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in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Ever since this Shanghai export touched down in 2012, Dada has become Beijing's premier venue for esoteric, bass-heavy beats, while remaining unpretentious and divey enough for the casual party-goer. By combining an imaginative line-up of DJs at weekends with a commitment to keeping entry at around ¥60, Dada gets the party vibe spot on.

On the floor above is rock-music dive Temple Bar; Beijing party animals tend to move from one to the other on any given night.

If you need to refuel, the jianbing (griddled egg crepes) sold outside by the lady with the cart are the stuff of legend.