Entertainment

Top Choice Live Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

DDC

One of the capital's current favourite 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 …
Top Choice Live Music in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Hot Cat Club

Hot Cat Club is one of the city's most popular venues with its sticky-carpet pub feel and nightly roster of local and foreign guitar-slinging bands playing everything from rock 'n' roll to electronica. Gigs are usua…
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

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…
Spectator Sport in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Workers' Stadium

Built in 1959, Běijīng's main soccer stadium is home to Běijīng Guó’ān (www.fcguoan.com), the capital's sole football (soccer) team. Although it lacks the cash and star names of Guǎngzhōu Evergrande and Shànghǎi Shē…
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…
Live Music in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Temple Bar

Large single-room space with a long bar in one corner, a low stage in another, and tables, chairs and sofas strewn across the rest of the floor. The three music-loving managers ensure decent billing from local bands…
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…
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 …
Live Music in Drum Tower & Dōngchéng North

Yúgōng Yíshān

Reputedly one of the most haunted places in Běijīng, this historic building has been home to Qing dynasty royalty, warlords and the occupying Japanese army in the 1930s. You could probably hear the ghosts screaming …