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The popular Houhai (Back Lakes) district is a popular nighttime hangout for expats and locals in Beijing. Houhai Bar Street, which lines the Shichahai Lake, is the most famous nightlife district in Beijing.

Everything starts livening up from 8pm, making it a great first-stop for your night out.

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Bars and Clubs

There are over 120 bars and clubs along Houhai Bar Street and the surrounding area – from small live music venues to clubs and even a Buddhist bar! New ones are opening and closing all the time, so our best advice is to listen out for the best music and biggest crowds on the night.


If you’re there a bit earlier in the day, don’t worry! There are also many small restaurants and pubs serving affordable food and snacks all day long. 

Practical info

Transport: take metro line 8 to Shichahai (什刹海), leave via exit A2. Turn left, walk to the lake then turn right. You’ll come across the first bars within 5 minutes of walking along the lakeside.


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