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Tender is the Beijing Night

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A May 2006 trip to Beijing by Paul Bacon

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Kai Club

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Attraction | "Kai"

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My two friends were over from England, so it was a cultural imperative that I show them not just the regulation sights such as the Forbidden City and Great Wall, but also the bright lights of Beijing by night. The obvious area to do this was, of course, Sanliturn. Despite the demolition of the famed bar street in 2005, the area still remains home to much of the Chinese capital’s best nightlife. So, just four or five hours after they had touched down on Asian soil we found ourselves reclining on expansive couches on Kai’s second floor. Nestled between the more vaunted locales of Poachers Inn and the Hidden Tree, Kai may not be the biggest, brightest, or most hyped of venues in Beijing, but it is we...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 1, 2006

Kai Club
Sanliturn
Beijing

World of Suzie Wong Club

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Hotel | "The Legend of Suzy Wongs"

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Overated and overpriced. The Crazy World of Suzy Wong’s could easily be described as a Beijing institution, yet as I exited into the streets of Beijing’s Chaoyangmen district I could not help but feel a little disappointed. Turn to the nightlife section of any guidebook on Beijing and you will find Suzy Weongs strongly mentioned, usually in impressive terms. Similarly speak to much of the Beijing ex-pat population and you will also get a glowing reference. When I have visited I can easily see the reasoning as to why it receives such high accolades, but I have failed to find myself captured by its spell. Suzy’s does tick a lot of boxes in terms of an excellent night on the tiles. On the wee...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 1, 2006

World of Suzie Wong Club
West Gate of Chaoyang Park
Beijing
010/6593-6049

Maggie's

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Attraction | "Maggies"

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Thanks to a combination of several 10RMB beers purchased at Kai in Sanliturn and my garbled attempts at Chinese pronunciation, I had failed to clearly communicate our exact destination to the taxi-driver. Instead I had been forced to resort to using a very basic offering of left and right in Chinese (zogwei/yogwei) to help us get to the general vicinity of where we were headed. It was only as we drew close to Maggie’s that our driver realised that we were aiming at one of Beijing’s more notorious establishments and let out a knowing little chuckle. Despite being located in the centre of the embassy district and having an imposing price-range, Maggies manages to be one of the seediest joints in al...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Maggie's
Gong Ren Ti Yu Chang East Road
Beijing, China
86 (0)10 6501 6655

Cutie Club

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If you are heading out on the town in Beijing, the chances are that you will find yourself in the western-oriented enclaves of Chaoyang or Sanliturn. These offer some excellent choices in both bars and night-clubs. The majority of these though attract a mainly ex-pat clientele. If you are looking for something with a little more diversity, then the Worker’s Stadium is the place to head.In terms of being a sports stadium, the concrete monolith has definitely seen better days. However, it has somewhat reinvented itself as home to a whole cluster of bars and nightlife. Two of the most popular of these are Vix and Mix situated just inside the north gate. Both are home to a combination of east and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Cutie Club
8 Gongti Xilu
Beijing 100000
86 10 6552 9988

Den

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Attraction | "The Den"

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I sat staring through a thick haze, which was comprised in equal measure of the effect of several hours drinking and the cheap cigar that was slowly burning out between my fingers. It was late and our around our table at the Den. It had been a long night, or at least it felt as such. At that moment it was somewhere in the vicinity of 2:30, yet despite our dishevelled states, we had only ventured four or five hours before. We had begun with grand plans of conquering Beijing, but had over-exerted ourselves before getting even remotely close to assault on Beijing’s nightlife was reaching a sedate and fatigued end as the three of us sat weeping the city. Thus we were sat in a semi-deserted Den having ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2006

Den
4 Gongtidong Road, Chao Yang District
Beijing, China 100027
+86 (0)10 6592 6290

Frank's Place

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Restaurant | "Frank's"

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Dipping through the underpass that runs beneath Beijing’s third ring road—one of the city’s major traffic arteries—you are beginning to move away from the beating heart of the city’s nightlife. However, despite being situated on a leafy side-street somewhere on the way into Chinese capital’s extremities, Frank’s manages to maintain something of a healthy lifeblood. Frank’s is one of Beijing’s top venues for watching sports, particularly in the summer months. It appears that whoever designed the interior was on a mission to fill every corner and to cover as much wall space as possible with TV screens. Of course venues for watching sports are not uncommon in Beijing. Both the Den and Club Football d...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 3, 2006

Frank's Place
Gong Ren Ti Yu Chang East Road, Chao Yang District East Gate Of Workers' Stadium
Beijing, China
86 (0)10 6507 2617

Club Football Centre

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Attraction | "Club Football"

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In terms of doing exactly what it says on the tin, Club Football is right there. That is of course, if you are British. Australians and Americans may have slightly different view of what football can be defined as. However, whether it is football or ‘soccer’ you are after it is an excellent venue. The décor of Club Football is pretty intense. The footy theme begins before you even get within ten meters of the entrance. The bar is set back around twenty metres from the road. So, to make finding it that much easier a giant soccer ball is placed next to the gate. Once inside though, things go genuinely football crazy. The walls are covered with framed shirts and actions shots of some of the world’s b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 6, 2006

Club Football Centre
10 Chunxiu Lu, Chaoyang District
Beijing

Club Mix

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Attraction | "Mix"

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Just as the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea is marked by the pillars of Hercules, the gates of Beijing’s Worker’s Stadium are also adorned by twin outcrops—the nightclubs Vick's and Mix. Whilst the two garish and rather tacky Chinese clubs may not quite match the rock of Gibraltar in terms of pure scale and splendour, they can often prove to be epic enough on the right evening. The European side of the Gibraltar straits is by far the most famous, similarly there is also something of a disparity between Vick's and Mix. Vick's has the more elaborate entrance, boasting an illuminated and elevated walkway that winds its way around the exterior of the building, but unfortunately the place seems to loose...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Club Mix
Worker's Stadium
Beijing, China
+86 (10) 6530 2889

Hidden Tree

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I suppose age is all relative. At 26, and seated in the comfortable and restrained atmosphere of the Hidden Tree, I was feeling very young. Part of this was the very relaxed and low-key set-up of the Tree. The place seems specifically organised for a quiet night’s socialising. The Tree is separated into three or four smallish sections. The bar is long and L-shaped with stools covering its length and width. In one of the adjoining rooms a band plays very chilled out acoustic guitar music with a gentle Latin feel. In the largest room is a giant pizza oven and an array of tables were a relatively mature clientele sit and chat away the evening. The Tree is a rather sedate venue for a Saturday ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 7, 2006

Hidden Tree
12 Dong Da Qiao Xie St
Nan San Li Tun Chao Yang District, China
+86 10 6509 3642