If you are planning to visit the amazing city of Beijing for the Olympics this year, you will be happy to discover that there is no lack of places to eat, dance, and watch live entertainment each night. There are also many great places to sit back and relax while enjoying food, drink, music, or film. In addition, Beijing is known for its discos and karaoke. Therefore, the most difficult part of enjoying your nights in Beijing will be deciding which place to visit.
Here are some places where you can enjoy Beijing’s famous night life:
The Sanlitun Entertainment District
The Sanlitun Entertainment District in Beijing, which used to be a small area with a few bars that visitors frequented, has transformed into a very large entertainment district. It is a popular stop for tourists and is divided into four sections. At one point, nearly all the city’s bars were located in this area. You will still find plenty of bars there today. In fact, there are so many that the district is called North Bar Street, or San Li Tun Jiuba Jie.
There are several different areas in the Sanlitun Entertainment District. The Sanlitun North Area is the original section, which existed before the area expanded and grew. It is comprised of a series of streets with popular destinations such as Milan Club, The Tree and Lan Gui Fang. The Sanlitun West Area, which is home to the Workers Stadium, is about 10 minutes to the west. Along the stadium, there are some bars, restaurants and entertainment venues, such as Outback Steakhouse, Lava Lounge and Vics. The Sanlitun Central Area is where you will find businesses mixed with hotels and malls. The well-known Power House bar is located here as is the Rock & Roll Disco, which is very popular in Beijing. Another set of bars is situated between this area and the Workers Stadium.
Other Popular Entertainment Regions
In addition to the Sanlitun Entertainment District, there are other popular entertainment regions to be enjoyed in Beijing. The Hou Hai Bar Area, for example, is becoming more and more popular as the prime bar area within Beijing. It is built around a lake just north of Beihai Park and is a somewhat peaceful area with just a few trendy bars.
East of here, the Nan Luogu Xiang is packed with eateries and bars. Also, there are a number of quality hotel bars in this area such as the Centro, Red Moon and Cloud Nine.
Some locals and visitors prefer to head to the Haidian district for drinks, which tend to be less expensive. It is also an area with fewer tourists.
Enjoying Dancing and Music
Beijing is known for its discos, and there are many to choose from when you hit the town. Club Banana/Spicy is one of the best known and is filled with loud music and dancing patrons. The Gun Shi is less disco and more techno, but still is a dancing venue and is usually quite full.
Jazz and Karaoke in Beijing
If live jazz music is your preference, try The Loft, which is known for its performances and also has somewhat of a traditional American feel. If you prefer singing rather than listening to singers, try the karaoke bars. Party World should be your first stop. This is a chain venue and offers free food. It is also open 24 hours a day.
And, like Las Vegas, Beijing has a nice offering of floor shows at several locations. Among them is Success, which is near Sanlitun Bar Street. It offers nightly dancing and singing shows. And, The House, which is in the Wangujing area, offers dancers, singers and even magic.
Other nighttime offerings include the Beijing Opera, along with acrobatic shows that can be found at the Wansheng Juchang, which is on the north side of Bei Wei Lu near the Temple of Heaven.
If film is your choice, there are movie houses available, such as Cherry Lane Movies, which shows Chinese films with English subtitles (on the weekends, only located at Kent Centre). Also, the Box Café, near Tsinghua University, has free shows on Tuesday and Saturday, showing primarily independent films. The UME International Cineplex is another major theater, located south of Renmin University. It shows major Chinese hits and sometimes American films.
Whatever you need, you can find it at night in Beijing.
Jennifer Gregory is a writer with a passion for travel. After completing her degrees in Social Work and eBusiness, she traveled through Europe, across America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. She now writes for the On the Go Travel Blog.