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Tianjin at night can be rather tame if you don’t know where to look. Big city nightlife isn’t the most happening here, with many bars shutting down at 2am, as locals prefer to go home around the last call. But don’t let this deter you from exploring the city’s nocturnal side. From high-end lounges to hole-in-the-wall bars, here are the spots to either relax and have a drink with pals, or to find fellow expats and tourists, trade stories and enjoy nightcaps.
Arguably Tianjin’s hottest nightclub, this is a wildly popular spot that attracts a hip crowd. Some of the world’s finest DJs come to spin at Muse. If you’re in the mood for a loud and wild evening, this is definitely the place to party ’til dawn.
Verified by expats from the Czech Republic as an authentic drinking experience, here you’ll find some of Tianjin’s best craft brews. Sample dark ales and light lagers hailing from Prague. They may be a little more pricey than pubs elsewhere, but worth the extra charge.
The Dublin Irish Pub is regarded as one of Tianjin’s greatest hidden gems. Known for some of the best dining and drinking deals in town and as friendly and authentic as you would expect an Irish pub to be. With outstanding service and Guinness and Kilkenny on tap, expats return here again and again.
Nestled within the corridors of the Astor Hotel is this illustrious, speakeasy-styled retro lounge. O Hara’s Bar is the definition of cool – a swanky joint with impeccable live jazz. Step inside the early 1990s colonial Tianjin and absorb its unique atmosphere.
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The infamous smoky bar where you’ll find international students and backpackers alike. Helen’s is one of the easiest bars in Tianjin to unwind and make new friends. Order hookah to smoke on, while enjoying one of their pizzas or famed Mojitos.
A hidden gem complete with dim lights, live music and giant bottle caps adorning the walls, this jazzy bar serves reasonably priced wines and American fusion food. Here you’ll catch live performances from some of Tianjin’s best local bands.
Looking for that one pulsing basement techno club in Tianjin? Round2 is the city’s first underground EDM club. Having just opened in late 2016, renowned DJs regularly perform live, building its reputation as the most authentic electronica rave in Tianjin.
If you’re looking for a unique and authentic Bavarian atmosphere, this is the place. Paulaner has a wide range of freshly tapped drafts, imported beer and specialties from Germany. Experience the warmth and heartiness of Bavaria at this beer garden in Tianjin.
One of the best dance bars for foreigners in Tianjin, a little on the tacky side maybe, but in a lovable way. Sitong attracts expats and international students alike, with nightly live entertainment. Best to go with a group of friends for a big, noisy night out.
Tucked away in a newly converted three-storey courtyard, this homegrown-inspired brewery has been an absolute hit among Tianjin’s expat community. One of the best picks in town for birthdays and celebrations, it has a range of handcrafted brews and a busy courtyard in the summertime.
Located on the outskirts of downtown Tianjin, Babi is one of the hottest venues in the metropolis, with passionate music, live dancers and vintage wine. Tip: if you’re in Tianjin during Halloween this is the place to dress up and party with zombies and werewolves.
Want a taste of America in the Aocheng District? This new sports bar is known for its wide range of ales, spirits and American and Chinese food. TVs surround the pub screening rugby, football and many other sporting events. Great for a guys’ night out.
Brightly illuminated outside and with chandeliers and stylish decor indoors, Le Nest is frequented by Tianjin’s locals, businessmen and students. You won’t find too many expats here. Not much room for dancing or places to sit in this popular club, but worth a look.
Claiming to be Tianjin’s first and original bar for foreigners, this secluded dive bar with walls liberally covered in graffiti was formerly a hotpot restaurant. Despite its impractical location and grungy feel, Ali Baba remains a weekender’s favourite.
O’Hara’s, located just off the old lobby of The Astor Hotel, offers the intimacy of an English gentleman’s lounge with regal Winchester styled sofas and an oversized bar counter. Share drinks with friends and family while listening to live music from Tuesday through Saturday. A large selection of beer, single malt whiskey, and innovative cocktail creations keep guests coming back for more.