The bar scene in Qingdao may not be the biggest or the most glamorous in China, but there’s certainly enough variety to satisfy pretty much everyone’s tastes. Whether you’re looking to spend a quiet evening with a special someone, or you’re ready to cut loose and put the work week behind you, there’s a bar for you in Qingdao. While this list is by no means comprehensive, here are 10 of our favorite watering holes around town to suit every kind of mood:
1) Old Jack’s Bar 老杰克酒吧View In Map
Step inside Old Jack’s Bar and you’ll get the distinct feeling you’re in a pirate movie. Between the warm wood furnishings and the rough, rustic décor, this is the place to go either for a quiet evening reminiscing at the bar, or a rowdy night with the boys (or girls). Make a special effort to seek out Old Jack himself to chat with while he makes his specialty - the best gin and tonic this side of the Yangtze.
Add: 65 Xianggang Zhonglu, Shinan District, Fushan Bay Area (Central Qingdao), Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8578 1207
2) Club New York 纽约吧View In Map
One of the best places to listen to live music, you’re almost guaranteed to run across a band pretty much any day of the week. Not surprisingly, Club New York tends to attract an international crowd from the surrounding hotels, making it a great place to see and be seen.
Add: 2F Overseas Chinese International Hotel, 41 Xianggang Zhonglu, Shinan District, Fushan Bay Area (Central Qingdao)
Tel: 0532 8573 9199
3) Le Bang French Bar 乐邦法国餐吧 View In Map
Due to its all-you-can-drink deals on the weekend, Le Bang French Bar is one of the more popular places for the younger crowd. Be sure to save room for their tasty bar food offerings and enjoy the atmosphere while sipping their expertly mixed cocktails.
Add: 13 Chenghai Yi Lu, Shinan District, Fushan Bay Area (Central Qingdao) , Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8593 5279
4) Lennon BarView In Map
This place offers the best of both worlds. Serving up some fantastic Chinese food, Lennon Bar also features plenty of places (and reasons) to play! With their foosball and pool tables, plus their live music on the weekends, there are ample opportunities to keep yourself entertained.
Add: 20 Zhuhai Lu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8589 3899
5) Charlie’s Bar 查理斯酒吧View In Map
One of the best places to meet people, this is where the singles gather for great music and well mixed drinks. For those sports lovers out there, don’t miss the sports games that regularly play on one of the many televisions throughout this bar – you can usually catch most of them live.
Add: 167 Jiangxi Lu, Shinan District, Fushan Bay Area (Central Qingdao), Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8589 7919
6) Freeman Bar & Café 自由人咖啡View In Map
Walking into Freeman Bar & Café gives you the impression that you’re walking into a cozy – albeit extremely classy and sophisticated – home. The soft overhead lighting helps you focus on the fantastic music, while the delightfully low drink prices will have you doing a double take.
Add: 38 Hubei Lu, Qingdao
Tel: 86 158 5321 1877
7) Café Roland 朗园咖啡View In Map
Café Roland is the go-to place on luscious summer nights. Sip on some cocktails and enjoy the view in their peaceful outdoor beer garden. Located directly next to Beach Number Three, it’s the perfect place to refresh yourself after a sun-filled day on the shore.
Add: 9 Taipingjiao Erlu, Shinan District, Fushan Bay Area (Central Qingdao), Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8387 5734
8) F1 Bar F1酒吧View In Map
A boy’s bar if ever there was one, F1 Bar shows your favorite sports matches on their enormous 65” television, all the while offering beer specials during major sports tournaments. No sports on TV? Don’t worry – you can play their Play Station 2 system on the massive screen, or try your hand at the old-fashioned foosball tables. Also enjoy live music and drink specials that are mighty impressive.
Add: Building 6, 14 Gutian Lu, Shinan District, Fushan Bay Area (Central Qingdao), Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8593 2196
9) Q Bar 炫吧View In Map
If you’re looking for great deals, look no further than Q Bar. Satisfy your dance craving at their Monday Salsa nights or stop by on Wednesdays for their Ladies Night promotions. Music also abounds at this bar, with either live bands or a DJ playing every night.
Add: 1F, Shangri-La Hotel, 9 Xianggang Zhong Lu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8388 3838
10) Corner Jazz Club 街角爵士吧View In Map
It’s probably unnecessary to introduce this bar. Practically everyone has been to the Corner Jazz Club at least once while living in Qingdao. And if you haven’t, why not?! This is the place to go to guarantee that your weekend gets off to a raucous start. Whether it’s your first stop of the night or your last (which is often the case), you’re sure to enjoy the sophisticated ambience of this reasonably priced bar.
Add: 153 Minjiang Lu, Shinan District, Qingdao
Tel: 0532 8575 8560
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