Jin Livehouse

The music scene in Guiyang is growing, with more bars featuring live music than ever before. However, the music choices can be quite limited, with just a few places featuring jazz and blues scattered around the city. Enter Jin Livehouse, a venue that attracts touring bands from all over the world, with a focus on the harder stuff. The owner of Guiyang’s Livehouse, a musician himself, returned to his hometown from Beijing  in 2015. For … Continue reading

Soil Café

Soil Café Guiyang has a lot of cafés. A lot. Really, an unbelievable number of cafés. They’re in shopping malls, along main thoroughfares, tucked into apartment complexes, on rooftops and just anywhere you can imagine. Every café is different. Some, like Starbucks and Createa, are utilitarian caffeine-fueling stations with reliable coffee and long lines. Others, like Rooftop, are gathering places for expats who want to catch some sun, play board games and chill. Soil Café … Continue reading

Pink No Bibi

Pink No Bibi Inside a strangely empty mall in downtown Guiyang is a whimsical, pink ice cream and drink shop. Pink No Bibi serves very cute soft-serve ice cream with sweet toppings like fruit, marshmallows, or cotton candy. The shop itself is a princess-fairy-tale-dream of everything pink you can imagine. There are big, pink feather dusters, a pink skull perched on a table, a pink bust of Michaelango’s David, and even a pink ball pit … Continue reading

World Cup 2018: Where to Watch

World Cup 2018: Where to Watch We’re a bit more than a week into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and Guiyang is going crazy for it. The last time the World Cup took place, finding a good spot to watch a game was a struggle, and the very late night games were near-impossible. This year, you can see the games on all over the city. I’ve seen games broadcast on the big screen outside Hunter … Continue reading

Dr. Cocktail

Dr. Cocktail Inside one of Huaguoyuan’s many skyscrapers is Dr. Cocktail, a tiny cocktail bar that will cure what ails you. The ambiance is typical of Guiyang’s cocktail lounges — a few sofas, some seats at a bar, dark leather furniture, and jazz playing in the background. It’s an enjoyable nook, with music just loud enough to give you some privacy. The stars here are really the cocktails. While some cocktails are easy to find … Continue reading

MIA Flower Café

MIA Flower Café On my continuous hunt for places with patios, I stumbled upon MIA Flower & Tea. The photos I found online intrigued me, and I set out to see what they had to offer. It was a bit difficult to find at first, but completely worth it. Their eclectic decor (think grandma’s shabby chic garden) and private courtyard are a true delight. Every nook in the two-story café has been festooned with knick-knacks, … Continue reading

001# Space

001# Space 001# Space is a milk tea and cocktail bar that can be found in Guiyang’s downtown. The bar itself is beautifully set in a glass atrium with lots of polished concrete. It has several smaller spaces within, giving you privacy to enjoy your drink. Unlike most bars around Guiyang, the music here doesn’t get cranked to ear-splitting levels after 9 PM. Instead, it remains low all evening, so it’s an excellent place to … Continue reading

Cloud Bar (Novotel Hotel)

Large Booth Seating Cloud Bar Novotel Guiyang Guizhou

Cloud Bar (Novotel Hotel) Located on the 29th floor of the Novotel hotel, Cloud Bar is a brand new beer and cocktail bar with a fantastic view of the city. Even more exciting, the entire bar rotates, so your view changes as you enjoy your drinks. Note that while the bar is open from 11 AM to 1 AM, it only rotates between 6 and 10 PM.  The bar has warm, classic decor (aside from … Continue reading

The New Old Fashion Bar

Singapore sling new old fashion guiyang guizhou

The New Old Fashion Bar The Old Fashion is actually one of the first bars I went to when I first moved to Guiyang. I loved the cocktails and decor, and would pop in from time to time for a drink before dinner. When I heard they had opened a new location, I was a bit worried they’d lose their charm in attempting to modernize. However, they’ve managed to translate a small, single floor knick-knack-filled … Continue reading

1919 Booze Delivery App

Beer 1919 Beer and Alcohol Delivery App Guiyang Guizhou

1919 Booze Delivery App In general, if I want a drink I’ll head to one of Guiyang’s many bars to satisfy my craving and socialize a bit. However, on the advice of a friend, I decided to check out 1919. It’s an alcohol delivery app with a slogan that translates to “Quickly Drink.” They’re not exaggerating, either. I’ve had a delivery come in 22 minutes, and another come in an unbelievable 17 minutes. You do … Continue reading