Hou Hai/Gu Lou/Nan Lou Gu Xiang Nightlife in Beijing

A night out in the Gu Lou, Nanluoguxiang and Hou Hai area is a night of culture, charm and mom and pop shop cafes and bars. You aren't likely to find any big business here. With a view of Hou Hai Lake for some, or of the famous Nanluoguxiang historical hutong alleyway for others, these bars are all small, cultural and chic. These are not one-night stops, these establishments become your favorite places in Beijing overnight, and remain the places you want to return to time and again.

On Nanluoguxiang, the culturally hutong community alleyway, you'll find adorable little bars like Ned's, an Aussie-owned and themes watering hole that specializes in giant mugs of Jack and coke. Pass By Bar, towards the southern end of Nanluoguxiang, is a prime example of a cultural hutong cafe and bar where you can either get a delicious meal or else drink from a menu that spans several pages. Salud, a Latin-American themed rum bar displays an impressive amount of rum-based knowledge and several home brews. With two floors, you'll be able to watch the establishment fill up on weekend to standing room only. The bartenders are flashy and vibrant, and make drinking there a blast.

Hou Hai Lake has several stand out bars, namely Lotus Blue, which is a delicate blend of Thai food, Belgian comic book characters and a fully-stocked Western bar. You'll love the view, adore the decor and find yourself returning again and again for the atmosphere. Huxley's, down a back alley around the lake, is a low-key, hostel-like establishment where you are just as likely to meet your new best friend as have a quiet night updating your diary. Hai Bar and Hope Bar are local Chinese favorites near the lake where you can get a cheap drink, hang out with locals and even learn their famous dice betting game.

Gu Lou has a few impressive bars as well, namely Mao Livehouse, which is a club/bar that looks more like it would be at home in downtown Detroit than in Beijing. You'll find several adorable shops, cafes and bars nearby, including a vampire-themes alleyway bar around the corner from Mao.

Ned's

84 Nanluo Guxiang

Small Aussie hangout pub... read more

Pass by Bar

108 Nanluoguxiang

Adorable travel-focused cafe and bar... read more

MAO Livehouse

111 Guloudajie

Prime Music Venue... read more

East Shore Live Jazz Cafe

2 Qianhai Nanyan Lu

Ultimate style... read more

Lotus Blue

51-6 Di'anmen Dajie
Hou Hai

Homage to Herge, and the best spot for HouHai lakeside dining... read more

Huxley's

16 Yandai Xiejie

No nonsense bar with very low prices... read more

Hai Bar

36 Yandai Xiejie

360 Degree Hou Hai... read more

Hope Bar

20 Hou Hai Nan
West of Yinding Bridge

Something to be Hopeful About... read more

Salud

Nan Luogu Xiang 66

Home-brewed rum, dancing and tapas!... read more

Cafe Heaven and Earth

2 Qianhai Beiyan
Hou Hai

Hear the Angels Sing... read more
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