Lakeside Nightlife in Houhai Bar Area

后海Houhai, also known as the Back Lakes, is one of the most famous attractions in Beijing. The lake was dug out in the Yuan Dynasty in 14th century. Gathering many bars, restaurants and shops, Houhai has now become an entertainment in Xicheng District. Compared with Sanlitun Bar district, the nightlife in Houhai is classier. Here are some recommended bars for you.
No Name Bar 
无名酒吧Address: Qianhaidongyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District
Tel: 86-10-64018541
Opening hours: 12am–2am
Price per Person: RMB200

No Name Bar used to be a Hutong bar. The vine-covered wooden cabin is so famous in Houhai area that it doesn’t even need a name. The rattan chair and the groovy decors create a pleasant environment. This place is also known for its eclectic music and friendly staff.
Sex and da City 
欲望都市Address: No.5, Hehuashichang, No.51, Dianmen Xidajie, Xicheng District
Tel: 010-83225096
Opening hours: 4pm–2am daily
Price per Person: RMB200

Located in Lotus Lane, the Sex and da City is close to the Jiading Fang Bar. Inside the bar are modern decors and a two-story tall mural of Marilyn Monroe. You can enjoy the nice lake view while sipping drinks at the curtained areas.

Blue Lotus Bar 
蓝莲花Address: No.1, Xihaidongyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District.
Tel: 86-10-64000168
Opening hours: 11am–1am daily
Price per Person: RMB300

Opened in 1997, the Blue Lotus is one of the first bars in the Houhai area. As one of the leaders in the bar industry, the place houses tea room, wine bar, KTV and professional performing stage. The Southeast Asian Flavor restaurant here serves Barbeque chicken wings, Barbecue squid arms, Beef satay and Thai fish cake. You can enjoy a cup of Mojito while watching the live performance on weekend.

Houhai 5 Hao 
后海5号Address: 5 Houhai Beiyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District.
Tel: 010-64061900
Opening hours: 1pm-2am daily
Price per Person: RMB300

With tasteful and modern decorations, the Houhai 5 Hao is located in the center of the Houhai area. Apart from a variety of vintage liquors, the bar also serves Chinese food, Western food, Thai food and buffet. There are live band performances every night so you can sip some drinks while watching the shouws.

Address: 8 Houhai Nanyan, Shichahai, Xicheng District.
Tel: 010-66158691
Opening hours: 8pm-12.30am daily
Price per Person: RMB200

With antique building structures, inventive moon gate, the wooden sculpture, the Hutongxieyi is a better place for recollection rather than drinking. The courtyard bar offers you an experience of night bar back in old Beijing. It’s a great place to fulfill your Hutong dreams.
Zone Bar
zone barAddress: No.12, west coast of Houhai, Xicheng District
Tel: 86-10-84031419
Opening hours: 1pm-3am daily
Price per Person: RMB200

Situated at the east side of the Houhai, the Zone Bar was used to be called Z-one. With classic and modern interior, the comfortable place is a nice location to unwind. The antique furniture, inlayed stone and the large stonewashed yellow sofas are definitely the attraction.

Jiading Fang Bar 
甲丁坊Address: No.9, Hehuashichang, No.51, Dianmen Xidajie, Xicheng District
Tel: 86-10-83289898
Opening hours: 10.30pm–2am daily
Price per Person: RMB200

Located at the west side of the Houhai, Jiading Fang Bar (Alpha & Omega Bar) enjoys a beautiful scene of glittering water, beautiful reflections, shady greens and charming sunset. Serving Singapore Nyonya food, the classy Chinese style bar offers you a cozy atmosphere to relax after a long day of work.

The 70s Bar 
七十年代Address: A22, Qianhai West street, Xicheng District
Tel: 86-10-66572003
Opening hours: 11am-2am daily
Price per Person: RMB200

Opened by a young director named Jia Yongwei, the 70s bar is a movie-themed bar due to the owner’s obsession of movies. Most of the customers here are young actors, writers and directors who want further development in their career. The cocktails here are named after the movies.

Amber Bar 
琥珀酒吧Address: A18, Houhai Nanyan, Xicheng District
Tel: 86-10-66130844
Opening hours: 2pm–3am daily
Price per Person: RMB300

Amber offers you a great view of the Houhai lake. You can sit close to the windows and sip some drinks while watching the sunset. With a ceiling of the Dunhuang Grottos and the murals as its interiors, the Amber bar creates a cozy environment for you to hang out with your friends.

床吧Bed Bar
Address: No.17, Zhangwang hutong, Jiugulou street, Xicheng District
Tel: 86-10-84001554
Opening hours: 3pm-2am daily
Price per Person: RMB200

Hidden in a Hutong, the Bed Bar has a unique theme which is setting plush beds in stead of chairs. With the faint light creating a cozy environment, guests can relax in the bed sipping drinks, making small talks or taking a nap. You can also unwind on the dance floor.

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