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First published on 28 Mar 2012. Updated on 27 May 2014.
Cost On event nights, expect to pay 50-100RMB. It’s often free before midnight. Drinks around 40RMB.

Drinks Nothing to write home about, but does your mum care anyway? For the price, they’ll suffice. Stick to the standard mixers and you’ll head to the bar again and again.

Music Easily the best on Gongti West. Better residents and more international artists, with up to two rooms of tunes. The key difference is this: the owners see music as more than simply a means to keep people shelling out for overpriced cocktails. Associated with DOT Records, Lantern bumps techno most nights, but has been adding more flavours all the time. The West Coast hip-hop night and house-heavy BLEND parties are Time Out favourites.

Crowd Infinitely less obnoxious than neighbouring clubs, but thinner – and we don’t mean in the waistline. You’ve certainly got room to move. On quiet nights, probably too much. Rather than high-tailing it for somewhere more happening, stick around and brush up on your breakdancing. We promise not to post pictures on our website for all the world to see.

Worth it? Underground perfection – when they’re throwing an event.
Jared Cline


9pm-6:30am daily

Admission varies

Telephone 135 0134 8785

English address 100m north of the Workers' Stadium west gate, (in the basement behind Xuxianlou Restaurant) Chaoyang district

Chinese address 工体西门向北100米(许仙楼餐厅后侧地下)

Events at Lantern

Sat 30 Aug

Playboy Girl-cum-DJ spins Berlin techno

Fri 12 Sep

Bring your whip, put on your leather outfit and join this sexy party in the cellar at Lantern


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