Destination gay bar (dance floor), Beijing, China
Photos of gay bars, nightclubs, lounges, cabarets, and other nightlife options in China
Men cutting it up on the dance floor at Destination, the top venue in gay Beijing.
2M Bar, Hong Kong, China
One of about a dozen gay bars in Hong Kong's Central and adjacent Lan Kwai Fong district, 2M Bar is an intimate neighborhood spot down a small alley off of Wellington Street. As the sign suggests, this is an apt spot to tie one on - if it's all you can drink from 10 pm until 2 am, you have to wonder exactly how 2M celebrates its so-called "Crazy Happy Hour" from 6 pm until 10 pm. I was there on a Saturday around 9 and found it quiet but friendly - a good pre-clubbing spot before hitting the neighborhood's more famous gay hangouts, such as Propaganda, Mei Lan Fang (aka M-Bar), and the Works.
Club Deep, Shanghai, China (closed 2008)
Note: Club Deep closed in 2008
Club Deep, which is down a rather discreet path on the eastern edge of Jingan Park, near the fabulous Citic shopping center (home to Jean Paul Gaultier, darling) and within walking distance of several hotels and shopping malls, including the gay-friendly (and super-cushy Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai). It can be a little hard to find this spot (it's next to a daycare center, of all things), whose official address is 1649 Nanjing Xi Lu, but late at night (when it really gets going), you'll typically be able to locate it simply by listening for the thumpin' club music blaring from within. On weekend evenings, this is one of the best gay spots in China for dancing, pulling in the same voguing vamps and shirtless party monsters you might expect to see in any major international city.
Shanghai Studio, Shanghai, China
In the west end of the French Concession, you'll find the intimate, arty, and decidedly stylish Shanghai Studio. You'll typically find a nice mix of cool locals, engaging expats, and gay Shanghai scene-makers in this underground bar - and it's literally below ground. You reach it down a flight of stairs, which leads through a mazelike hallway hung with intriguing art installations. You'll finally reach two groovy little lounges with mod bar stools and relaxing music at decibels that allow for conversation. Off of the main bar you'll find Manifesto, a slick and sexy gay menswear and undergear shop that carries a number of trendy imported lines. Many nights you'll find Manifesto's charming young owner, Kenneth Tan, in the bar. Shanghai Studio and Manifesto are at 1950 Huaihai Zhong Lu. As you approach walking west along Huaihai, turn right into the short driveway and walk to the back, where a sign will lead you to the doorway and stairs that descend into this one-of-a-king subterranean haunt.
Destination gay bar (exterior), Beijing, China
A simple sign marks the entrance to Beijing's best gay bar, Destination, which contains several festive rooms and dance areas.