Top Choice Live Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central


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

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…
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…
Classical Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

National Centre for the Performing Arts

Sometimes called the National Grand Theatre, this spectacular Paul Andreu–designed dome, known to Beijingers as the ‘Alien Egg’, attracts as many architectural tourists as it does music fans. But it’s the place to l…
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 …
Jazz in Běihǎi Park & Xīchéng North

East Shore Jazz Café

Rock star Cui Jian’s saxophonist, whose quartet plays here, opened this chilled venue just off Di'anmenwai Dajie and next to Qiánhǎi Lake. It’s a place to hear the best local jazz bands, with live performances from …
Classical Music in Sānlǐtún & Cháoyáng

Poly Plaza International Theatre

Right by Dongsi Shitiao subway station, this venue hosts a range of performances, including ballet, classical music, opera and traditional Chinese folk music. It also puts on an increasing number of works by foreign…
Live Music in Forbidden City & Dōngchéng Central

Modernsky Lab

One of Běijīng's newest venues, Modernsky is run by a local music label of the same name, and has shows by local indie, rock and electro bands. It's in the basement of the Galaxy Soho building.
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, as well as highly rated musicians from abroad. It’s also one of the ci…
Live Music in Summer Palace & Hǎidiàn

13 Club

A dark and forbidding venue down a suitably grimy alley. A lot of metal acts play here, so if you’re a fan of guitar solos and making the sign of the horns, this is the place for you. Look for the red sign.