Sanlitun - Enjoy Colorful Nightlife

Sanlitun - Enjoy Colorful Nightlife

By Chris QuanUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

Sanlitun got its name for being three li away from downtown Beijing (1.5 km or about a mile away). It covers a wide area of Chaoyang District, housing many bars and clubs (popular with both expats and locals) as well as international brand-name stores and other entertainment.

It is one of the most famous entertainment areas in Chaoyang District. You can spend your day exploring the stores and spend the night in its many bars.

Sanlitun Facts

Sanlitun Bar Street – Beijing’s Most Famous

Sanlitun60% of the bars in Beijing are in Sanlitun Bar Street.

Bar Street is located at the east side of Sanlitun North Road with a total length of 260 meters. It is one of the busiest streets in Beijing at night. When night falls, Sanlitun is shrouded in light. People flow there seeking relaxation. It attracts local young people, celebrities and foreigners.

There are more than 80 bars in Bar Street. Statistically, 60% of the bars in Beijing are gathered there. Sanlitun was the earliest bar community in Beijing and is the origin of Beijing bar culture. The first bar appeared there in 1989.

You can find all kinds of bars there. They will set tables on the sidewalk where guests can drink, watch football games on TV and chat. Some bars will have live bands, magic shows, cocktail shows, dance shows and themed events. These bars are open from the afternoon to the early morning of the next day.

Some Popular Bars

Long Jing - Sanlitun: Delicious cocktails mixing with traditional Chinese teas are the feature.

The Local - Sanlitun: Draft beers, cider, Western food and TV sport game watching are offered.

InVino - Sanlitun: It offers a range of imports at all different price ranges including some local Chinese wines.

Mojito Man - Sanlitun: Local hotspot to meet some real Beijingers and frequented by expats. Nice drinks.

Knight - Sanlitun: Offers whiskey, cocktails, red wine and a magic show. Popular among the locals.

Shopping – Trend and Fashion

SanlitunSanlitun Taikoo Li

Sanlitun is the vane of fashion trends in Beijing. There are a lot of street fashion brands and big international brands.

The most remarkable collection is found at Taikoo Li. Taikoo Li is an open shopping area, composed of 19 modern buildings. You can find many world-famous brands ranging from luxury shops to forefront designer brands, such as Adidas, Uniqlo, Mango, Puma, Balenciaga, Apple and Coach in these 19 buildings.

The Ya Show Market is also in the Sanlitun area and is a popular destination for tourists wishing to buy fake name-brand clothes. You can discover what a market of fake products looks like by visiting there.


There are also many art shops in Sanlitun. You can find Pop–up, an antique furniture shop with a lot of old things and antique furniture from abroad such as crystal lamps, white porcelain vases and cigar boxes. You can also enjoy your quiet time in Page One bookstore or go to a gallery. Sometimes there are surprising flash mobs shows.


You can easily find a good restaurant in Sanlitun as there are a variety of restaurants offering different flavors from local Beijing cuisine to Western flavors in the streets, in the Taikoo Li and in the Sanlitun SOHO. Salads, steaks, burgers, afternoon tea, vegetarian food and Chinese food are all available to satisfy your taste buds. If you want to try Beijing roast duck, you must go to 1949 The Hidden City located in an independent and quiet courtyard. The crispy duck matched with a special sauce tastes wonderful.


As Sanlitun is adjacent to Beijing's largest embassy district and has many hotels ranging from youth hostels to luxury hotels, it’s the choice of many foreign tourists when they travel to Beijing and one of the 11 Best Beijing Neighborhoods to Stay in 2019.


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