Photos of gay bars, nightclubs, lounges, cabarets, and other nightlife options in China.
Destination gay bar (dance floor), Beijing, 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.
In the west end of the French Concession, you'll find the intimate, arty, and decidedly stylish Happiness 42. 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. Happiness 42 is at 42 Xingfu Road. 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.