The most of the night life in Beijing is concentrated to one street 'Sanli Tun', this street is full of small nice bars, some with live music. This is the street where both the local people and the toursist go, some bars are open until 5 or 6 in the morning.
You can also find some discos in the city, I have seen advertisements but never had the time to go...
Karaoke bars are common in Beijing (as everywhere in China and Asia).. but do not expect the same to find any strip-bars like in many other asian countries...
Anyway.. Go out and have some fun in the evening!
Dress Code: Whatever.... as long as you have clothes...
The main concentration of bars is in the area known as Sanlitun, which is nestled in the embassy district. It is basically made of two streets going north to south of the Goungti Beilu. Most of the bars are open during the day as restaurants, and then, depending on where u go, become blazing pits of drunken debauchery, quiet dens of social drinking or venues for amateur and semiprofessional rock or jazz bands.
To meet expats go to Sanlitun any night of the week. It is close to most of the embassies and has a silk market of its own during the day. Nice restaurants.
For a more Chinese taste try some of the clubs mentioned in travel guides. We went to one club on what appeared to be on an Army Base, interesting.
Beijingers refer to Sanlitun Lu as the ' Golden Street', which may have as much to do with the price of real estate as the fact that business is booming here. Sanlitun Lu must account for about 75% of the expat bar-cafes in town.
Jazz Ya is an enormous place and one of the busiest expat night spots in Beijing. The official address is 18 Sanlitun Beilu, although it's actually hidden in a small alley just to the east of the main road. It's open 10.30am to 2am.
Nearby, Dai Sy's Pub at 48 Sanlitun Lu is a very popular spots and has outdoor tables. It opens early and is a good spot for lunch and dinner.
Maggie's Bar on Xinyuan Lu is the place to go if you want to stay out all night- operating hours are typically from 6pm to 5am.
Sun Lin Tun is an area in Beijing, which has all the bars and pubs with live music.. there are many in this area and you might want to take a look around before deciding on one. There is a "SWING" bar, which I thought was the best... great live music.. and a small cozy place.
Dress Code: Anything/Nothing
Two bars in the south part of the SanLiTun bar district, right next too each other. Limited seating, but the alcohol is cheap! If you frequent, the bartender tends to be a bit generous.
Dress Code: Anything, just make sure you are wearing something!
San Li Tun street is the famous bar street of Beijing, in north half, there is Chinese live pop music show, it's noisey in these bars, the bar in the south half is more quiet.