Voted by trendy "Beijing This Month" magazine as the Best Club of 2007, Tang attracts an in-crowd of Beijing youth. Brightly decorated with purple neon and fibre optic cables, Tang offers karaoke suites on the second floor while downstairs a diet of lounge music, hip-hop and funky house music is served.
Local Expert tip: A popular local club where you'll find Beijing's beautiful people dancing into the wee hours of the morning.
A three-tiered dance club / lounge designed with an erotic aquamarine theme. The lounge floor is popular, so if you want a table for your group, reserve it in advance. Dance floor tunes include hip-hop, techno, R & B and a midnight splash of jungle. Perhaps the best disco for over 30s!
Local Expert tip: A wonderful mix of local, expat and tourist clientele makes this the best place to go to mingle.
One of the longest-running clubs in Beijing, The World of Suzie Wong is a flagship in Beijing's nightlife scene, founded in 2002. Named after the protagonist from British novelist Richard Mason's fiction, this flamboyant club is the place to hang out with the rich and pretty in the capital. The space is divided into five areas. The whimsical 1920-style Touch bar is the core of the club where DJs, performers and parties take action; the charming Suzie Wong lounge on the other hand mixes the modern and imperial Beijing styles in décor and is more intimate and classy. The spacious terrace can hold up to 200 people and is great to hang out at when the weather is nice.
Recommended for Dance Clubs because: One of the longest-running clubs in Beijing, The World of Suzie Wong is a flagship in Beijing's nightlife scene.
Tracy You's expert tip: The club recently added a KTV lounge, Suzie Lounge where you can order your friends a round of cocktail then jump onto the stage to find your 15 minutes of fame.
A small nightclub that is not as wild as many of the area's clubs, Nest's patronage is mainly Chinese and that is reflected in the decor and service. Hip-hop and loud bass are the anthems here, but entry is free, and it sometimes has live bands.
Local Expert tip: Best not to go solo to this mostly local club.
The Den is a two-story discotheque that offers pop and dance hits upstairs and an opium den theme downstairs where great pizza and bagels are on the menu. Very popular with Westerners living in the city.
Local Expert tip: More an after-party spot than a club, the Den has played host to drunks for over a decade.
This is THE place to go in Beijing for Hip-Hop, especially at weekends. It's a hardcore, sweaty, flirty, young crowd that hits Mix. Also serves decent food upstairs.
Local Expert tip: For late night booty shaking, this is Beijing's best option. But beware the overzealous bouncers.
A popular hangout for the young and promiscuous. Dance, disco, pop and techno is the main diet here. Bar Blu frequently hosts theme nights, so you should call beforehand to check what's going on. Happy Hour 5 - 9 and Ladies Nights on Fridays and Saturdays. Bar Blu also has a lovely refreshing roof terrace.
Local Expert tip: Discounts every night of the week, sign up for the VIP card.
Banana is a European-style dance club with a heavy accent on trance and techno. It gets popular late at night, and with international DJs and an excitable crowd, it's one of the wildest spots in the city.
Local Expert tip: One of Beijing's raunchiest clubs, Banana is known for it's seedy fun factor.
If you want to rub shoulders with Beijing's young high society, this is the place to come, especially on weekends. Great tunes; in fact, it has something of an Ibiza flavor.
Local Expert tip: Best to tag along with a group to a ritzy establishment like Babyface.
This Chinese-style nightclub can often be a bit bright and kitsch, but it's a good nightspot for a group of friends as you can request a private room or a table. Service is good and drinks are not overpriced.
Local Expert tip: Book in advance around holidays and busy weekends.