Just visiting Hangzhou or are you a newbie trying to get the lay of the land? Take a peek at the best bars and clubs in our guide to nightlife in the city, and find out where to go to throw some serious shapes or just hang out with old and new friends.
Source: Wenkan Zhu
1) Ellen’s Bar
Ellen’s is situated in the popular bar area in the west of Hangzhou, close to all of the nightlife. Although there is no ‘bar street’ per se, the most popular ones – such as this – are all located close enough to be a 10-15 minute walk between each (or 11 RMB in a taxi for the ladies that may be wearing skyscraper heels and don’t fancy tottering along!)
A well-known expat haunt that caters mainly towards the students and TEFL teachers, it’s young, lively and loud! With cheap and cheerful drink prices and a menu serving typical Western fare and bar snacks, what’s not to like? Each night has different drinks offers on that change occasionally throughout the year, from 10 RMB mojito nights to 5 RMB tequila and kamikaze shot nights and buy one get one free beer nights, this is the perfect ‘starting off’ bar to get your groove on before moving to a club later in the evening. With a rustic style decor reminiscent of a beach bar and graffiti all over the walls, Ellen’s is a laid-back, friendly establishment that also serves shisha and by 23:00 the music gets cranked up loud enough that conversation is all but impossible.
Add: 58 Xueyuan Road (On Huanggushan Henglu), Xihu District, Hangzhou
Tel: 0571 8993 6840
Opening Hours: 16:00 – 04:00
2) 7 Bar
The newly reopened 7 Bar which underwent a refurbishment early October is tucked away in a little side street facing the Dragon Hotel on Shuguang Road. With a hidden doorway on the left hand side right next to the shop on the corner that you’d miss if you weren’t looking for it, this is the place to go for a laid-back, cool atmosphere either as a precursor to a club or just to hang out there and chill with friends for the evening with an eclectic mix of music. Prices are pretty standard with beers and spirits coming in at 30-60 RMB.
Add: 43 Shuguang Road, Xihu District
Tel: 0571 8643 1517
Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
Located in the basement of the above-mentioned Dragon Hotel, this is another popular bar that also has a club feel with most expats heading there a little later in the evening but usually before midnight. An ambient atmosphere is created with dimmed lighting and a stage, with the area in front of the bar something of a dance floor. InClub showcases a variety of performers with various DJ’s and the house band performing there throughout the week. Get yourself there early and you may be lucky enough to bag yourself a table with some complimentary drinks: the management set aside a certain amount of free drinks usually until midnight for foreigners in order to entice them in, making it a popular destination until around 2.00am when it empties out.
Add: B1/F, The Dragon Hotel, 120 Shuguang Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Tel: 0571 8799 8833
Opening Hours: 19:00 – 03:00
4) Coco Banana
The place to go after hours when you’re wanting to party until way past the witching hour! Coco Banana plays all of the latest popular dance music and it’s jam packed every night of the week. Cheap drinks prices keep a regular crowd of expats coming back for more and with foreigner specials such as 5 drinks for 50 RMB, it’s not difficult to see why. If you want a table then you should head over by around 23:30 otherwise it’s likely to be standing room only from then on. This club boasts a dance floor and a variety of DJ’s; with international guest DJ’s, promotional nights and various competitions regularly held to keep attracting the clientele.
Add: 2/F, Block A, Dragon Times Square, Junction of Wantang Road and Tianmushan Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Tel: 152 2400 5705
Opening Hours: 19:00 - very late
5) Coco Jeff
Just two blocks up from Coco Banana is Coco Jeff. In a similar vein, it’s a club to go and party at when you’re looking for somewhere that stays open until the sun comes up, with similar music and customers. Like most clubs in Hangzhou it fills up quickly and tables are at a premium so head down there early if standing all night isn’t your thing. Drinks are between 20 – 50 RMB for spirit mixers and beers.
Add: 1/F, East of South Wantanghui, 262 Wantang Road, Xihu District
Tel: 135 8845 7566
Opening Hours: 19:00 - very late
6) Vineyard Cafe
This famous expat bar is where everybody goes for good Western food and a relaxed, quieter atmosphere where the music doesn’t induce burst eardrums. It is full from early evening on wards and Wade – the owner – speaks good English, catering toward a loyal group of expats that come back time and time again. Vineyard shows all of the sports games and is one of only a handful of places in the city to do so, so if you’re sport mad and can’t bear to miss the game then get yourself down there for some decent grub, a large selection of beers and spirits and various drinks offers week in week out. Prices are a little higher than elsewhere but nothing that will break the bank for example from 16:00 – 20:00 it is buy one get one free on cocktails which are anywhere between 40 – 60 RMB. Closing time is usually around 1:00.
Add: 1/F, Zhongtian Mansion, 173 Yugu Road, Xihu District, Hangzhou
Tel: 0571 8763 2388
Opening Hours: 9:30– 1:00 (kitchen closes at 22:00)
7) Club G+
If popular dance music isn’t your thing and you want something more house or techno based, then get yourself down to G+ - situated beside the famous West Lake – to strut your stuff. This club is different to the others in that it regularly has live dancers up on stage or descending from the ceiling on cables. With many international DJ’s performing there too, it’s always bursting at the seams and tables are all but impossible to obtain. Again, foreigner drinks specials keep it busy with many of the same faces plus a dance floor in front of the DJ booth.
Add: 1/F, West Lake International Trade Center, 50 Hubin Road, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou
Tel: 0571 2819 5888
Opening Hours: 21:00 - very late
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