Where to Party in Guangzhou!

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The Guangzhou Party Guide is part of The Year of the Monkey Trip Report which covers the following places:


Overview 

China today is what I imagine NYC to be like in the 70’s and 80’s. The clubs are packed and the alcohol never stops flowing. While I still regard Shanghai as the best party city in China, Guangzhou comes in second. There are many places to go but I will start with the least crazy to see if you can keep up.

The Roof Bar at the Park Hyatt Guangzhou 

The Roof Bar is located on the 70th floor of the Park Hyatt Guangzhou. It offers impeccable views of the city and the Canton Tower. If you’re staying at the Park Hyatt, make sure the hotel makes a reservation for a spot outside. A drink will run you around $16 so it’s best not to stick around too long. Also, the live entertainment was very weird. It was three expats singing top 40 off-key, “And I wish I never met her at all.”

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Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar
Rooftop Bar
Questionable live entertainment
Questionable live entertainment

Nova Club 

The hotel recommended Nova Club. Apparently, many celebrities go there. When I went, it was empty and full of really young people. The only celebrity in the house was T to the Izz-o, TPOL.

Nova
Nova
Nova
Nova

7-Eleven (Intermission)

If you’re hopping from bar to bar, stop at a 7-Eleven along the way. The drinks in Guangzhou can get pricey so it’s worth staying hydrated with Tsingtao beer when in route.

Catwalk 

You better have a lot of energy if you plan on going to Catwalk. The place is insane. The first step is to get past the doorman who will hand you a card with a message printed in English that says that the club is at capacity. Act confused and just go inside.

The doorman
The doorman
More security
More security
Let me in doorman
Let me in doorman
A very innovative menu
A very innovative, digital menu
The Merry Christmas Shot Tree
The Merry Christmas Shot Tree
More of the shot tree
More of the shot tree
Craziness
Craziness
Catwalk
Catwalk
Catwalk mashup
Catwalk mashup

The Pearl River 

If it was last call in the US, it would be time to go home. In Guangzhou, this means that it is time to move the party to the Pearl River. I do not know all of the names of all the places that line the river but there are many to choose from. At one of the venues, we were given the same ‘capacity’ excuse. This time I flashed the Grand Hyatt hotel key and was personally escorted to the bar.

Some bar
Some bar
With some fruit
With some fruit
And some entertainment
And some entertainment
The mashup
The mashup

The Aftermath 

Now that you’ve lost your hearing, it is time to have street food and make friends with the vendors.

My buddies
My buddies

 

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. NYC in the late 70’s, early 80’s was not about the alcohol, it was about the drugs. And the subways smelled, but I digress. Are chinese people really any fun to drink with???

    • Yeah some clubs in China have too many guys in the stall at one time sniffling too. And yes they are great. See post tomorrow

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