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Live Music in Drum Tower & Dongcheng North

Local bands, cabaret, salsa dancing and life drawing are just some of the antics unfolding nightly at this arty, Jazz-Age-styled bar and performance space. A crescent of balcony tables overhangs the stage, a fun perch from which to sip a cocktail or absinthe and enjoy the show. Check the Facebook page for listings.

The performance area is hidden, speakeasy-style. Go through the bar and up the stairs. As well as drinks, you can nibble on authentic tapas and pinchos (one of the founders is Spanish).