Hainan drinking and nightlife

Coffee in Xinglong

Lín Qīng Gé

In the 1950s a number of overseas Chinese returned from Southeast Asia and settled in Xīnglóng – bringing coffee back with them. Downtown Xīnglóng, around the Xīnglóng Trade Union (兴隆工会; Xīnglóng Gōnghuì) bus stop, …
Cafe in Bo'ao

Lǎo Wood Coffee Rest Area

The owner of this cafe, a local dancer and art administrator, literally had a traditional old stone house taken apart and reassembled on Bó’áo’s coastal path to make his dream of opening a stylish cafe come true. In…
Pub 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, w…
Cocktail Bar 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). …
Cafe in Haikou

Small Cafe

You have your pick of charming cafes along Old Town’s pedestrian street, but this one gets our vote thanks to the garden patio out back.
Bar in Haikou

Drunk Bear

With half a dozen local craft brews on tap, this Guómào watering hole is naturally a favourite expat hang-out.
Bar Street in Sanya

Times Coast Bar Street

Times Coast Bar Street, on Yuya Lu, where it crosses the river, is the nexus of Sānyà’s club scene.
Club in Sanya

Club M2

You’ve got to dress the part to get into M2, one of the swankier clubs on Sānyà’s bar row – think lots of hair gel, high heels, skinny suits, minidresses etc. Chinese big shots wheel and deal by the bar, while the y…