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.
Tucked away right on the corner of Gulou East and West streets, the 4 Corners bar is a perfect hutong hideaway serving Vietnamese food by day and attractive Beijing bands by night. The vibe is hip and young. The crowd lively and animated. Housing a number of local bands, 4 Corners has a selection of live music shows to watch out for on their website.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hot Cat Club
This live music spot in Fangjia hutong hosts local and foreign bands all week. The bar isn’t particularly large and can get crowded on a weekend, but rather than feeling cramped it creates a cozy, homey atmosphere.
Dusk Dawn Club (DDC)
The Dusk Dawn Club holds dear the spirit of free music and new talent. Set in a traditional Chinese courtyard, a siheyuan, the club brings artists from the streets to perform for the music-hungry youth.The perfect ingredients to mix with craft beers and good company.