Xi'an may have a lot to offer the discriminating traveler, but one department where they fall short of what may be expected is the nightlife. This is not to say that there aren't many places to shake your booty or grab a cheap beer or even a few streets where the bars and clubs stack up next to each other in succession, but when compared to nightlife meccas like Shanghai or Hong Kong, it's no contest.
There are two streets in Xi'an that provide the type of nightlife environment that bustles once the weekend hits. The first is De Fu Xiang, a short street that is lined on both sides with everything from low-key cafes to loud dance clubs that pump Chinese disco and international pop music. On slower nights in particular you'll be solicited often by doormen to enter various establishments; you'll also see a lot more tourists or expats here due to the generally more European feel. The other street of note is the tiny Nandajie, located very near the Drum and Bell Towers. Although diminutive in size, it packs a punch with its stable of clubs, including popular standby MIX.
Other establishments of note not in the previously mentioned areas include 1+1 on Dongdajie, Havana Bar on Remnin Square, and Vice Versa near the Wen Chang Gate. For more information on what establishments are in town and what might be of interest to you, take a look at our activity listings; although if wild nightlife is your top priority, then we suggest looking elsewhere.