For drinking, almost all the backpacker-style restaurants along Guihua Lu have bars and there are also a load of fairly similar loud bars along Xian Qian Lu, though the best places to hang out are the places listed here, or the rooftop bars at the hostels near the river, such as the Showbiz Inn or the nearby and more raucous Monkey Janes. West Street is strung with almost identical clubs, all of which play similar generic pounding techno for the mainly Chinese crowds. It’s hard to recommend one over the others, and they generally stay open till around 2am during high season.

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