When it comes to bars, Wudaokou is probably not as flamboyant as the famous Sanlitun
bar area, but with its proximity to the College Road and numerous branches of multinational corporations, Wudaokou is never short of good bars and pubs, whether you are looking for a bold party or a secret place for some peaceful time alone.
Bar, American, $$$
Located right next to the Wudaokou Subway Station, LUSH in the daylight is a cozy western restaurant, and at night turns into a fun spot full of Chinese and overseas students from the universities nearby. The bar regularly holds band performance or events like quiz night in the evenings. If you go to LUSH between 8pm and 10pm, you can enjoy the same kind of drink at the price of 3 for 2.
LUSH | © Gabriel White / Flickr
Bar, Pub Grub
The famous 13 Club is first a livehouse, then a bar. Here you can enjoy live performances from indie musicians from both China and abroad (mostly hardcore punk bands, and sometimes folk music artists), and meet people who share the same interest. You may order a beer or cocktail, or just sit there and immerse yourself in the world of music – after all the music is what the place is about.
Bar, Pub Grub
Different from the nightclubs in Sanlitun, where a large proportion of their customers are white collars, the clubs in Wudaokou are dominated by students. Sensation is one typical night club of Wudaokou. The DJ mostly plays the songs of K-pop stars who are popular among young Chinese people, and the low light makes the dancefloor a perfect place for you to dance without having to give a damn about other people’s judgements.
Bar, Gastropub, Pub, Pub Grub
The Propaganda is the top choice for indecisive people. Its first floor is a pub where you can have a peaceful time on your own or with friends; but if you walk downstairs to the B2 floor, you’ll find a completely different world, where all kinds of people dance to the deafening music like mad. The Propaganda’s guests are mainly students so the price is not as high as clubs in Sanlitun.
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
The cocktail pub’s style is as cute as its name. Its cocktails are mostly light and refreshing: The Melon Tiki, with watermelon flesh inside, tastes just like summer; the Matcha cocktail is creatively blended with cucumber; if you can’t choose your favorite from the menu because all look so good, you can order the Rainbow cocktail which is six small glasses of cocktails of different, rainbow colors. The Catail also highlights a blackboard on which they write witty sentences from time to time, like “Our air-conditioner is as cold as your ex’s heart”.
Beer Nest (Pijiu Wo)
Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
is known for its bustling bars, but there are pubs like Beer Nest where you can focus on the drinks. The pub has a variety of craft beers to choose from, and if you are dazed by the beers’ fancy names on the menu you can always talk to the master for advice. The only down side is that the beers are much more expensive than Taobao, but even though the beers are easy to buy online, it’s not that easy to buy the atmosphere.
Snow Zone Café Bar
Gastropub, Pub Grub, $$$
The large English letters on the bar’s front are hard for people to ignore, yet sometimes makes them want to ignore the bar even more. Regardless, the bar that features skiing is a good place for ski enthusiasts. You can meet people of the same interest here and feast your eyes on the professional ski equipment from the master’s collection. And you must try their dart machine, which can connect to other players via internet.