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The Top 10 Bars In Wuhan, China

Le quartier de Tanhualin (Wuhan, Chine)©Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr
Le quartier de Tanhualin (Wuhan, Chine)©Jean-Pierre Dalbéra/Flickr
Being the capital of the Hubei province, the megalopolis of Wuhan offers varied and colourful entertainment. For those looking for a fun night out, Wuhan’s bar scene provides interesting alternatives for locals and visitors. Here are the best spots to enjoy a night out in Wuhan.
Cocktails © Marler/WikiCommons

Soho Bar

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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Soho is the place to see and be seen. This is where the Chinese business crowds gather and where visitors can experience the city’s luxurious side while enjoying a fancy cocktail. Clearly an upscale bar and nightclub, it gets packed during the weekends, so be prepared to stand. Loud music, serious socialising and a mixture of Chinese and visitors make Soho bar one of Wuhan’s favourite bars.
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Chloé Bar À Vins

Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub
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Located in a Russian heritage building in the historic Hankou District, this elegant French wine bar and lounge merges East with West. Chloé Bar À Vins’ focus is wines from Bordeaux and other international wines, as well as a selection of popular cocktails and a small French and Spanish tapas menu. The stylish decor with wine bottles covering the walls creates an intimate and sophisticated ambience to enjoy a glass of red in style. The staff speak English, French and Chinese.
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Return 97 & Very Return Club

Bar, Wine Bar, Pub Grub
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This popular bar and nightclub comprises of a night club on the first floor and an elegant wine bar on the second floor. A ‘proper’ nightclub, Return 97 is a hot spot for weekly parties and regular guest music performances, and it attracts big groups of young people who dance the night away.
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Vox Livehouse

Bar, Pub Grub
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Brain failure, VOX Bar | © Mark Hammond/Flickr
Brain failure, VOX Bar | © Mark Hammond/Flickr

The most popular underground music and gig hot spot in town, Vox Jiu Ba is the heart of the alternative scene in Wuhan. During the last few years, Vox has transformed Wuhan’s music scene and today it hosts rock bands from all over China who perform live almost every night. If you want a great vibe, lively atmosphere and a mixed crowd of Chinese and expats, Vox Livehouse is the place to be.
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Wuhan Prison

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub Grub
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This tiny dive bar around the corner from Vox was opened by local punk/metal musicians and it was intended as an ’after’ hangout for Vox musicians and bands. Wuhan Prison makes expats feel at home, with an alternative vibe, a good selection of lager and well made cocktails. Occasional live gigs, great atmosphere and friendly staff make Wuhan Prison a must-visit spot while in Wuhan.
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Brussels Beer Garden

Bar, Belgian, Pub Grub
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Westmalle Trappist Dubbel | © Adam Barhan/Flickr

Offering a great selection of Belgian and German bottled and draft beers, Brussels Beer Garden is a popular spot for expats missing home, and for locals who like its European pub feel. This cozy and quaint bar-bistro-cafe is a laid back option to enjoy a few pints and get some good bar food in a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for groups and for socialising.
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The Atomium

Bar, Belgian, Pub Grub, European
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Located by the Wuhan lake, the Atomium is the best place to have real Belgian beers while enjoying a spectacular lakefront setting. A sister bar to Brussels Beer Garden, it offers the same quality selection of pub food and beers at good prices. Almost all major sports events are shown live on its numerous screens, so it’s the perfect destination for game night.
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Blue Sky Cafe

Bar, Fusion, $$$
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Blue Sky Cafe is an all round bar, cafe, restaurant and nightclub that is popular with visitors as it regularly hosts themed parties that attract the expat community. During the weekends it also becomes a popular live music venue. Blue Sky cafe has two floors, one with a laid back lounge atmosphere perfect for social groups, and the other is a nightclub with a dance floor and a DJ booth.
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Hot & Crazy Sugar Daddy York Bar

Bar, Pub Grub
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Better known as ‘York Bar’, this well known beer joint sits in the middle of a busy street in Hankou. A quirky chill out spot, it features an outside bar with plenty of tables, perfect for laid back summer nights. York Bar hosts regularly hosts live music events. Its eccentric owner ‘Sugar Daddy’ is an interesting local character worth talking to; he loves chatting to foreigners. A gallery of African masks and other antiquities can be found within York Bar’s premises.
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Late Night

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Casual, Outdoors, Arty