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First published on 28 Mar 2012. Updated on 14 Feb 2015.
Easily the best music on Gongti West. Better residents and more international artists, with 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. Lantern bumps techno most nights, but has been adding more flavours all the time.

The crowd is 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. Lantern is underground perfection – when they’re throwing an event.
Jared Cline


9pm-6.30am daily

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

Fri 03 Apr

The techno-fiends at Lantern get the special treatment from DJs Gee-E, Huang WeiWei & Weng Weng

Sat 04 Apr

DJs SunMen, ShenYue and Lantern boss Weng Weng host Techno Trio down in the underground

Sun 05 Apr

DJ Weng Weng takes the reins at Lantern for this Sunday special All Night Long session

Critics' Choice
Sun 05 Apr

Free screening of this Hakka-related film

Critics' Choice
Sat 11 Apr

After the success of the Ninetoes party, Footprint return with Singapore's Xhin to host Lantern

Sun 12 Apr

Free screening as part of a retrospective on Hakka films

Fri 17 Apr

Local techno hero Mickey Zhang presents his holding night at Lantern, with support from Weng Weng

Sat 18 Apr

Thailand, and probably Asia's most successful female DJ, Nakadia, returns for Back to Basics at L...

Sun 19 Apr

This documentary is showing as part of a retrospective on Hakka films

Critics' Choice
Sun 26 Apr

This documentary is showing as part of a Hakka film retrospective

Sun 03 May

Free screening of this documentary as part of a Hakka-related film retrospective


Posted by : Owen Daniel (TimeOut Nightlife Editor) on 25/02/2015 22:00:10
Sorry to hear you had such a terrible time and I will be sure to feed it back to the management. The reasons we have given Lantern such a high rating is because on the vast majority of party nights, the atmosphere, music and crowd are fantastic. I hope you have a more positive experience next time around, and btw I'm not sure we mentioned it having great décor :)
Posted by : jacky on 22/02/2015 20:20:44
i m so doubt why the editor of timeout gived lantern this high score, a underground bar, located in the fringe of gongti,because of its musics,deco,or its service? the question mark lead me into this club,as a native freshman ,i m not the target client,so after few questions about djs to a bartender,i started to know it was not right spot for real music lover or dancer,that attitute from that guy was bizarre,first no respond,and stare into my eye,then moan about my words,ok,during the whole chat,i didnt lose my cool,but lost my mood for dancing.i really dont want to mention the decos,if u see some shitty 90 chinese movies ,u will find lots of similarity down this basement,thanks to one dj.without him i would storm out after that chat with bartender.i m proud of being a chinese,even some place deem them a foreign place in china.

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