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Xi’an has seen a significant influx of new bars and clubs in recent years, so whether you want to dance the night away or enjoy a few quiet cocktails at a laid-back bar you’re sure to find a nightlife scene that fits the mood.
If it’s clubbing you’re after, our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest joining the throngs of partiers at the perennially popular 1 + 1 Bar, a late-night neon labyrinth with a packed dance floor. Don’t be surprised if you see more foreigners here than locals.
For a more relaxing ambience head to De Fu Xiang, a street lined with more than 20 bars and cafés where you can sip a cold bottle or two of Tsingtao or a glass of Bordeaux.
Feeling extra adventurous? Don’t miss a chance to experience the KTV (karaoke television) phenomenon that’s become wildly popular in Xi’an and other parts of eastern Asia. Karaoke here is a much more private affair than it is in the United States, where you often have to belt out your song on stage in front of strangers. Instead, at places such as Xialudi KTV groups of friends rent a reasonably priced private room (usually around US$15) that contains a few microphones, a big-screen TV and a jukebox where you can select the playlist – and room service helps keep the singing confidence flowing.