Night Life Street – Huanshi Dong Lu, Stylish with International Flavor
Huanshi Dong Lu is a well-known local hot spot for night life, where many interesting bars and cafés can be found located inside old buildings. The area is popular with white-collars and foreigners alike, who come for the stylish ambience and above average fare, even though prices are generally on the high side.
Since 2000, a variety of bars and clubs have sprung up there, thanks to the prosperity of this traditional Central Business District (CBD) in Yuexiu District.
The interior of Elephant & Castle Bar.
There are two sections to check out: one is comprised of Huanshi Shi Dong Lu and Jianshe Liu Malu around the Garden Hotel, the second being made up of the Overseas Chinese Village (called 'Huaqiao Xincun' in Chinese, a stylish and upscale residential area) and the nearby Taojin area.
The former prominently features international flavor, with places like Gipsy King, Elephant & Castle Bar, Paddy Field, Mexico Bar, Hill Bar and Cellar favored by expatriates. Many of them attract regular crowds of sports fans, with large screens TVs, satellite sports stations and an endless supply of beer. When the FA Cup finals come around, these places are often full to the rafters with impassioned fans.
Entrance of the Overseas Chinese Village (called 'Huaqiao Xincun' in Chinese)
The latter area welcomes you with about a dozen bars and chic restaurants tucked behind the Holiday Inn. Almost every place is located in an elegant townhouse or villa with a courtyard, where you can enjoy cocktails, strong beats and live performances to your heart's content. Or, if you're looking for a quiet laid-back corner to relax and chat with pals, head over to the rustic Sleeping Wood for a cheap pint of Tsingtao.
Peace Road Bar in the Overseas Chinese Village.
The Place Bar in the Overseas Chinese Village.
The interior of Sleeping Wood Bar.
(By Ronald Li and Stephen Roach)