Beer at cheaper restaurants is quite weak and bland, and often not very cold. Foreign and more expensive Chinese restaurants have export-quality Tsingdao and European or Japanese beers.
All over Ningbo many bars often have happy hour specials with buy-one-get-one until 8PM or buy-two-get-one after 8PM on select beers, just ask before you order. In the Lao Wai Tan area there are many bars yet they're always empty and over priced as the competition is fierce. Home to Le Cargo the late night sleazy disco that normally end up in a fight and the police being called.
There are a few bars by the side of the Sheraton attract the new business men in town who like to rub shoulders and tell each other the stories they've read in the china guide books, or start offering each other shares in an idea! before running back to safety of their hotels. You will also find some foreign students trying to cross over into business around here too.
Business men at one time or another will trade from the outer district of Beilun. Many bars have been springing up to cater to them before they make the short trip back to downtown, alternatively next to every bar area you can find a cheap hotel if you dont have a driver and fancy a few more drinks.
If your staying in a hotel get a business card or two before leaving the hotel so you can always get a taxi home by showing the card to your driver no matter how late it is!
"The Office", located in Lao Waitan. Where all the foreigns go no a days. Taco tuesdays ¥100 for all you can eat tacos. Tons of other specials, good food. Always some one to talk to.
Legends Bar141 Leigong Xiang 141Phone: +86 13967860446One of the infamous girlie talking bars where unsuspecting tourists or business men buy rounds of drinks for the girls with the expectation of a little more change at the end of the night than they actually get. Do not run a tab and pay for the drinks as you get them. Experience the most stinky bathroom in Ningbo. Shooters Bar78 Renmin Lu, Lao Waitan 78Phone: +86 13884469217cool decoration with hand painted pictures on the walls and Chinese style stool based seating. The bar is of a medium to large size and has great and pretty staff. you go there for the shots and the staff and location. Z Rocks43-47 Zhongma Lu, Lao Waitan 43-47Phone: +86 0574 8735-9063Price: Very ExpensiveGetting a drink is not easy as the bar staff do not speak one word of English, terrible Chinese band tries their best, often empty. right The GardenLao WaitanPhone: +86 15957425880Price: BudgetA great place when the weather is not too hot and not too cold, outdoor seating next to the river with super cheap drinks and student music makes this the choice place for students and those on an extreme budget. Harley Bar18 Ma Yuan RdPhone: +86 13003728695Has a great feeling about the place, pool table, decent food, live music, clean American style bar. nice but always empty Nancy's Bar103-2 Zhenming Lu 1032Phone: +86 0574 8731-8266A whole evening wrapped into one with Thai food being served upstairs and a full bar downstairs, you can enjoy a few drinks whilst waiting for a table or enjoy a few Thai snacks at the bar over a cold beer. Le Cargo33 Yangshan Xiang, Lao Waitan 33Phone: +86 0574 8766-5552Hours: 6PM-2AMLate night pick up joint complete with bar brawls and police raids. Standard disco music to get the local girls and students strutting their stuff. Small yet cram packed at the weekends. Legends Bar141 Leigong Xiang 141Phone: +86 13967860446One of the infamous girlie talking bars where unsuspecting tourists or business men buy rounds of drinks for the girls with the expectation of a little more change at the end of the night than they actually get. Do not run a tab and pay for the drinks as you get them. Experience the most stinky bathroom in Ningbo. BarflyTian Yi Sq, No. 7 gate, 11C area, 3F 7 11C3Phone: +86 0574 8727-7979Price: Extreme pricesThe young and beautiful with stacks of cash flock to this bar. Great shows here. But expensive. Bass Clef Bar168 Zhongma Lu, Lao Waitan 168Phone: +86 13958274535One of the better bars in Lao Waitan, a small intimate bar that is well lit with a mini stage for live music.
Elsa's barLeigong XiangYoung yet not so local girls talk to older western business men until the early hours for increasingly expensive drinks, beware nothing else is available in these kind of talking bars, do not run a tab and pay for each drink as and when it is served and in your hand.
Bourbon StreetZhongma Lu 86 Long 5 HaoPhone: +86 0574 8738-8898Latin music bar with live band that starts at 9:30PM. Recently redecorated and rewired to give a superb Latin sound and feel. Shamrock Irish PubZhongma Lu 72 HaoPhone: +86 0574 8766-0989Hours: 11AM-2AMA typical Irish bar, with Guinness and a friendly bunch of visitors.
Red Lion PubMinshan Lu, 273-277 Hao, BeilunPhone: +86 0574 8696-1099Hours: 5:30PM-2AMThe best bar in Beilun, outdoor seating, large wine selection and German beers on tap. Very Busy on Friday nights. The HemingwayYaojiang Lu 4 Hao, Xinqi Area, BeilunPhone: +86 0574 8683-1323Hours: 4PM-2AMSmall but nice and right next door to the Marco Polo. Marco PoloYaojiang Lu 3 Hao, Xinqi Area, BeilunPhone: +86 0574 8683-1323Hours: 4PM-2AMLocated in the outer district of Beilun Marco Polo offers a friendly talking bar where foreign guys and local girls talk the night away. Only PubYaojiang Rd No 20, BeilunPhone: +86 13586858399Hours: 6PM-Situated on the busiest bar street with well over 20 bars, Only Pub is run by a tight group of young fun loving people. A simple bar with little choice but a sound start for a good night out Ocean PubMinshan Lu, 171 Hao, Xinqi Area, BeilunPhone: +86 0574 8683-6252Hours: 5:30PM-2AMAnother small Beilun bar with attractive staff selling Erdinger for 25.
Skyey PubYaojiang Lu 5 Hao, Xinqi Area, Beilun
No 1616 Yaojiang Road, Xinqi Lu
Uno BarNo: 354 Dahuangqiao S St, YuyaoEmail: email@example.comPhone: +86 13248661011A tiny little bar, in fact the only foreigners bar in Yuyao, run by a German guy and his Philippine helpers who will rustle up some food for you if you call ahead. An ideal place to stop on the way home if you've been busy buying plastics all day in Yuyao.
C2 CafeNo. 115 Portman Jie, Caihong Bei LuReal Italian Lavazza Coffee, tables outside in the summer and smoking upstairs in the winter, the only place to get a perfect espresso
Randys Cafe82 Qian Long Rd (82)Phone: +86 0574 8774-0112Western style cafe with an extensive western and Chinese menu, coffee, juices, and a good beer selection. Western breakfasts on the weekends.
Club TNT95Phone: 0574-87168999Price: 1200 tableThe top dance club for Ningbo's locals with money to burn, occasionally you can find a few foreigners. Girls dancing on podiums, live DJ's, table service, drinks by the bottle.