Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoicePub in Yushu

Josai Pub

With guitars lying around on the sofas, a pool table and superb views of Yushu, the river and hills from the veranda, this excellent choice also has a good menu of grilled meats and pizza. There's a fridge just...

Cafe in Xining

Coffee Top

This Tibetan place is a top choice for a coffee, or a Tibetan breakfast (tsampa porridge with honey; ¥22) at the start of your Xining day. There's Bob Marley, a charcoal ceiling, books scattered around, comfy...

Cafe in Xining


Greenhouse has a charming, rustic split-level wood interior, super-comfy leather sofas and some of the best coffee in town (from ¥25). You can also munch on pizzas, burgers, sandwiches (from ¥33), cake, scones or...

Cafe in Yushu

Yushu Spinal Cord Injury Organisation

This lovely cafe also sells a very appealing collection of bags, shoes, jewellery, cushions, socks, slippers and clothes, made by local people afflicted with spinal cord injuries. Even if you don't buy anything...

Bar in Xining


At the rear of a courtyard of Qiyi Lu, this smart bar has all manner of imported beers as well as craft beers chilling in a bank of fridges on the far wall. Look for the grey brick building with a large deeply...