Changchun is home to a surprisingly large number of Western-style bars and clubs. However, when one measures the bars according to quality rather than quantity the number starts to decline somewhat. One of the main bar scenes is located on Yihe Lu (义和路) as well as a strip of bars on Longli Lu (隆礼路). However, as most expats who’ve spent a fair time in China have probably discovered, many bars along infamous “bar streets”, smothered in neon lights and with suspicious looking bar maids leave a lot to be desired. To avoid stumbling into the first dodgy bar you see, we’ve compiled a list of some of Changchun’s favourite expat watering holes.
3 MonkeysView In Map
Formerly known as Cheers Bar, Three Monkeys received a thorough face life and re-opened in early 2009. Designed by British, American and Italian architects, the bar only plays Western music and has English ale and Irish stout on its menu. The bar also brags a pool table and outdoor terrace, popular with expats in the Summer.
Addr: Tian’an City One, 661 Guigu Da Jie, Chaoyang District, Changchun (close to the south campus of Jilin University)
地址: 长春市朝阳区天安第一城 .硅谷大街661号(近吉林大学南校)
Ferry Port Bar 渡口酒吧 View In Map
This bar too also been revamped recently, its dingy interior replaced by a warm, friendlier decor. Ferry Port Bar is a popular after-work hangout with local expats. It’s chilled out atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for catching up with friends over a cold beer.
Add: 17 Guiling Lu, Chaoyang District, Changchun
The Second HomeView In Map
This bar opposite the Shangri-la hotel is a popular destination among the expat community in Changchun. A live band performs regularly and the bar’s beer menu is quite extensive. Cosy, warm and intimate, Second Home Bar easily lives up to its name.
Add: Opposite the Shangri-La Hotel (across the street to the right)
Address of Shangri-La Hotel Changchun:
569 Xian Lu, Changchun
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