Top Choice Live Music in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Jiāng Hú

One of the coolest places to hear Chinese indie and rock bands, Jiāng Hú, run by a trombone-playing, music-loving manager, is housed in a small courtyard and packs in the punters on a good night. Intimate, cool, and…
Top Choice Concert Venue in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

School Bar

Another reason why hip Wudaoying Hutong is too cool for school, this divey band venue is the best spot to tap into the capital's underground scene. Run by a couple of veteran Běijīng punks, it hosts quality gigs fro…
Top Choice Live Music in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Hot Cat Club

As one door closes another live house opens with Hot Cat Club arriving to keep Běijīng's live music scene kicking. It's one of the city's most popular venues with its sticky carpet pub feel and nightly roster of loc…
Top Choice Live Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central


One of the capital's current favorite spots to catch Chinese indie, punk and metal bands, DDC is an intimate space located down a nondescript hútòng. Its courtyard bar is also a good place for a drink, with a wide s…
Performing Arts in Dashilar & Xīchéng South

Lao She Teahouse

Lao She Teahouse, named after the celebrated writer, has daily and nightly shows, mostly in Chinese, which blend any number of traditional Chinese performing arts. The evening performances of Peking opera, folk art …
Peking Opera in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

Cháng’ān Grand Theatre

This large theatre, with its distinctive model of a Peking-opera mask standing outside, offers a genuine experience, with the erudite audience chatting away knowledgably among themselves during the daily performance…
Acrobatics in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Cháoyáng Theatre

The Cháoyáng Theatre hosts visiting acrobatic troupes from around China who fill the stage with plate spinning and hoop jumping. It's an accessible place for foreign visitors, and tickets are available from its box …
Jazz in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

East Shore Jazz Café

Cui Jian’s saxophonist, whose quartet plays here, opened this chilled venue just off Di’anmen Waidajie and next to Qiánhǎi Lake. It’s a place to hear the best local jazz bands, with live performances from Wednesdays…
Classical Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

Forbidden City Concert Hall

Located on the eastern side of Zhōngshān Park, this is a wonderfully romantic venue for performances of classical and traditional Chinese music. It’s also the best acoustically.
Peking Opera in Dashilar & Xīchéng South

Húguǎng Guild Hall

The most historic and atmospheric place in town for a night of Peking opera. The interior is magnificent, coloured in red, green and gold, and decked out with tables and a stone floor, while balconies surround the c…