Top choice live music in Forbidden City & Dongcheng 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 selection of Běijīng craft beers (from ¥30), on tap (including a few of their own brews) and cheap cocktails (from ¥35) at its bar made up of Lonely Planet guidebooks.

DDC was established by a collective of Chinese musicians, artists and curators to foster a Běijīng underground subculture.