Chongqing’s nightlife scene is alive and kicking, with an ever increasing number of bars and clubs joining the burgeoning bar scene every year. However, Chongqing has a number of long-running mainstays and themed bars which continue to be popular both with new customers and their loyal following. This article introduces some of the more popular bars in Chongqing.
Soho Bar 苏荷酒吧 View In Map
Soho Bar is a famous nationwide chain bar and is hugely popular here in Chongqing, attracting a predominantly young and fashionable crowd. The décor is modern, and European and American hip hop and funk usually blares from the speakers. Their unique cocktails are also very popular. The bar’s pole dancing performances are also a big hit, and those who want to get in on the action themselves can learn and practice with professional dancers.
Add: 1F, Deyi Shijie, 88 Jiaochangkou, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Tel: 023 6379 7776
Opening hours: 19:30 - 06:00
Getting there: Take Bus No. 109, 郊790, 871, 152, 717 or 301
Concept 98, Photo: china-designer.com
Concept 98概念98View In Map
Concept 98 is one of Chongqing’s long-running bars, with over ten years of history in the city. The bar is located on the banks of the Jiangling River and the window seats offer beautiful views of the river.
The bar is comprised of two floors and serves both Western food and drinks. The first floor is where the bar and stage are located. Live bands play here every evening after 22:00. The seats are big enough to fit 6-7 people – perfect for a gathering of friends. The second floor offers magnificent views of the river, and the atmosphere is cosy and romantic. One of the bar’s main selling points is its collection of red wine: Concept 98 stocks some 80 types of wine, one of the biggest wine collections in Chongqing.
Add: 109-1, Jiabin Lu, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Tel: 023 6374 9898
Opening hours: 12:00-24:00
Getting there: Take Bus No. 248, 609 to Sanyuan Qiao, get off and walk 160 metres to the bar
Music House音乐房子 View In Map
Not surprisingly, music is the main theme of this bar. The bar is divided into several function areas: the main room, private booths and an open-air roof terrace. Those who want to listen to music can go to the main room or the booths, and those who want to enjoy beautiful views of Chongqing should go up to the roof terrace. The bar is equipped with professional sound equipment and lighting, and is furnished with colourful sofas and warm lighting, lending the bar a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.
The bar has live bands every night, as well as performances by talented singers. A good selection of jazz, rock, R&B and country music is played here, as well as classics, and the latest popular hits. What’s more, the bar hosts a special music themed event every two weeks, making this bar a great platform of exchange between pop music and underground music from both China and overseas.
Add: 88 Jiabin Lu, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Tel: 023 6303 8289
Opening hours: 18:00 - 02:00
Getting there: Take Bus No. 104, 114, 122, 130, 132, 135, 262 or Light Rail 2 to Linjiangmen. The bar is a 60metre walk from the bus stop
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