Written by Jack Marshall and Tracy Nel

While Bar Street and the South Gate area play host to some of the more popular bars in Xi’an, there are a few spots around that are a little less frequented. The southwest corner of the wall is one such place, and it’s here that you will find J. P. Morgan.


J. P. Morgan, aka Morgan Bar, is one of the best-looking pubs around, and has made it to the top of my list for weekend hangouts. The décor is sublime, starting with the full-sized Bumblebee Transformer that greets you at the door. Inside, your eyes will be immediately drawn to the central bar, with its old gas pipe mesh chandelier and its bottle-shaped bulbs. Continuing the twisted metal theme, the stage along the back wall is adorned with more gas pipes and bits of a dismantled truck engine. To softenup its industrial edges, the roof has been transformed into a mural by some skilled local artists.


One of the best things about Morgan is that every table and booth is in full view of the stage. Three different live bands play every night, accompanied by magic shows on weekends, and it’s great that they were thoughtful enough in their planning to make sure everyone in attendance can fully enjoy the performances. Speaking of magic shows, if you see Tony, the owner-slash-manager, be sure to ask him to show you some of his magic tricks.


Morgan offers all of your favorite drinks at competitive prices. The already reasonable prices can be made even more reasonable bygetting yourself a selfie-inspired membership card for RMB100. While there is no food at the moment, they are planning for some snacks to be made available in the near future.

Every few weeks, Morgan hosts a themed party, such as the recent Avengers premier party. On ladies night, women get a free cocktail as a first drink and then a 40 % discount on any cocktails ordered thereafter. The party atmosphere, as well as the friendly staff, make these special occasions all the more special.


Morgan Bar has become my weekend hangout spot and, even though it’s not a part of the South Gate milieu, you’ll be rewarded for taking the road less traveled with all that this amazing bar has to offer.

Pros: Everything from start to finish

Cons: Tony won’t tell me how he does his magic tricks

Avg price per drink: RMB35


Address /地址:No.7, Nan Ma Dao Xiang, Lian Hu District


营业时间, 20:00 – 02:00