New industry boosts nightlife in Beijing
NOT so many years ago, Beijing visitors had little idea about what the nightlife entertainment would be like. But, now, thanks to the new generation of hotels in the city, going out after dark is becoming something of a pleasure.
One of the most outstanding of the new places to go is the Kempinski Hotel in the Beijing Lufthansa Centre.
A cosy German-style beerhaus can be found inside, together with a brewery - the Paulaner Brauhaus.
Operated in conjunction with the German brewing company of the same name, the brauhaus has its own brewer on the premises and serves one of the freshest and tastiest beers in the city.
There is also an attractive beer garden overlooking the Liangma River, which is a pleasant spot during the summer months.
German food and beer is popular in Beijing, with German restaurants also in the Palace Hotel, and in the China World.
In the same complex as the China World, there is an English-style pub, the Red Lion, which is located on the 37th floor of the China World Tower.
One of the oldest places to visit is Charlie's Bar in the Jianguo Hotel. It dates back to 1980, and is still popular.
The Holiday Inn Lido, meanwhile, also a relatively long-established hotel, has a multitude of outlets.
including the Pig and Whistle, an English-style pub. There's also a Mexican bar, the Casa Mexican, which is the place to head for a good margerita.
For live music, the Club Bar at the China New World and the Intermezzo Bar at the Palace Hotel are both good spots, while there is live jazz at the Gloria Plaza during weekends.
The Great Wall Sheraton's Cosmos is the place to go if you want to dance to live music, as is the Piccadilly in the Palace Hotel.
Most of the large hotels have discos, including Xanadu in the Shangri-La, Juliana's at the Lido, and Rumours at the Palace Hotel.