Despite a new entrance and a new bar area, African Bar
unfortunately has the same dcor and now looks so last
millennium. Even so, there were still a good handful of
locals enjoying a few beach-buster summer sounds although
not a single gwei lo (foreigner) in sight. H/H 7-9pm.
Daily 7pm-2am. No cards. 2/F, Zi Dong Hua Bldg, 707 Dong
Feng Dong Lu (8762 3336, 8762 4348)
An Quan Di Dai
Is there really enough musical talent to go around all
the local show bars these days? You probably wouldn't
think so after a night here. A seemingly endless parade
of talentless dollies and overdressed giffords churning
out half hearted covers of Cantonese classics. I'll get
my coat. H/H 8-10pm.
Daily 9pm-2am. 228 Hai Zhu Bei Lu (8318 1743)
Getting quieter all the time as those in the know migrate
to Fishman's Port. It is such a shame that the non-hetero
bunch are such a fickle lot when it comes to choosing
their bar allegiances. Open from 8:00p.m. till 2:00a.m.
Daily 6pm-2am. No cards. 42 Ti Yu Dong Lu (8551 9496)
Auckland Romantic Bar
Not sure what is so romantic, maybe the dark corners and
reasonable prices. Live music Th.Fr.Sa. 10.30-11.30pm.
Daily 7.30pm-3am. No cards. G/F, Yue Kang Ge, Wu Yang
Xin Cheng (8737 4999)
Here you can do a pub crawl without leaving the premises.
5 bars surround a stage which has live entertainment starting
at 21:30. Expensive drinks and no cocktails.
Daily 7.30pm-3am. All cards. 1/F, Garden Hotel, Huan Shi
Dong Lu (8333 8989 ext 3733)
Cosy is about the most polite we can be about these bars.
Luckily they are off the beaten track and do not get busy
enough for the cramped conditions to be a problem.
Daily 10am-2am. No cards. 1) 54 Nan Hua Xi Lu (8437 5640);
2) 2/F, 72 Jiao Yu Lu (8334 0996); 3) 1/F, 4 Yu Xian Fang,
Wen Ming Lu (8337 7689); 4) 2/F, 204 Guang Fu Zhong Lu
(8190 7151); 5) 72 Cao Ji Zhi Jie, Shi Ba Pu Bei Lu (8139
3370); 6) 6 Deng Men Xi Jie, Dong Chuan Lu (8381 2007)
llout music and weekend DJs line up with hip hop, Latino,
reggae and the latest dance music. The most thrilling
tequila cocktail in town with fresh mint leaves and their
French crepes are another specialty. Gathering place for
Daily 7.30pm-2am. No cards. 2/F, Hua Xin Bldg, 1 Shui
Yin Lu, on the corner of Huan Shi Dong Lu (3760 4909)
A popular choice for a relaxed weekend among expatriates.
Live music from local and international bands every day
from 9.30pm to 1.30am. Though located in a five-star hotel,
prices are reasonable. 3 beers for RMB 100.
Daily 9pm-2am. Inside the China Hotel, Liu Hua Lu (8666
6888 ext 3068)
Chao Paraya Thai Restaurant and Haha Tiger Bar
Daily 11am-3pm, 5-10.30pm. No cards. 28, Tao Jin Jie,
Tao Jin Lu. (8357 7017, 8359 1509)
It takes more than a few lip-synching, disco dancing duos
to get a club jumping. Even performing insurance salesmen
would be preferable to another Jackie Cheung cover tune
but then again, maybe we have just been spoiled.
Daily 8pm-2am, 1/F, Zhao Qing Bldg, 304 Huan Shi Lu (where
the Chinatown Disco used to be) (8356 6491)
Dominated by the huge guitar-shaped bar and defined by
its laid back atmosphere. Snack on some standard pub fare,
or opt for the mastery sculpted fruit platter. Not
easy to find, but well worth the search and perfect for
a relaxing round of drinks.
Daily 10.30am-2am. Local cards. Wing C, Grand City Plaza
(Just east and behind Teem Plaza), Tian He Lu (8759 3177)
Another must see, once. Huge dance floor, but with ropes
around it? Located inside Tian He sports ground . Good
decore with prices to match.
Daily 8pm-2am, Wing A, 1/F Hu Bin Hotel 451 Yan Jiang
Dong Lu (8378 1888 ext 3888)
Kung fu and kickboxing, which is mildly interesting the
first time round. The real draw here is the choice selection
of Karaoke girls if you like that kind of thing. Popular
with Honky businessmen with ridiculous prices to match
Daily 8pm-2am, Tian He Stadium, Ti Yu Xi Lu (3879 8088)
Covert Wing Bar
Not really one of the highlights of the local night-life
scene but they do have regular English corners every Wednesday
night and Saturday afternoon if you're into that.
Daily noon-2am. No cards. 3 Liu Yun Er Jie, Tian He Nan
Yi Lu (8766 7538)
D & D
Whatever happened to all the choice chump cuts of tough
dance floor tech-disco-house aimed directly at groovers?
This place has gone very pear-shaped and resembles the
night of the living deadheads with the lowest glowstick
quotient in ages.
Daily 8.30pm-2am, 98-100 Heng Fu Lu (at the corner with
Tao Jin Bei Lu) (8350 8316)
DIY@Bobo Art Bar
In case you're wondering, BoBo stands for Bohemian and
Bourgeoisie. A place for those that advocate the simple
life and like to manipulate things with their hands, not
what you're thinking! Equipped with various tools, the
second floor is a mini-workshop where you can try your
hand at pottery, leather tooling, and paper cutting.
Mon-Fri 6.30pm-1.30am, Sat-Sun 2.30pm-1.30am. DIY @ Bobo.Art
Bar. No cards. 24 Xiao Shi Xin Jie, Xiao Bei Lu (8351
Elephant & Castle
Large outdoor area, cramped indoors, reasonably priced
drinks to drink with all the other expats.
H/H 5-8pm daily.Daily 5pm-2am. All cards. 363 Huan Shi
Dong Lu (8359 3309)
Not the easiest of bars to find and is often overlooked
with the party powerhouse of Elles only just down the
road, but occasionally worth a look in, all the same.
Daily 8pm-2am. No cards. 2/F, 102 Shui Yin Lu (8761 9045)
Still the best music in town but everything else has all
gone a bit Pete Tong. Tables of bottle blonde rich girls
outnumbered ten to one by guys that dance like my dad.
Fortunately the sounds pull at your arm like a little
brother seeking attention, demanding that you put your
hands up for the uptempo, industrial chugging rhythms.
Daily 8.30pm-2am. Basement, International Bank Tower,
191 Dong Feng Xi Lu (8388 0688)
The mental Congolese DJ is sadly long gone, but the party
is far from over. This place is always hopping at the
weekends so we really have no objection to a twenty kwai
entrance fee. Anyway, drinks here are cheap. Still, this
ain't no Face and most of the revelers are residents from
around Yangjie. Polish your Putonghua and go make some
Daily 8.30pm-2am. First Floor, Guangzhou Kowloon Railway
Station Hotel, Zhongshan Yi Lu, Yang Ji 8739 6999 ext
Fine Horse Bar
Not much more than a hotel lobby bar. Sure there is live
music but apart from that, it is little more than an upmarket
Daily 9am-2am. No cards. B/F, Hua Tai Hotel, 23 Xian Lie
Nan Lu (8778 9888 ext 88825)
Dark and moody drinking hole out in Tien He. Live singers
that do not really set it apart from any other bar but
a growing reputation for drawing in a crowd that revel
in their metrosexuality. Plenty of camp characters on
our last visit, mixing it with the local Chuppies. Daily
7.30pm-2am.433 Tian He Bei Lu (3881 5898)
Guangzhou's biggest disco is still packing them in but
we are not sure exactly why. Pretty bog standard canto-pop
gubbins that is currently gathering dust among a stack
of mid-'80's disco kitsch in hundreds of 'one-kwai-for-everything'
stores all over the country. Tons of weapons grade stupidity
teenagers necking big handfuls of pharms.
5/F, GITIC Riverside, 298 Yanjiang Zhong Lu (8386 3333)
Gipsy King Bar
Lucky draw scam for ladies night on Wednesday. Good dance
floor with music by DJ's 2200-0200 daily. Another underground
low ceilinged meatmarket with cheap shots.
Daily 7pm-2am. No cards. Basement, West Tower, Pearl River
Building, 360 Huan Shi Dong Lu (8387 5177)
Gold Mango Bar
Happy hour 6-8pm daily. Thre's outdoor seating under a
big Mango tree in the courtyard where you can have a BBQ
and drinks. Reasonably priced and a quieter, smaller version
of the bar next door, The Elephant.
Daily 4.30pm-2am. No cards. 361 Huan Shi Dong Lu (8359
In the middle of 3 bars, a tiny diverse place with lively
bartenders. Cheaper drinks and plenty of hospitality.
Daily 8pm-2am. No cards. 1 Zheng Ping Nan Jie, Tao Jin
Bei Lu (8358 6949)
Despite the lousy layout and the worst dance floor in
town, Golf Bar is now geek chic central. Hordes of overpaid
chuppies and snotty, "I'm in a rush" type karaoke girls.
The music ranges from redline cheeseometer to awesomely
unlistenable and really makes us wonder why this is one
of the hippest places on the circuit.
Daily 8pm-2.30am. No cards. Huan Shi Xi Lu, next to Yong
Fang Shan Zhuang Restaurant (8666 6708)
A classic wine bar with jazz and mellow pop music. Plenty
of stronger beverages too. For teetotalers, they have
flower teas but we have to ask, who goes to a bar and
drinks tea? There are snacks on offer and cigars from
Daily 8pm-2am. No cards. H16 183, Yan Jiang Lu. (83332329)
Why invest all that money in great design and equipment
and then play the same mindless canto-pap every weekend.
What this place really needs is a few off-timed beats,
style switches, bizarre samples, dark-to-light jumps,
purist-oldschool stuff... stuff that's got mashed octave-scaling
breaks, dub-bass and weird off-the-wall samples. In the
meantime, we'll go back to spotting soaring sows.
Daily 8.30pm-2am. Local cards. 8/F Yi An Bai Sheng Square,
39 Jie Fang Nan Lu ( 8328 0777, 8328 0222)
The Golden Times bar is for rich drinkers who like Dancers
and Live music. Check out the all girl band on weekends.
Downstairs is the Harley bar, great if you like bikes
and loud music. There are also 60 karaoke rooms in a variety
of decors for those that like privacy.
Daily 8pm-2am, Jing Yi Bldg, 248 Heng Fu Lu (8358 0490)
Interesting combinations of shows and hands-in-the-air
disco sessions. Just far enough out of town to be ignored
by your average chuppy snob but plenty of friendly Xia
He residents all looking to have a good time.
Daily 8pm-2am, Xian Lie Bei Lu, Sha He
Hill Bar Blues
Lots and lots of Blues, with great Reggae tunes and Latino
beats mixed with top Chinese songs. The Hill Bar can make
a truly enjoyable and unique experience in Guangzhou.
7pm-2am daily. Great atmosphere, good food. Info. Call
Thomas at 135 0001 1859
Daily 11am-2am. No cards. 367 Huan Shi Dong Lu (8333 3998
A hot hopping place with a pop-rock band on the first
floor. On the second floor there is a huge disco with
a real pumping beat and next door a dance floor for erotic
dancers. 18 KO rooms. This is so hot it costs RMB30 on
Fri & Sat, RMB10 Sun-Thur , ladies free. Snacks and
beer normal prices.
Daily 8pm-2am. Dong Jun Plaza, 836 Dong Feng Dong Lu (8765
Definitely a place to make you feel your age. Plenty of
teen 'casherette' types in orange moon-boots, followed
by little troupes of tops-off boys. A bit like the cheeleaders
in Daria, sad in retrospect but laff-out-loud funny at
Daily 8pm-2am. 5/F, Liwan Plaza, Chang Shou Lu (8139 1118)
It's a multifunctional and multi-style bar. A western
restaurant with light pop by day and a night club at well,
Daily 11am-1am. No cards. H 17, 183, Yan Jiang Lu. (8333
Redecorated, very light and open. New resident band "Star
Beat" from the Philippines, playing Pop & Rock every
Sunday-Thursday, 8.45pm-12.30am, Friday and Saturday,
9.15pm-1.15am. H/H: 4-8pm. The bartender won the world
title. A good choice if you want to try some of the best
cocktails in Guangzhou.
Sun-Thur 4pm-1am, Fri-Sat 4pm-2am. All cards. Lobby, Holiday
Inn, Overseas Chinese Village, 28 Guang Ming Lu, Huan
Shi Dong Lu, (8776 6999 ext 3124)
H/H 7-9pm. If you are out and about at 2am, then there
will be people and music. Special parties and DJ's always.
A shopfront converted into a bar. Reasonable drink prices.
Daily 8pm-1am. Tao Jin Bei Lu (Opposite the Northerner
Restaurant (8358 4379)
Cozy with great staff, live music daily from 10.30pm-2am.
the prices are great already.
H/H 5-9pm. Daily 2pm-2am. All cards. 2/F, Grand China
Hotel, 108 Tian He Lu (8559 3228 ext 8222)
A one-man band plays twice a night. Expensive food and
drinks in not so private surroundings with great scenery.
Daily 9am-1am. All cards. 1/F, Garden Hotel, Huan Shi
Dong Lu (8333 8989 ext 3191)
Lucky Show Bar
Daily 10am-2am. No cards. 2/F, De Yuan Trading Center,
Guang Zhou Da Dao Bei Lu. (8779 4889)
Lucy's Bar & Caf
Brits and Aussies with a hankering for some great fish
'n' chips will love this place. A comfortable setting
and you'll probably want to go back.
Daily 11am-2am. No cards. 3 Sha Mian Nan Jie (8187 4106)
24 hour grub and booze. Cheap and cheerful.
24 hours. CafCafe, 185 Guangzhou Da Dao Zhong (8739 9125)
The Old House Bar
Quaint country pub decor, that is if there were any pubs
in the country. Country prices on booze and food.
Daily 7.30-2am. Min Zhu Bldg, Ming Yue Yi Lu (8736 4390)
It sounds quaint but Petrus Bar rocks, quite literally,
with regular bands on the first floor playing rock &
pop classics and solo singers in the bar on the second
floor every night after 9pm. Head bartender Kavin gives
his own performances at the weekend, with special cocktails
including the inimitable Back Street Boy (RMB 45), a blend
of banana, strawberries and brandy. Sounds fruity. (8349
Daily 7.30 pm-2am. No cards. 6, He Ping Lu, Hua Qiao Xin
Peace Road Music Bar & Restaurant
Huge garden area and two floors of entertainment. DJ on
the first floor, live music and bands on the second floor.
H/H before 9pm weekdays. Average prices.
Daily 6pm-2am. No cards. 2 He Ping Lu (behind Holiday
Inn) (8358 1720)
Red Sun Club
Second rate shows, hundreds of drinking girls and a maze
of Karaoke rooms but not a dance floor in sight. Time
for a sharp exit.
Daily 8pm-4am,2/F, Sui Feng Bldg, 75 Xian Lie Zhong Lu,
Behind Dong Shan Plaza (8776 9101)
A quaint sort of place with live singers Tuesday, Thursday
& Saturday from 11pm-midnight. Another shop front
with a pale green interior and expensive drinks.
Daily 8pm-2am. No cards. Zheng Ping Bei Jie, Taojin Bei
Lu 8358 4373
A great place to rendezous in Wu Yang. Modern, bright
and friendly. H/H 5-8pm.
Daily 8pm-1am. All cards. A3, Clifford Mansion. 6 Ming
Yue Yi Lu (8735 9199)
Still the busiest show bar in town, and while the quality
of the acts might occasionally be rather questionable,
the atmosphere is always pumped, with nary a table in
sight not filled with drinking, dicing and laughing locals.
Daily 8pm-2am. All cards. 1/F, Parkview Square, 960 Jie
Fang Bei Lu (8666 5666 ext 2141)
Shui Bian Bar
Not easy to find, but a lovely little lair it is, with
Chinese Opera and other performers. Good prices, must
try the hot yellow wine.
Daily 2pm-2am. No cards. Rm 102, Block 15, Ji Nan Garden,
Shi Pai Dong Lu (3889 9695)
Take 5 Jazz Bar
On the 39th floor of the Asia International Hotel, the
new branch of Take 5 Jazz Bar is as smooth and cool as
Sarah Vaughan singing 'In the Summertime'. Despite pricey
beverages, jazz lovers keep coming back. Check our events
for their regular international and local jazz acts.
1)Daily 8pm-2am. No cards. 39/F, Section One, 326 Huan
Shi Dong Lu (6128 8888) 2)Daily 7am-2am. No cards. 101,11,Tao
Jin Jie, Tao Jin Lu (83596681)
A perennial favorite with youngsters that do not know
any better and who should really be at home cramming for
another test rather than bopping around in a disco shaking
their collective booties
Daily 9pm-2am. 3/F, Nan Fang Theatre, 80 Jiao Yu Lu (8339
6568, 8339 6730)
Just close enough to the smoke to have big club aspiration
but just far enough out of town to lack the ability that
could put those dreams into practice. Occasionally there
is an up-for-it crowd but the DJs play tracks that would
be considered musical Hari Kari in any half decent venue.
Daily 8pm-2am. President Hotel, Zhong Shan Da Dao (8551
2988 ext 8866)
The Cave Bar
Live music most nights with a one-man band. Aptly named,
hope they have cured the smell by the time you get there.
Not cheap drinks; beer RMB30.
Daily 5pm-2am. No cards. Basement, Pearl River Bldg, 360
Huan Shi Dong Lu (8386 3660)
With both floors now well and truly open, this is now
giving Peace and Windflower a good run for their money.
Good choice of inside and outside seating as well as some
interesting resident bands.
Daily 8pm-2am, 4 He Ping Lu
Difficult to find unless you are a Taojin resident as
it is not on any of the main thoroughfares and is tucked
away under one of the residential apartment buildings.
Good for quiet conversation, questionable for anything
Daily 7pm-2am. No cards. 1/F, Jin Yuan Bldg, Zheng Ping
Nan Jie, Tao Jin Bei Lu (8358 6989)
Great decor, music and ambiance. Friendly staff and clients.
Live music Thursdays. Always original and innovative.
DJ's the rest of the time scratching out great tunes.
Reasonable prices, H/H 6-10pm. Ladies night, Weds.
Daily 8pm-2am. No cards. 2/F, Jin Ye Building, 422 Huan
Shi Dong Lu (8777 2888)
Windflower Music Pub
Plenty of room in the garden and various nooks and crannies,
but the main room is usually packed. Great DJ's with a
live Jazz band 10.15-11pm weekdays. Bar-B-Q and drinks
Daily 6pm-4am. No cards. 387 Huan Shi Dong Lu (8358 2446)
The place is worth a visit just for the staff uniforms.
Some old disco on the first floor, 23 KO rooms on the
second. No food, drink prices normal.
Daily 8pm-2am. No cards. 3/F, Block C, Dong Du Er Tong
Da Shi Jie, 475 Huan Shi Dong Lu. (8716 8484, 8356 3730)
The very latest addition to the Guangzhou disco circuit
which should be open by the time you read this. Expect
high octane, hard house and plenty of that "8-deck knobtwiddly
mashup" thing. Look out for that big cockney grin of Toby
Crowder, mixing pyrotechnic cocktails just like he used
to at Backstreet Bar. Not for the weak-hearted, meek-shirted
or just-farted. Definitely for everybody else
Daily 8pm-2am. 2/F Liu Hua Square, 132 Dong Feng Xi Lu
You Tian Xia Bar
Good for meeting friends from around the world, as is
indicated by the name of the bar. This two-floor cozy
bar is home to travelers and photographers, who display
their travel photos and post their traveling schedules
all over the place. Regular travel slide shows on Wed
night after 8pm.
Daily 4pm-2am. No cards. 2/F, 410 De Zheng Bei Lu (8386