Comfort Inn & Suites Sanlitun, Beijing
No. 6 Gong Ti Bei Lu
Phone: (86) 10 85235522
Fax: (86) 10 85235577
Two floors of fun, an outdoor patio and fully stocked bar make this lively waterhole popular among local and international clientele. Cheap, stiff drinks reign supreme here, so it tends to attract the local exchange students. The location can't be beat, along the Sanlitun pub crawl.
Since it first opened in 1994 right in the heart of Beijing south of the Agricultural Exhibition Center, CD Blues has been one of the best music venues in town. It mainly attracts blues lovers, but it is also a spot for jazz and funk. It is known for welcoming great musicians from all over the world (such as Herbie Hancock, who played the grand piano here) and for its friendly atmosphere. The place is not too big and it's full of posters of famous geniuses of jazz and blues. The venue offers a very good business lunch as well, although the main attraction of the place is of course the great music. It opens at 4p and closes late at night. Closing times may vary. -Marina Burana
You can not miss the glowing neon balls that light up this pulsating pad, located just off East Third Ring Road. The lights illuminate a subterranean, Beijing sub-subculture. This is a place where maybe you visit once a year, or maybe once in your life, but make sure you go to Agogo at least once. Uptown tastes and a trend towards an intimate mood might just put disco back on the map. The club opens at 9p.
Located on the bar stretch on San Li Tun street, Jazz Bar is popular amongst Beijing jazz lovers. The musicians playing the saxophone are not seen as bourgeois anymore. Beijing is no alien to the jazz culture but only recently the popularity has increased with new jazz bars coming up throughout the city. The Jazz Bar is small but promising venue in Beijing's buzzing jazz scene.
Schiller's III, a bigger and better version of the original Schiller's I, is part of the bar-cluster around Chao Yang Park's west gate. It is a German-style pub, featuring a live Filipino cover band, darts and sports television. The clientele is mainly international types and business people. Chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks and samosas, along with salads, steaks, burgers and traditional German dishes fill the menu.
For eclectic music sets and a young crowd this is the place to go. Here you can listen to indie rock, house, old school, break beats, and more. For a more relaxed feel check out the lounge upstairs, but if you're feeling the need to dance dance dance than hit the floor.
This trendy lounge and nightclub is understated and classy with dim bare pendant lighting and cushy sofas. The Ink Club hosts a bevvy of patrons each and every night in its spacious establishment. The DJ booth features widescreen visuals and the music can be heard thumping through the crystal clear audio equipment. Cocktails are strong and inventive, and the House music will make you want to get out on the dance floor.
Havana is Latino-inspired, serving up South American music, food and drinks in a laid back setting. With a dance floor, bar, and beer garden, it attracts mainly the twenty-something set. The dim, smoky and humid interior definitely attests to the hot Central-American feel. Loud, sultry Latin rhythms pulsate, inspiring many to groove on the small dance floor. It serves up South American-influenced food with an emphasis on barbecued meats. You can order a selection of grilled meats and other goodies to go with your beer or cocktails in the comfortable beer garden. Prices for food are quite reasonable.
Just follow the huge floodlit ball east from Sanlitun to Chao Yang Park and you will come to this all-night party venue. There is rocking techno, laser lights, young urban professional Beijingers and a Filipino band that plays 1980s hits. Black suits with wide lapels and a skinny tie are a must for men. If you forget to stock up on barbecued lamb skewers at the gate, do not worry; there is a grill area on the roof.
This large European-style pub has become an increasingly popular spot for both Chinese and foreign clientele. A new menu has seen an increasing mix of Western and Chinese cuisine. The European design is reflected in the high ceilings and German-style long tables, while red tablecloths spice up the dark wooden furniture. A wide variety is on offer including salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, rice, and noodles. The drink list is fairly standard, catering to all those cocktail and beer lovers, but also offering a few non-alcoholic mixtures.
If you are looking out for a cool place to hangout, drop in at the Loft restaurant. The decor and the ambiance of the spacious bar spell elegance to the hilt. It caters to the hip and happening crowd of Beijing. Watch the chef dole out sumptuous delicacies in the open kitchen. In the evening, it plays light music, as the night proceeds rock music takes over. Let go off all the worries and enjoy the evening with a glass of cocktail.
A popular spot for Westerners living in the city, this nightclub has an impressive light and sound system that works well to highlight the guest DJ and set a high-energy mood. Despite the absence of a dance floor, this club is still well worth a visit. The crowd is friendly and the cocktails are known for their quality. Try the Lemon Drop Martini.