Glamorous Nightlife Experiences in Nanjing Summer

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When the street lights come on in the cooling summer breeze, it is just the right time to explore the glamour of Nanjing: stunning night scene, thrilling live shows, gourmet food and beverage and wonderful music in clubs and bars. Let's get indulged in the amazing nightlife in Nanjing!

Night Cruise on Xuanwu Lake

Refreshing night breeze, swaying willows, subtle lighting from distant hills and glittering Nanjing skyline in the background, what a poetic summer night of Xuanwu Lake!

The night cruise on Xuanhu Lake, which is scheduled from 19:00-20:00 every Friday and Saturday, is one of the best ways to indulge in the night-time beauty of this time-honored cultural capital. The luxury cruise will take you to enjoy the stunning over-600-year-old city wall dating back to Ming Dynasty, the reflection of the lush Zhongshan Mountain and the ancient pagoda of Jiming Temple and the skyscraping Zifeng Tower.

You can also have a pleasant night walk around the wonderful music fountain at Lotus Square (19:30/20:00, every Friday and Saturday) for the dazzling music light show, and stroll along the waterfront Huanzhou Light Art Tunnel (环洲灯光隧道).

Address:No. 1, Xuanwu Alley, Xuanwu District, Nanjing
Boarding Location:Huanzhou Dock, Xuanwu Lake Park
Departure Time: Every Friday-Saturday, 19:00/19:30/20:00
Ticket for Night Cruise: CNY 50/person
Tour Duration: About 30 minutes
Tour Area:South-west area of Xuanwu Lake
Service/Reservation Hotline: +86 25 83613166
How to get there: Take Subway Line 1 to Xuanwu Gate Station (Exit 3) and walk for about 1.2 km

Night Live Performance of Local Art

Immersed in the Live Opera Show at Zhan Garden

When the sun sets and lights are lit, it is the high time to stage the folklore shows in the exquisite Chinese garden.

"A Dream of Nanjing: One Night in Zhan Garden" is the only outdoor live opera show regularly staged between the exquisite corridors and pavilions of Zhan Garden, integrating traditional Chinese opera, Chinese folk music, multimedia technology with the surrounding real scene to bring people to the world described in the China Classical literature, "A Dream of the Red Chamber". This show casts a spotlight on the extensive and profound opera art long celebrated in China - folk music, classical dances, Kun Opera and Shaoxing Opera…providing you an amazing peep into the Dream in Red Mansions.

Address: No. 128, Zhanyuan Road, Qinhuai District, Nanjing
Night-time Ticket: CNY 70/person (night show included)
Night Show Admission: 17:30-21:00, Saturday (No admission after 19:30)
Show Time: Every Saturday

  • 1st session: Start at 19:00
  • 2nd session: Start at 20:00

Duration: About 45 minutes
Tel.: +86 25 52657790
How to get there:

  • Take Subway Line1 to Sanshan Street Station (Exit 4), and walk for about 1.1 km
  • Take Tourist Bus Line 2, Line 4, or Bus No. 2, 14 or 16 to Changle Road Station

Audio-visual Feast at Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts

Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, a graceful, grandeur complexion consisted of four teardrop-shaped buildings on an elevated platform resembling to a gigantic lotus-leaf greets you with its lofty Opera House, Concert Hall, Drama Theater and Variety Hall. Here, let's relish Nanjing Baiju or Pingtan, embracing the charm of local traditional opera of Nanjing.

Address: No. 181, Mengdu Avenue, Jianye District, Nanjing
Opening hours: 9:00-20:00
Tel.:+86 25 84537777
How to get there:

  • Subway: Take Line 10 to Nanjing Olympic Sports Center (Exit 3), and walk for about 700m
  • Bus: Take Bus No. 166 to Olympic Sports Avenue·Jiangsu Centre for the Performing Arts, and walk for about 360m

Night Market: Have a Bite of Nanjing at Laomendong

Laomendong Night Market is your optimal choice to explore the local delicacies of Nanjing. Sample a myriad of local eats from fried tofu in chicken soup, guotie stuffed with beef to crispy rice cakes and fruit tofu pudding…Just indulge yourself in the gourmet food served in those lovely quaint buildings. Bon Appétit!

Opening hours: Full day
Tel.: +86 25 58776868
Address: No. 63-2, Jiangzi Alley, Fuzimiao Community, Qinhuai District, Nanjing
How to get there:

  • Take Subway Line 3 to Wudingmen Station (Exit 2), and then walk for about 854m
  • Take Bus No. 14, 46, 88 to Gutong Alley
  • Take Bus No. 23, 33, 43, 63, 81 and 301 to Pipa Alley
  • Take Bus No. 701, 706 to Junshi Alley

More places to go for foodies: Confucius Temple/Fuzimiao (夫子庙), Mingwalang (明瓦廊), Hongmiao (红庙), Beiting Alley (碑亭巷), Wenchang Alley (文昌巷), Sanpailou (三牌楼), Hongshan Food Street (红山排挡街)…

Night Life: Must-visit Bars & Pubs

Nanjing 1912 Pub Street

Nanjing 1912 Pub Street, a block bearing typical construction style of the Republic of China, is known for its dynamic leisure activities and nightlife. Live music pubs, nostalgia, refined clubs, or buzzing rock'n'roll bars… whatever your preference is, you can always find your favorite here. Let's hunt for a pub and take an icy pint of beer against the backdrop of songs and guitar music. Have a great night!

Address: No. 8, Changjiang Hou Street, Xuanwu District, Nanjing
How to get there: Take Subway Line 2 to Daxinggong Station (Exit 1)
Recommended Pubs & Bars:


Name

Business hours

Consumption
per person

Highlights

Tel.

UNA CLUB

20:30-05:00

CNY 453

  • Sprung floor
  • Live show
  • Disco dance

+86 17056109910

MiX Bar

19:00-06:00

CNY 497

  • Cocktail
  • Booths
  • Disco dance
  • Night club

+86 18351444124

Master Gao's Craft Brewery
(高大师精酿啤酒屋)

17:00-02:00

CNY 89

  • Original music
  • Craft beer
  • American style
  • Free WIFI

+86 18951845137

1912 Bar

Round the clock

CNY 219

  • Soft rock
  • Excellent DJ
  • Compartments
  • Disco dance

+86 18351444124

Erma Pub
(贰麻酒馆)

18:00-02:30

CNY 167

  • Original music
  • Excellent DJ
  • Chinese style
  • Panda element

+86 25 83721616

Fengling Music Bar
(风聆音乐酒吧)

17:00-02:00

CNY 98

  • Rock 'n' Roll
  • Beer
  • Live band
  • American country style

+86 15151022431

MAX Bar

20:30-04:30

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  • Metal
  • Whisky
  • Excellent DJ
  • Chinese style

+86 18817718450

Jiangning Baijia Lake (江宁百家湖)

Baijiahu, located at the heart of Jiangning Development Zone, Nanjing, features stunning scenery and dynamic night life. You won't miss its iconic Phoenix Terrace (Fenghuang Tai) and Bailong Square, the largest public entertainment square. On a clear night, you may have a pleasant night walking around Baijia Lake 1912 Block, taking photos under the sky wheel or idling around in a local pub.

Photo source: Culture and Tourism Bureau of Jiangning District

Address: Baijian Lake 1912 Plaza, Jiahu East Road, Jiangning District, Nanjing
How to get there: Subway Line 1 to Baijiahu Station
Recommended Pubs & Bars:


Name

Business hours

Consumption
per person

Highlights

Tel.

Luga's Restaurant & Bar

11:00-02:00

CNY 122

  • Quaint western-style décor
  • Perfect for dinner party

+86 25 86162519

Master Gao's Craft Brewery
(高大师精酿啤酒屋)

16:30-01:00

CNY 98

  • Large tables available
  • Considerate services
  • Relaxing atmosphere
  • Perfect for dinner party

+86 18020161473

Wate Restaurant & Bar, Nanjing Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts
(银城皇冠酒店瓦特餐厅酒吧)

15:00-23:00

CNY 137

  • Lounge singers
  • Cost-effectiveness
  • Considerate services

+86 25 81038888

Xi'nanli Historic Block

Xi'nanli Historic Block, conveniently situated at the intersection point between the south of Xinjiekou business area in Qinghuai District and the west of Fuzimiao business zone, is home to Ganxi Mansion, the largest private residence in China. This area brings together a myriad of diversions as food & beverage, bars and exhibitions etc.

Address: No. 323, Zhongshan South Road, Qinhuai District, Nanjing
How to get there: Take Subway Line 1 to Sanjiekou Station (Exit 2), and walk for 226m
Recommended Pubs & Bars:


Name

Business hours

Consumption per person

Highlights

Tel.

Finnegans Wake Irish Pub

11:30-00:00

CNY 163

  • Live show
  • Window seats
  • Outdoor seats

+86 25 52207362

Yezhijiu Craft Bear Music Restaurant
(夜之久·念精酿啤酒音乐餐厅)

11:00-02:00

CNY 68

  • Craft bear
  • 5D holographic projection
  • Lounge singers

+86 25 83231299

Waiting
(等待)

17:00-02:30

CNY 101

  • Blues
  • Whisky
  • Lounge singers

+86 13382799099

Shanghai Road, Wutaishan Stadium and Guangzhou Road

This area, known for its dazzling array of pubs and bars, constitutes a lively crossroads with Guangzhou Road and Shanghai Road, neighboring Wutaishan Stadium. Shanghai Road, a known bar street adjoining Nanjing University and Nanjing Normal University, is a haunt for foreign students.
Address: No. 77, Shanghai Road, Gulou District, Nanjing
How to get there: Take Subway Line 1 to Zhujiang Road Station, then walk for 893m.

Recommended Pubs & Bars:


Name

Business hours

Consumption per person

Highlights

Tel.

Baolaina Beer Garden Restaurant
(宝莱纳啤酒花园餐厅)

11:00-02:00

CNY 163

  • Live show
  • Outdoor seats
  • Perfect for family fun night

+86 25 83117188

FUTURE CLUB

20:00- 06:00

CNY 968
(Minimum Consumption: CNY 2000)

  • Pop music
  • Excellent DJ
  • Night club

+86 25 66666626

Like Sunday Like Rain

11:00-23:00

CNY 39

  • Smoking zone
  • Coffee
  • Outdoor seats

+86 13851848506

MONO HOUSE

20:30-04:30

CNY 83

  • Whisky
  • Booths
  • House Music

+86 13770636972

VIE CHAT

11:00-22:00

CNY 100

  • Fine décor
  • Perfect for family fun night

+86 25 86220857

TALKING Bar & Restaurant

11:00-02:00

CNY 67

  • Compartment
  • Free WIFI
  • Music Bar & Restaurant

+86 13952002451

More to explore

Nanjing's diversity in nightlife goes beyond words. Let's catch a glimpse of the charm of Nanjing!