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worldwide club guide: beijing

nightlife in beijing

Beijing showed the world during the 2008 Olympics that it could throw a spectacular party and even though the Olympic flame is out, nightlife in the Chinese capital continues to burn brightly. There are far too many clubs to cover in just one post, so consider this Part One of my Beijing nightlife picks.

Babyface in the Chaoyang District is a favorite dance club for Beijing high-society types who want to cut loose. There’s almost an Ibiza flavor in the heady atmosphere of wild abandon, and Chinese socialites and cool ex-pats fill the dancefloor all night on the weekend.

The World of Suzie Wong (near the west gate of Chaoyang Park) is another trendy nightspot, popular with a hip, young Beijing crowd. I suggest you arrive early in order to reserve one of their Ming canopy beds or plush sofas. The cocktails are fancy, the design is sophisticated and local and international DJs spin tasty tunes all night long. Suzie Wong’s is one of ‘the’ places to check out the local talent and be checked out too, of course.

If you like hip-hop then Mix is definitely the club to hit up. As the name suggests, the crowd is a mix of locals and guests from all over the world and this spacious club with a very post-modern design regularly hosts foreign DJs. Drinks are expensive but the sound and lighting systems are rocking and you can grab a bite to eat on the second floor. Located inside the north gate of the Worker’s Stadium, Mix keeps the party going until 6am every day.

Vics is located opposite Mix inside the Worker’s Stadium and offers a good mix of reggae, R&B, hip-hop and pop. Wednesday’s Ladies nights are a favorite with local foreigners and it’s one of those clubs where you can easily find a ‘date’ (if you know what I mean) with a happy, friendly crowd who fill the dancefloor all night, every night.

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