Where to go for a drink

When we first arrived in Wuhan we were trying to figure out where foreigners go for a drink. Of course, there are heaps of bars & cafes around – but sometimes, after a week or two of no western contact –you feel like meeting people with whom you can have an actual conversation! So where do foreign people go for a drink these days?

HANKOU

JZ Club – Launched in 2015, JZ Club Wuhan has become the most representative of all the jazz clubs in Wuhan, and even in China. 365 days a year, JZ house bands present you with everything from classical Standards, buoyant Swing, to refreshing female vocals and modern Jazz Rock. 153 Yanjiang Dadao, Hankou 沿江大道153号(合作路路口). Call 027-82323618

Bounty Rhumerie – The raison d’être of any cocktail bar is its bill of goods. A proper mixology menu will be playful, but firm; subtle, yet bold; innovative, and homage…ive. The Bounty Rhumerie offers a whole new approach to rum by featuring a vast array of historic concoctions, traditional Caribbean drinks, classic libations of Prohibition-era Havana, and homemade creations. Huayuandao, Xibeihu Lu, Hankou 西北湖路特1号花园道B区1层. Call 027-85736338 / 15927331475

Beer Barn 啤酒超市 & Commune 啤酒公社 Cheap Beers and Bottles. Students and teachers from the farthest reaches of Wuchang would come to Hankou to party for cheap. For a larger, less crowded atmosphere, we recommend checking out their newly opened bar, Commune, with the same great prices, and just 3 minutes walk away. Beer Barn: Xibeihu lu (le long du lac Xibeihu), Hankou西北湖路3-85号(万豪国际A105) – Call 027-85559078. Commune: Huanyuandao (zone C, rdc), Xibeihu Lu, Hankou 西北湖路特1号花园道C区1层. Call 027-85558533

Vin sur 20 葡悦葡萄酒餐 – Wine bar launched in May 2017 by Fen and Romain, a Sino-French couple who imports wine in Wuhan. Wuhan Tiandi (A4, emplacement 3-1-2) 武汉天地A4栋3-1-2单元

Brussels & Atomium Beer Pub – This is a cosy narrow “bar–bistro-café-pub” with a lake view garden terrace – run by a Belgium called David. David is also one of the founders of the Aids charity which WOW supports. Located beside the North-West lake in Hankou it’s within walking distance from Novotel, Jin Jiang International and a short taxi ride from the Shangri-La, New-World and Ramada (Hankou). It has a regular loyal expat following and is renowned for its range of beers and relaxed atmosphere. This is a good place where the mature adult / couple / group wanting a quiet drink, some bar food and maybe a chat, can chill. Probably the closest thing to “your local” you’ll get in Hankou. http://www.brusselsbg.com/. XiBeiHu Lu 8-8, Wan Hao Guo Ji 布鲁塞尔啤洒乐园-汉口西北湖路8附8号

Javair – This is a mellow hangout – nestled on a side street right in the neon nightclub central of Hankou; Yanjiang Ave (Soho, Muse, Return 97 etc). Open all day (and some of the night too!) between 10am – 2am. Serves simple food and good reasonably priced drinks. Hankou, 7 TianJin Road (on a side street next to the exit of the tunnel) 爪哇空气 – 汉口天津路7号

Soho – This seems to be the place where the young Chinese business people gather. Hardly the place to converse, but definitely a bar-watching sort of joint! Loud music -mainly R&B – and packed; be prepared to stand unless you have booked a table in advance (seats can be booked after 1400hrs each day). If you’re a foreigner you will for sure make some new friends here!  Located next to the Marco Polo Hotel -so you can often see foreigners here- but due to the noise don’t expect to be able to make much conversation! No. 158 Lanling Road, Yanjiang Street, Jiang’an District, Wuhan 苏荷酒吧-武汉市江岸区汉口 沿江大道158 号武汉时代广场

HANYANG

The Toucan Irish Bar, Hanyang. The Toucan Irish Bar in the Holiday Inn Riverside, and has all the sport pub-like paraphernalia such as a pool table, table soccer table and big screens for the games. They also have a wide range of traditional Irish food such as Guinness pie and Cornish pasties and, of course, the famous Guinness beer on draft. Both the Toucan and Brussels are favorite expat hangouts when the games are on. Similarly to Brussels -this is a rather relaxed place where you’d go to if you want to shoot a game of pool, have some beers and watch the game. Holiday Inn Riverside, No.88 Xi Ma Chang Street, Hanyang 湖北省武汉市汉阳区洗马长街88号(武汉晴川假日酒店一楼后侧)

WUCHANG

Vox Livehouse – Renown as “the” venue for international musicians and bands. This is a particular favorite with the University and muso crowd. Holds regular performances and has a dance floor. Describes itself as “…not a cheesy Chinese Club… a real bar with good music and cool people…the center of Wuhans’ vibrant underground rock scene”. Usually charges a small entrance fee to gigs.http://voxwuhan.cn/ 118 Lumo Road, Luxiang, Wuchang (next to the China Everbright Bank) 武汉市洪山区鲁磨路117#国光大厦光大银行旁

Prison Bar – The Wuhan Prison is a tiny bar around the corner from Vox which was opened by some Wuhanese punk/metal musicians with the intent of it being a place where the musicians playing at Vox could hang out after their gigs. It is a hive of expat activity and is often described in blogs and forums as a dive worth seeing! (Next to Vox) 1F, Guoguang Hotel, Luxiang Lumo Lu, Wuchang 武汉武昌区鲁巷鲁磨路国光宾馆楼下

Looking for some more ideas? Have a look at Wuhan Social website!

5 responses to “Where to go for a drink

  1. Been to many of these (and thrown out of the muse after a thorough search of my persons following an incredibly embarrassing misunderstanding) new years 2012, I was a 20-something in search if festivities. Wondered through many of these and ended up toward midnight at blue sky. Not satisfied with 90% middle-aged (I’m being kind there) french drinkers as my peers I asked the young french guitarist where Chinese go for drinks tonight. He told me to walk a block ‘thataway’ and ask for axe. I found “the music box” and a fluent smiley boy named axe led me into a bar with 20 tables or so and chinese patrons/strangers performing karoke for each other with axe on acoustic guitar. Was invited to join many a table that night and did. Wonderful wuhanese evening! Anyone know if its still there?

  2. Hi, i noticed there wasnt very much information on the Wuchang side of the river. do you typically not go that way or are they just not worth seeing?

    • Hi, most of our events are in Wuchang. It is very interesting part of Wuhan with East Lake park, best hotels, Han street etc…

  3. There is one jazz club close to Marco polo hotel, on Yanjiang Avenue, please try there…

  4. etienne aubert

    Hello,

    I am a jazz crooner singing jazz from 1950’s (Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Gershwin, Nat King Cole, Irving berlin, Léonard Bernstein …) I can sing more than 40 standard tunes. Looking for a jazz club in Wuhan. I can also sing some French songs (Montant, Trenet, Michel Legrand, Piaf….).
    I will give art conferences at Wuhan University from June 19 to july 04 2015.
    If you can provide me with tips for my singing. Best to you, Etienne A.

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