Guide to Bar and Restaurants in Wudaokou, Beijing
If you're a student studying in the Wudaokou neighborhood of Beijing, chances are you'll have come across one of the many bar/restaurant options the neighborhood has to offer. Located in Beijing's northwestern Haidian district, Wudaokou is the home to a large number of universities, giving the neighborhood a high student population, both Chinese and foreign. With the majority of the bar/restaurants clustered alongside the Wudaokou subway station, it can be overwhelming at first to figure out what each place has to offer.
Helen's Cafe has a good selection of drinks, from beer to hard liquor buckets. The food is pretty good, although the serving time leaves a little to be desired. Helen’s has different specials that offer a variety of discounted liquor (and sometimes even free cigarettes), depending on the night. It's a very international student type of crowd, with usually only a few locals most nights. The place tends to get packed pretty quickly, especially on weekends, so get there early to grab a table.
If you're interested in playing pool, shuffleboard or smoking hookah, Lao Wai's Lounge is the place to go. While there is better Western food to be had elsewhere, the drinks list is ever expanding and reasonably priced. Pool and shuffleboard are always attractive options for those looking for a more laid-back night out, and the hookah isn't of bad quality. Despite the name (which means "foreigner's lounge"), foreigners and locals alike frequent Lao Wai's.
Voted Best Student Hangout by The Beijinger for five years in a row, Lush is the most well known bar in town. Open 24 hours, it serves Western food (with all-day breakfast) as well as excellent quality (read: non-watered down) beers and cocktails. They also have relatively good quality hookah. On weekends, there is often live music, adding to the atmosphere of the place. Lush hosts a variety of events throughout the week, including pub quiz Wednesdays and open mic Sundays.Continued on the next page