Hangzhou Nightlife

If you’re looking for nightlife in Hangzhou, Shuguang Lu is the best place for bars, but there’s also a bunch of watering holes near Ming Town Youth Hostel on Nanshan Lu (towards the southern end of the eastern shore of West Lake).

Bars in Hangzhou

1.Aurora Lounge

Hangzhou’s hottest new cocktail bar, Aurora has secured the services of Jojo, one of the city’s best-loved and most talented mixologists. The drinks are a class above other cocktail bars in town (it’s one of those places where you get a single, large, hand-carved chunk of ice to keep your cocktail cool) and it has the clientele, decor and atmosphere to match. The bar is about 2km (1.2 miles) east of West Lake, just behind the main train station.
Address: No.85 East Huancheng Road, Xiacheng District, Hangzhou, China
Local name Aurora Cocktail Lounge
Local address 下城区环城东路85号
Phone Number:
+86 156 5805 3155

2.Amigo Bar

One of Hangzhou’s prettier bars, this place just northwest of the lake is done up beautifully, with plenty of flower-filled patio seating. The Western food menu (with English translations) is extensive, so this is a smart choice for a lunchtime pit stop or early evening drink, before heading somewhere livelier. The bar has two large outdoor seating areas, but such is the design that even the tables inside get plenty of natural light.
Address: Address: Xin’an River Nai Pickled Fish (Gucui Shop), 8, Gudun Road, Xihu, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310000
Tel: (571) 8880 9599.

3.1944 Bar
Loud, brash and just as popular with the locals as it is the expats, 1944 Bar is the perfect sized spot to settle down for a few cold drinks. With comfortable barstools and great nooks and crannies, it’s easy to lose track of time once settled in its comfy booths and sofas. The owners are avid travellers, and have decked out parts of the bar with tasteful souvenirs they’ve picked up from various parts of China. This place also has live music from time to time.
Address: Address: 119 Shuguang Road, Hangzhou, China
Local name Aurora Cocktail Lounge
Local address 下城区环城东路85号
Tel: (138) 0571 9959.

Live music in Hangzhou

1.JZ Club
Run by the same people behind JZ Club in Shanghai, this place has Hangzhou’s jazz scene sewn up. Located in a neat and cultured three-floor villa near the lake, there’s live jazz nightly with some international names on the billing. The first floor is non-smoking (an unusual bonus for a music venue in China) and the wine list, plus whisky selection, is one of the best in the city.
Address: No.6 Liuying Road, Hangzhou, China
Local name 黄楼酒吧
Local address 柳营路6号
Phone Number:+86 571 8702 8298

2.Shares Bar
A new concept for a bar in Hangzhou, this one sold 100 shares at ¥5000 a pop, and invited punters to become part-owners in the business. It seems to have worked so far, the place is usually full, despite being a bit of a trek away from the main nightlife scene. Found south of the river, close to Jiangling Road metro station, its main pull is its live music. They have some decent local acts here (and the occasional international band on the Shanghai warm-up circuit), plus the odd comedy night. Drinks are well priced too, including its good whisky selection.
Address: Address: Room 203 2F Gemini Mantion, No.1785 Jianghan Road, Binjiang District, Hangzhou 310052, China
Local name Shares Bar
Local address 310052滨江区江汉路1785号双城国际2F203室
Tel: (186) 5715 7919.