Drinking and nightlife in Hainan

  • Nightlife in Haikou

    Square Out Space Cafe

    With calming blue and white interiors, and ample windows that let in what breeze there is in Haikou, this charming cafe and art space is a cooling and quiet place to hang out. As well as staging its own musical performances in the evenings, the cafe is also a good place to find out what cultural events, such as concerts and theatre performances, are happening in the city.

  • Nightlife in Bo'ao

    Bo'ao Lao Wood

    The owner of this cafe, a local dancer and art administrator, literally had a traditional old stone house taken apart and reassembled on Bo'ao’s coastal path to make his dream of opening a stylish cafe come true. Inside it's chock-full of antiques and objets d’art, while in front is a sculpture-filled garden dotted with cafe tables.

  • Nightlife in Sanya

    Banyan House Beer Supermarket

    Tucked on the riverside beside Chaojian Bridge (the more easterly of the two bridges that connect Dadonghai to downtown Sanya), this bar has a pleasant outdoor seating area and a huge range of international bottled beers. Choose your drink from the well-stocked fridges and enjoy with some simple bar snacks or barbecued meat.

  • Nightlife in Sanya

    Dolphin Sports Bar & Grill

    International tourists and expats mingle with locals at this always-packed western-style pub. Wash down a (very good) cheeseburger with a pint while watching football on the multiple TVs, or wait until after 10pm, when the live music starts up and the crowd really gets rolling. Friendly servers speak impeccable English.

  • Nightlife in Sanya

    M2 Club

    You’ve got to dress the part to get into M2, one of the swankier clubs on Sanya’s Times Coast Bar Street – think lots of hair gel, high heels, skinny suits, minidresses etc. Chinese big shots wheel and deal by the bar, while the younger crowd dances to earsplitting EDM.

  • Nightlife in Sanya

    Sunset Bar

    A two-for-one happy hour (5pm to 7pm) makes this terrace bar at the cool and collected Mandarin Oriental almost a good deal. Watch the sun drop behind the headland while sipping a signature ginger lycheetini (¥90). Smoothies from ¥60.

  • Nightlife in Xinglong

    Rasa Enak

    Rasa Enak is a laid-back place in which to sample a local brew, served in beautiful gold-plated cups. You won't find cafe latte here: locals take their coffee black or with a drop of condensed milk to add sweetness.

  • Nightlife in Haikou

    Drunk Bear

    With half a dozen local craft brews on tap, this Guomao watering hole is a favourite among expats and beer-loving locals alike.