Guǎngdōng drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Club in Shēnzhèn

Oil

Quite possibly the best underground club in China, Oil is a compact, sweaty chapel to electronic beats, the darker and more esoteric the better. An adjoining cocktail bar (open nightly) provides the perfect prelude …
Top Choice Teahouse in Cháozhōu

Pǐnyǔ Teahouse

A lovely place for a tea experience with an English speaker in a minimalist, modern-meets-ancient Chinese teahouse. You pay for a taste test of bottomless different Cháozhōu teas and learn the difference between exq…
Top Choice Cocktail Bar in Guǎngzhōu

Hope & Sesame

The booze boffins at this speakeasy have an on-site lab with bubbling stills for bespoke spirit infusions, resulting in some of the most creative top-shelf cocktails in China. Best of all, though they are masters of…
Cocktail Bar in Shēnzhèn

Peat

Bartenders clamber up stepladders to access their impressive cache of whiskies (some 500 to 600 bottles) in this smart bar sharing the same office-block location as nightclub Oil (though the vibe is completely diffe…
Cocktail Bar in Shēnzhèn

Mixy

A standout among Shēnzhèn's emerging boutique cocktail dens, Mixy reflects the personality of its eccentric owner Wu Xun, AKA 'Planck', who rocks a pencil moustache and vintage Shànghǎi tailoring. Planck's outlandis…
Teahouse in Guǎngzhōu

HEYTEA

Who'd have thought topping bubble tea with cheese foam would start a revolution? With HEYTEA opening in malls and arcades all over Guǎngdōng province and wider China, and the queues showing no sign of shortening, it…
Cafe in Guǎngzhōu

Kuí Yuán

A heritage gem in the historic Dōngshān area, Kuí Yuán has a sunny cafe with balcony terrace on its top floor serving coffee, cakes and cocktails. The ground floor has a gallery and the 2nd floor a stylish boutique.…
Beer Garden in Guǎngzhōu

Lucy's Bar & Restaurant

A welcoming spot for a beer and a bite on Shāmiàn Island, Lucy's rocks some retro neon signage out front and a big patio from which to sup beers, wine and cheap tropical cocktails. If you need to refuel, there's a m…
Craft Beer in Shēnzhèn

Bionic Brew

Shēnzhèn's very own craft-beer brand, American-run Bionic Brew pours four core beers as well as guest brews from elsewhere in China. But the best thing about this tiny, open-fronted bar is its thrillingly local sett…
Lounge in Shēnzhèn

Yīdùtáng

When you're done gallery-hopping at OCT-LOFT, the tree-shaded terrace of this postindustrial hangout is a choice perch to nurse a beer and watch the world go by. Local folk bands and acoustic acts take to the stage …