Guangzhou is a strange place.

It’s bustling in the daytime, but when nighttime falls the streets clear and the city empties. It’s peaceful, or maybe even eerie. As one of the top 3 largest cities in China, this wasn’t exactly what we were expecting.

Sometimes, as we walked home from a night out, we could imagine the odd tumbleweed whistling over the empty roads.

It might not have been this extreme in every area of the city, but one of our first impressions on arrival was that there seemed to be a lack of nightlife.

While there were bars more catered for dining, pub quizzes and the 11pm finishers, there didn’t seem to be the late-night parties. The bars we found at first were okay, but we like a late finish after a week at work (or, really, any time we can fit it in), and nowhere was providing that for us.

So we became determined to seek out these party places – and we found some gems.

If you ever find yourself in Guangzhou, wanting to get away from the typical western pub, here’s our top recommendations:

KTV

KTV is everywhere here! If you have a group of friends ready for a good night, you can rent a private room, buy some booze, order a ton of local food, and sing the night away. Most KTVs will let your crowd stay until about 5am.

The English playlists are fantastic, ranging through all the classics in every genre. No matter where your music tastes go, you’ll find something you’ll love.

But don’t think you can’t meet new people and socialize on a KTV night. I have found myself drunkenly exploring the mazy corridors, finding some rooms full of locals, and being welcomed in to sing with them and have a bounce around.

Some we’d recommend:

Music Box (堂会) – 1-3/F, Tianhe Hui Plaza, 160, Tianhe Zhi Jie, Tianhe District, Guangzhou.

Party World (钱柜) – SinoPec Building, 191 Tiyu Xi Lu, Tianhe District, Guangzhou

Top KTV (星派对) – Junhui Building, Tiyu Xi Rd, in Guangzhou

Sing the night away at KTV. 

Nova

In quiet Zhujiang New Town, you’d think a bouncing nightclub would stick out like a sore thumb. It doesn’t. Nova is relatively hidden, but it’s well worth the find.

It’s popular with the locals, and being a foreigner in this place will make you stand out. That shouldn’t put you off. The music is great and you’ll easily get a buzz from the local liquor, Baijiu, which is pretty much all they serve.

Zhujiang New town has a lot of bars suited for pre-drinks, such as The Brew, The Tavern, and Gails – but it’s harder to find somewhere close by to finish the night. Make this your place.

Address: 1/F, Jin Bin Teng Yue Building, No.49 Huaxia Road, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe

Address in Chinese: 天河区华夏路49号津滨腾越大厦1楼

Feeling

Feelings, now known as BePotatoes, is a must if you want an extremely cheap night. Some of their promotions seem too good to be true. One Friday they were giving unlimited free beer until 11 – no catch!  Most nights their (already very cheap) drinks were half price.

Found right near the South China Normal University, it’s a popular student choice. We can see why. Amongst our search we never found anywhere else this cheap, and we tried.

Keep in mind, a Long Island iced tea might come out bright blue, but that was really just part of the fun. You never know what you’re going to get, but you’ll get it without a dent to your bank account.

Sometimes with a side of hilarious karaoke – with a free bottle of vodka for the most popular singer, typically shared with the crowd.

Tsingtao is the cheapest beer you will find in there, but beware the hangover is like no other.

Address: Shop 207, Shangde Mansion, 141 Wushan Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou (Metro Line 3 South China Normal University, exit C)

Address in Chinese: 广州天河区五山路141号尚德大厦207(地铁站华师站C出口麦当劳楼上)

Tsingtao is lethal 🙂

Perrys

Perry’s is a chain in China, and there are a couple in Guangzhou. It’s another place often filled with university students, but in an expensive drinking city this is sometimes welcome.

What should you expect? A dark dingy room with an unexpected charm, blaring loud music, and crowds of people at every table. You’ll notice most people playing an addicting dice game similar to Bullshit. If you want to play, a table of locals will be happy to show you how and play a few rounds with you.

 Address: 3/F, Zhong Yi City Garden, No.21 Linle Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou

Address in Chinese: 天河区 林乐路中怡城市花园3楼

After a cheap night at Perrys

 Party Pier

Party Pier is Guangzhou’s most well-known entertainment destination, balancing well between a crazy party and a space for art and creativity. It’s another good ending spot for your night. You can tell your taxi driver “Take me to the party!” and you’ll end up here. Wave Nightclub is among its most popular spots, but there are a number of different places to choose from.

Address: Zhujiang Party Pier, Yue Jiang Xi Lu, Haizhu District (Exit at Modiesha Tunnel)

Address in Chinese: 阅江西路珠江琶醍啤酒文化创意园

 Huanshi Dong Lu

There are many fun bars in Huanshi Dong Lu (near Taojin subway station). While this is often promoted to be a heavily western area, we typically went during the week and rarely saw other foreigners around.

You can almost always find a good buy-one-get-one-free deal at one of the bars.

A couple we’d recommend include:

The Cave Bar: China, Guangdong Sheng, Guangzhou Shi, Yuexiu Qu, HuanShi DongLu YanXian, Huanshi E Rd, 360 510060. Address in Chinese: 环市东路360号珠江大厦地下

The Gypsy King Bar: Basement of West Tower, Zhujiang Building, No.360 Huanshi Dong Road, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou Address in Chinese: 环市东路360号珠江大厦西座地下

Some Random Bar by the River

Unfortunately, that’s all we can even remember for this one!

But we know you’ll be able to find your own unnamed random bar by the river (or park, or temple, or shopping mall) if you give this city a chance, dig under its quiet exterior, and really look.

The point is that there are some hidden gems and brilliant party spots in a city that might not give that vibe on arrival. Don’t just settle for the first Irish pub you find. Get out there and explore.

Our time in Guangzhou taught us something valuable for future travel. We like a party, and wherever we are, we can find one – and we will!

If you find any more hidden beauties in Guangzhou, let us know below.

  • The locals know where to find the gems that are hidden. Looks like you found a lot of the party spots with karaoke and all. Looks like if you can say “Take Me To The Party” the cab drivers will get you there- great tip!

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Its surprising how much the ‘Take me to the party’ thing worked. Worth a try 🙂 thanks for your comment.

  • Tony Wilson

    Ha, you thought China was a party country. You found some nice hidden gems. I no longer get into the party scene and would be in bed asleep by the time you head out. Lucky he taxi driver took you to a party and not a dark alley. Safe travels.

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Anywhere’s a party country mate if you want it to be 🙂

  • Christine Tran

    You found some great spots!!! KTV looks fun and bright! I definitely know where to go party when I visit!

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Glad we could help. Hope you enjoy 🙂

  • Thanks for all these great tips on finding the party. Glad to hear that Huanshi Dong Lu is not as touristy as advertised. Party Pier also sounds interesting with lots of choices and an art scene too.

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Thanks for reading 🙂 Party Pier was fun. My only regret was not finding it till my last month there.

  • Thanks for the awesome guide! I currently live in Shanghai and may need this when I find my way to Guangzhou 😀 The party pier certainly looks cool!

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Shanghai! I loved my trip there. So much to offer. Hope your enjoying living there 🙂 as for Guangzhou i’m glad we can help you for future trips. Thanks for your comment.

  • Wow, you really have a knack to party. You have uncovered so many places to party. Didn’t know the locals were so inviting in China, I was always under the impression that Chinese people are a little reserved. Actually this a great guide for someone who is looking to party in Guangzhou.

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Yes we like to have a little party when we visit a new country. Actually living in Guangzhou gave us time to find so many gems. The locals are brilliant. They are so much fun 🙂 thanks for your comment.

  • Stephanie Fox

    I dont think Ive ever experienced a city that just gets so quiet at night, how fascinating. Great that you went on the hunt for places, party pier sounds a great laugh!

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Yes it was strange how it got so quiet at night. That said we would not be stopped in our mission 🙂 thanks for reading.

  • I have never been a party-goer. Lucky of you to find what you are looking for in China. If I will visit it, I would love to know more of its historical places like the Great Wall.

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Each to their own 🙂 the great wall is brilliant and we would highly recommend it 🙂 thanks for reading.

  • Chiara Cisario

    I’ve never loved partying that much but it’s Always useful to know about cool spots in the places that we visit!

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      Of course 🙂 thanks for taking time to read it 🙂

  • Young And Undecided

    This is pretty awesome! It’s not really what I look for when I travel but KTV sounds amazing! I’m in china at the end of this month, may need to try one out! haa

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      KTV is a must do! its a big part of Chinese culture 🙂 thanks for reading.

  • Glad you could find these… Though for me, I ain’t too much of a party person. I like to curl in after a long day of exploring. Though I know a lot of people who unwind with a party

    • Simon – SiDash Travels

      That sounds just as nice 🙂 thanks for reading.