Beijing’s musical diversity is limitless – as well as its many annual music festivals, concerts, clubs, bars, and street performances, there are plenty of opportunities to see your favourite genre live. If jazz floats your boat, then check out our round-up of the best places for performances in Beijing.
A beautiful hutong bar with an intimate prohibition feel, Modernista provides jazz-lovers with an opportunity to dance the night away to a live show, every Sunday on the dancefloor. With different bands lined up to perform weekly, Modernista is one of the city’s most consistently impressive live jazz venues. Sunday night guests here can expect an eclectic crowd, delicious cocktails, a swanky atmosphere, and of course, some of the best jazz the city has to offer.
44 Baochao Hutong, Beijing, China, +86 136 9142 5744
Fete de la Musique 2017 started on Sunday with a crazy party in downtown Beijing 💗 We are proud to be one of the venues for this years' edition! FDLM is the event we've been supporting since our beginning … So dont miss this WEDNESDAY from 10pm with one of the most popular Beijing based bands STEVIE MAC and THE MACDADDIES … Dont forget – its FREE!
Blue Note Beijing
A world-renowned jazz club, Blue Note Beijing is one of the largest, and most traditional jazz venues in the city. Its interior is striking – pine wood flooring, and dark blue accents decorate the club. The stage is larger than most, with deep blue velvet curtains acting as its backdrop. Blue Note Beijing’s jazz performances are top-notch, due to its top of-the-line musicians – the club attracts internationally established performers, and up-and-comers alike to its stage, making the jazz here something to be reckoned with.
23 Qianmen East Street, Beijing, China, +86 6527 0288
Dusk Dawn Club
To locals, Dusk Dawn Club is known as DDC. It is also known to be one of the city’s best jazz bars. Tucked away between hutongs, Dusk Dawn Club is a hidden musical gem. The venue’s atmosphere is warm and friendly, with a decent sized stage for viewing pleasure. Jazz-lovers flock to the Dusk Dawn Club often for their excellent performances and always lively dancefloor. As far as jazz clubs go, DDC is one of the best that Beijing has to offer.
14 Shanlao Hutong, Beijing, China, +86 10 6407 8969
East Shore Live Jazz Café
East Shore Live Jazz Café is an authentic jazz venue tucked away in a quite average-looking building by Houhai Lake – the word ‘jazz’ dimly lights up the front of the café a yellow hue. The venue is relatively tiny, making for a cozy atmosphere. Its drinks are reasonably priced, and the staff welcoming and eager to help. Jazz-lovers at East Shore Live Jazz Café can expect talented musicians playing some of the city’s best jazz weekly, from Thursday to Sunday.
2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyanlu, Beijing, China, +86 8403 2131
China Bar at the Park Hyatt
Located on the 65th floor of the Park Hyatt in Beijing’s Central Business District, it is no surprise that the views seen from the China Bar are extraordinary. Music fans here can expect exceptional live music, cocktails, and an all-around fabulous atmosphere. With an interior of polished wood, soft blue and yellow hues, and boasting floor-to-ceiling windows, it is difficult not to feel absolutely ritzy while enjoying a night of tasteful cocktails and dulcet jazz.
2 Jianguomen Outer Street, Beijing, China, +86 10 8567 1838
With a warm glow, and a beautiful speakeasy-feel, Parlor is one of Beijing’s best-kept secrets. The bar itself is beautiful; wooden panels and exposed brick line the walls, and mosaic tealights line the venue’s tabletops, acting as the primary source of lighting. Although Parlor doesn’t have live jazz every night, the bar has them weekly. Jazz enthusiasts enjoying a show at Parlor can both indulge in the smooth tunes, as well as in the bar’s extremely one-of-a-kind cocktails. For those of you who haven’t experienced a jazz night at Parlor yet, grab a drink (we recommend the Alice in Wonderland, and sway the night away to some of the city’s most underrated jazz.
Frank by Ala House
Everything about Frank by Ala House oozes chic. The decor is fittingly Art Deco, with geometric carvings on the wooden walls, shelves of whiskey making up the bar’s inventory, and inviting chairs in muted tones. Frank by Ala House’s door is even decorated in time-appropriate font, boasting the bar’s name in Gatsby-esque lettering. What really establishes this bar as a speakeasy, though, is its live jazz performances; the quality and energy of the performers at Frank by Ala House cannot be competed with. The atmosphere evokes a reminiscent feel of the roaring ’20s. For top-shelf whiskey, high-quality cigars, an amazing crowd, and of course, some of the best jazz in Beijing, Frank by Ala House is a must.
Shop 106, Tower 3 at Central Park, 6 Chaowai Avenue, Beijing, China, +86 10 6500 7847