Hangzhou has a sizeable expat community and several university campuses with large numbers of international students so a great nightlife scene has developed to cater to both foreigners and locals. Whether you are looking for intimate bars, great live music venues or packed dance clubs, Hangzhou has got you covered. The most popular bars and clubs can be found North of the West Lake, near the Yuquan and Xixi Campuses.
Peer’s Bar: This intimate bar rightfully refers to itself as “beer heaven”. They sell over 300 types of cold Chinese and foreign beer at affordable prices. The bar operates like a supermarket; pick up a basket, choose whatever you want from the refrigerators and pay at the bar.
Address: 2 North Baochu Road
College Bar: EPL, NFL, NBA, NBL, F1, no matter what your sport is, College Bar is the place to watch it. Comprising of three spacious floors in a beautiful building, expats will also be happy to find many of their favourite Western drafts on tap.
Address: (Yugu Road) 3 Lanjia Wan
Mojito: With two branches in Hangzhou, Mojito is one of the most popular student hangouts. Many a late night has started at either the Zijingang or Yuquan branches. Look out for great deals on meals and drinks on different nights!
Address (Yuquan Campus branch): 5 Lanjiawan
Libre: One of several bars and clubs near Huanglong Stadium, Libre is noted for its great music (Hiphop/R&B on Fridays, Latin on Saturdays), affordable bar and swimming pool! A great venue for relaxing on balmy summer days.
Address: 168 Yugu Road
Carbon: Carbon offers the best get-togethers for Hangzhou's Latin lovers: 'Salsa Fridays' with free classes from 8-10pm, 'Barrio de Tango' on Sunday afternoons and more events. Nice extra: Carbon comes with a roof terrace, good drinks and food.
Address: Nanshan road, Jiebai Xin Yuanhua 2F
Basement: This dimly-lit joint is now a staple of Hangzhou’s nightlife scene. What starts off as a relaxed bar turns into a packed dance floor as the lights go down and one of Basement’s excellent DJs take the reins.
Address: 23 Jiaogong Road
Club Queen: Where Hangzhou’s well-heeled crowd go to flash their cash. A huge, Chinese-style club complete with thundering bass, special acts throughout the evening and tables of affluent clients.
Address: 2 Baochu Road
Tip: Party animals will want to get into nightlife-related social media groups to keep up with all the latest events. Expect open mic nights, touring bands, themed nights and much more. Hangzhou’s nightlife has also started to achieve more worldwide acclaim, so don’t be surprised to see top foreign DJs and performers gracing some of Hangzhou’s higher-end clubs.