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Get ready to shake your money maker, Beijing's hottest dance clubs await!



Beijing offers a lot in the way of night time entertainment. From amazing international-standard bars to cocktail lounges, clubs, plays, ballets and live music, the city has it all. But once the party really gets started the group always ends up at one of these amazing clubs. You can shake your booty from late until well after the sun has risen at some of Beijing's most glamorous, seedy or downright kitsch clubs.

For downtown fun where you'll always find a crowd head to the Worker's Stadium. Fringed with clubs like Vics, Mix, Banana and many others, the Worker's Stadium is the go-to spot for late night (or early morning) partying. But the fun comes with a side dish of danger as the bouncers in the area are known to be overly zealous, and have taken to harassing Western and African clients, including several severe beatings. Meanwhile, groups of drunk locals are known to dislike Westerners hitting on Chinese women in these clubs. As with anywhere in the world, stay with the group and be safe, and you'll have a world of fun!

Another fun area is Lucky Street, where you'll find the World of Suzie Wongs ready to swoop you into it's opium-den style cabaret. Beware some of the ladies here come with a price tag (tsk, tsk) but if you're out for a fun night with the lads it's a delicious place to while away the wee morning hours. Other clubs, like Juicy Club, The Beach and Tang, line Lucky Street.

For a fully Chinese clubbing experience, try Tang, Angel, or the infamous Babyface. All of these cater to the local crowd and are thus over-the-top by international clubbing standards. This can mean great fun if you don't object to neon drinks, flashing lights and cheesy '80s dance tunes.


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Tang Club


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.

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China Doll


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.

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The World of Suzie Wong


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 d├ęcor 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.

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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.

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The Den


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.

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Mix


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.

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Bar Blu


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.

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Banana


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.

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Babyface


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.

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Angel


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.

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Meet Lauren Johnson

Lauren has been living in Asia for the past five years. She holds a master's degree in Asian history. Lauren spends her free time reading, writing and traveling and visiting zoos in every city possible.

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