Sure, every continent has nightlife, but trust us when we say that no continent has nightlife like Asia! From the seedy clubs of Bangkok, to the high-end cocktail bars of Hong Kong, each one of these cities could seriously claim to have Asia’s best nightlife. But, alas, there can only be one city with the best nightlife in Asia.
10. Beijing, China
[Also see our “Travel Guide to Beijing and its Attractions“]
Though not as glitzy as Shanghai, Beijing’s nightlife has a special, approachable quality to it that’s really appealing. The Sanlitun bar street is a huge hit with locals, travelers and expats alike, and visitors can expect to find low-key bars, lots of outdoor seating and super cheap Tsing Taos. Those looking to dance the night away in upscale nightclubs can, instead, check out Gongti and its longstanding clubs like Angel Club and Babyface. And, finally, one of the city’s more unique nightlife experiences can be found at Chocolate – a hot spot with the local Russian crowd that’s known for its gauche design and vodka.
9. Macau, China
[Also see our travel article “Macau: Casinos and Historical Attractions“]
Macau is part of China in the same way that Tahiti is part of France – Xi Jinping may be its head of state, but he’s not really running things in Macau. No, for those shot-callers one has to go to the Cotai Strip and its billion-dollar casinos. And as would be expected from a place with billion-dollar casinos, Macau has a pretty good nightlife too. The pool parties at the Venetian alone are worth the trip!
8. Busan, South Korea
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Busan is a city that often gets overlooked for the bigger and brighter lights of Seoul, but that’s part of its charm. Only a few travelers include stops in Busan on their whirlwind tours across Asia, and the city’s expatriate community is much smaller than the one in Seoul. This, and the larger number of universities in Busan, gives the city’s nightlife an authentic South Korean student vibe. Think cheap drinks and great times.
7. Tokyo, Japan
[Also see our “Travel Guide to Tokyo and its Attractions“]
Tokyo’s nightlife is epic, there’s no debating that. The only reason it’s not higher on this list is that it’s also very expensive. But the rush one gets exploring the twisting lanes of Shinjuku and its red-light district or dancing the night away in Roppongi is unrivaled in Asia.
6. Taipei, Taiwan
[Also see our travel article “An Epic Night Out in Taipei“]
By day, Taipei is a bustling capital city filled with office workers and motor scooters. At night, however, the city truly comes alive with its open-air night markets and excellent nightlife offerings. For a great introduction to the city’s nightlife and fashionable clubbers, check out Spark in Taipei 101. Otherwise just read our in-depth guide to Taipei’s nightlife.