy looking lounge bar, Suzie Wong’s is a very popular nightspot in Beijing.
While the decor is cool, the bar has a pretentious feel that it really can’t justify. Dominated by a massive rectangular bar and usually crowded, there is little room for dancing – you’ll be chatting the night away. Come with a good crowd and it could be fun. Bottled beer and spirits are ¥35, Carlsberg Draught is ¥40 and cocktails are ¥40-50. There’s also a ¥50 cover charge on weekends. Theme nights at the World of Suzie Wong include live music on Mondays, Latin music on Tuesdays, Ladies Night on Wednesdays and hip-hop on Thursdays.
Ph. (010) 6500 3377 Web: www.suziewong.com.cn Open: 19:00-6:00
Address: Chaoyang Park West Gate
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