When it comes to the live music scene, Beijing
has no rivals. The hip vibe of the city creates the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a performance over a drink or two.
The go-to place on a weekend for many local artsy hipsters and their friends. Modernista offers all that a Gulou dweller holds dear: a live band, state of the art cocktails and a truly hip atmosphere. Show off some dance moves on the almost always packed dance floor or just enjoy the show from the second floor balcony, casually sipping a cocktail.
44 Baochao Hutong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
The Parlor takes the music scene to the next level of sophistication, but still leaves room for a party. The drinks here are original and with a local flavour, the music provides jazz tunes till late at night.
Xindong Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027
The place to find the classic combination of jazz and whiskey will bring a Great Gatsby feel to your evening. The knowledgeable bartenders will guide you through the extensive whiskey list. The art deco interior works well with the custom made cocktails. And the music will set a laid-back feel to the night.
Chaoyangmen Outer St, ChaoWai, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Temple bar brings together rock fans. The atmosphere is very low-key and relaxed whereas the drinks fairly affordable. The bar supports up and coming names and hosts all night parties, keeping doors open till the break of dawn.
206 Gulou E St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Blue Note brings the New York name to Beijing and provides a platform for international acts coming East. Blue Note pairs live jazz with a drinks and great food. The bar offers a slightly more mature atmosphere than other places, but delivers quality music nonetheless.
Blue Note, China, Beijing Shi, 朝阳区定福庄
East Shore Live Jazz Café
A bar to stop by when in the Houhai area, the East Shore Live Jazz Café has live music Thursday to Sunday, starting at 21:30. Come a little ahead of time to get hold of a table. The area is filled with lively bars and loyal patrons of the lake area.
甲2号 Qianhai Nanyan, ShiChaHai, Xicheng Qu, China, 100009