This wonderful performance space is the best live music venue in Beijing. Its new location at Dongcheng District (relocated from Workers’ Stadium car park in September 2007)), with its high stage, stellar sound system, elegant classical design and upstairs lounge will please both those who come for the music and those who come for the scene. The owners have a knack for turning up the best local acts, from blues, jazz, rock and punk to reggae, hip hop, live dance and Mongolian mouth music, and everything in-between -- means you can visit night after night.
2 Kolegas Bar (Liange Haopenyou, 两个好朋友酒吧)
Beijing’s hottest dive bar and live music venue
Address: 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the Maple Garden drive-in movie theatre, two miles east of the Lufthanas Center), Chaoyang District Phone: 010-8196-4820 Open Hours: 9:30pm-late daily Website: www.2kolegas.com Map of 2 Kolegas Bar
Opened by two music-crazy friends from western China who were lured to Beijing by its comparatively thriving music scene, this bar is a great place to hear underground rock and punk acts at ear-blistering volumes.
13 Club (13俱乐部)
Address: 161 Lanqiying (west side of Chengfu Lu, at Liaqiying East bus stop, look for the neon 13 light), Haidian District Phone: 010-8262-8077 Open Hours: 8pm-2am daily
13 Club is a student venue that leans heavily in the direction of serious punk. The very basic decor,consisting of cement floors and heavily graffiti-covered walls, proves it’s all about the music, since there’s precious little else to look at. With everything from death metal and rock to punk and ska, the 13 Club is the place to find the real heart of the metal scene.
CD Jazz Café (Sen di Jue shi，森帝爵士)
Address:16 Dongsanhuan Bei Lu,(beside the Agricultural Exhibition Hall), Dongsanhuan Bei Lu, Chaoyang District Phone: 010-6506-8288 Open Hours: 3pm- late daily
Beijing’s only dedicated jazz venue.
Icehouse (Ku Bing)
Address: 53 Donganmen Dajie, connected to RBL by an underground passageway Phone: 010-6522-1389 Open Hours: 6pm to 2am
Set in a warehouse that once stored the ice for the Forbidden City, Icehouse is the "B" in RBL(classy, modern sushi bar, RBL stands for Restaurant Bar Lounge). Currently, a respectable blues band from Australia headlines, and the proprietors are hoping to attract top international acts.
Address:Building 14, Area 1, Anhuili, Yayuncun(walk 200m north from the T-intersection with Yayuncun Hospital at the corner), Houhai Phone: 010-6489-1613 Open Hours: 8pm-late daily
This well-hidden venue is in one of the larger pubs in town with two levels and a decent size stage. The cover charge- usually around RMB30-includes a beer and the music is usually heavy rock. Decorated in a rather obscure camouflage theme this is a favorite with the Chinese punk crowd.
New Get Lucky
Address: A1 Xingba Lu, Nuren Jie, Chaoyang District Phone: 010-8448-3335
A large dance floor full of young things gyrating to hip-hop beats make your chances of getting lucky pretty decent.
Address: 43 Sanlitun Beijie (100m west of Sanlitun North Bar street, Youyi Youth Hostel, behind Poachers Inn), Chaoyang District Phone: 010-6415-1954 Transportation: Subway Line 2 at DongSiShiTiao Open Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-late; Sun 1pm-late Website: www.treebeijing.com Map of The Tree Bar
The Tree has a great selection of beers and some of the best wood-fired pizzas in Beijing. The music is incidental to the business of drinking, but the occasional act impresses. A cover band usually plays on weekends.
Address: 72 Bei Chang Jie (north of the West Gate of the Forbidden City),Xicheng District Phone: 139-1020-9249; 133-4112-2757 Transportation: Subway Line1 at Tiananmen Xi Open Hours: 3pm-midnight Mon-Thru; 3pm-2am Fri-Sun
Just to the west of the Forbidden City, the grammatically challenged What?Bar has a capacity of about 15. With three small tables, a tiny bar and a stage that forces a three piece to sit on each other’s laps, cozy is an understatement. But with a mixture of jazz or blues and some very amateur rock, it’s an interesting place in which to catch a glimpse of the underbelly of the Beijing music scene. The improvised jam sessions are great fun.
Address: 242 Chengfu Lu (two doors west of 13 Club), Haidian District 海淀区成府路242号 Phone: 010-6265-3177 Open Hours: Daily 6pm-2am, closed Monday; Movies shown Wed-Thu 7-10pm
Located in the university district, D-22 provides a venue for new and experimental music in Beijing. The club is dedicated to providing a platform for local artists, and most of the employees are musicians or filmmakers. Also screens films every Wednesday and Thursday evening.
The Star Live 星光现场
Address: 3/F, Tango, 79 Heping Xijie (50m north of Yonghegong subway station), Dongcheng District 东城区和平西街79号糖果三层（雍和宫桥路北50米） Phone: 010-6425-5677, 010- 6426-0211 Transportation: Subway Line 2 or 5 at Yonghegong Open Hours: Daily 6.30pm-late Website: www.thestarlive.com
The cool music acts(Ziggy Marley, The Roots, Sonic Youth) are finally coming to Beijing, and they seem to like playing at The Star Live. This place is nothing like thumping, downstairs neighbor Tango (a dance club, 010-6428-2288, music ranges from hip-hop to electronica), rather, it is small and intimate, with excellent acoustics.
MAO Live House 光芒
Address:111 Gulou Dongdajie, right behind Nanluoguxiang and just east of the Drum Tower, Dongcheng District 鼓楼东大 街111号 Phone: 010-6402-5080 Website: www.maolive.com
Opened in February 2007, this 500-capacity live music venue is backed by Japanese label Bad News, home of local punk band Brain Failure. Plenty of aspiring punk rocksters have already become loyal fans, to both the band and the bar.
East Shore live Jazz Cafe 东岸咖啡
Address: 2/F, 2 Qianhai Nanyanlu (just to the west of the post office on Dianmen Waidajie), Xicheng District Phone: 10-8403-2131 Open Hours: Daily 11am-late
Opened by legendary jazzman Liu Yuan - ex-manager of CD Jazz Cafe, the stylish interior of East Shore is hidden behind a non-descript exterior. Featuring live jazz from Thursday to Sunday, go there for the music, the vibe and the panoramic views of Qianhai. Drinks are priced as elsewhere in Houhai.
It may be a hotel bar but it's Beijing's classiest bar where you can guarantee to find a crowd and, quite possibly, visiting rock stars, government ministers and Chinese film directors. A giant bar, spacious lounging areas, a stage, a private room, wine cellars – the Kerry Centre's bar is well-designed and branded right down to the carpets, but far from being oppressive and overdone, Centro is a surprisingly comfortable spot to down a drink and do your best Cary Grant impression. Nightly live jazz performances. Now boasting two happy hours. Happy hour 5-8pm daily.
Address: 2 Changan Jie Xi, West of the Great Hall of the People, Tiananmen Square, Dongcheng District Phone: 010-6606-4707 Transportation: Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen Xi (exit C) Website(Chinese only): www.chncpa.org/n16/index.html
Beijing's National Centre for the Performing Arts (Chinese: 国家大剧院, formerly known as the National Grand Theatre, nicknamed the "egg"), which opened in December 2007 after three years of delay, is designed to be China's foremost cultural center. The $400 million Complex, one of the most talked-about and controversial architectural projects for years, is an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake and sits in stark contrast next to the monolithic, 1950s Soviet-style Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square. Designed by French architect Paul Andreu, the 149,500 square metre (37 acre) building has a 2398-seat opera house, a 2,019-seat concert hall with pipe organ and a 1,035-seat theatre for plays, with competitively priced tickets.
Address: 43 Baojiajie, Xicheng district, Beijing Phone: 010-6641-2585, 010-6641-9936 Fax: 010-6641-3138 Transportation: Subway Line 1 or 2 at Fuxingmen Tickets: RMB50-RMB600 Website(Chinese only): www.ccom.edu.cn Concert Hall of CCM: concerthall.ccom.edu.cn
The concert hall of Central Conservatory of Music was historically known as the birthplace of Emperor GuangXu (Kuang-hsu, 光绪) of the Qing Dynasty. Today, the no-frills concert hall of the best music conservatory in China hosts regular concerts from a number of international guests, established Chinese musicians playing both Chinese and Western instruments, and students. The past musicians included Yehudi Menuhin, Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Seiji Ozawa, Zubin Mehta and Carles Dutoit; and the orchestras included the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, the French National Symphony Orchestra and the Israel philharmonic Orchestra. It’s the ideal venue for a quick classical fix and you might spot a new virtuoso.
The Central Conservatory of Music is also the home of the EOS orchestra. (010-6641-2017, eos.ccom.edu. cn, a youth orchestra as an intensive three-year training programme for orchestral, not solo music. And intensive it is; EOS concentrates on ‘all Mozart’, or ‘all Beethoven’ programmes)
Beijing Concert Hall (Beijing Yinyue Ting, 北京音乐厅)
Address: 1 Bei Xinhua Jie, Xicheng District, Beijing Phone: 010-6605-5812/7006 Transportation: Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen Xi
This elaborate concert hall has nightly performances of classical Chinese music plus international repertories including Western Classical music. The venue is the home of the China National Symphony Orchestra.
Address: In Zhongshan Park, Xichangan Jie, on the west side of Tiananmen Square, Xicheng District, Beijing Phone: 010-6559-8285 Transportation: Subway Line 1 at Tiananmen Xi Website(Chinese only): www.fcchbj.com
Located on the eastern side of Zhongshan Park, this is the most central venue for performances of classical and traditional Chinese music. The annual Christmas performance of George Frederic Handel's Messiah draws a loyal crowd (www. beijingifc.org). There are also occasional opera performances. Tickets can be purchased at the concert hall box office inside the Friendship Store.
Poly Plaza International Theater (Baoli Dasha Guoji Juyuan, 保利大厦国际剧院)
Address: 1/F Poly Plaza, 14 Dongzhimen Nandajie, Dongcheng Disttrict, Beijing Phone: 010-6506-5343; 010-6500-1188,ext. 5127 Transportation: Subway Line 2 at Dongsishitiao
Located in the Poly Plaza right by Dongsishitiao subway station, the Poly hosts a wide range of performances including ballet, classical music, opera and traditional Chinese folk music. If you're seeking a performance in English, this is your best bet.
Century Theatre 世纪剧院
Address: 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, Chaoyang District Phone: 010-6466-4805
Musical presentations here are perhaps smaller in scale than those at other venues - they feature smaller orchestras and solo performances where the violin, cello and flute get centre stage. Ballet performances are also presented.
The China Conservatory of Music (Chinese: 中国音乐学院; also called China Conservatory, Chinese Conservatory of Music, or China College of Music) is a music conservatory in Beijing, China. It was established in 1964. The China Conservatory of Music should not be confused with the Central Conservatory of Music, which is also located in Beijing. Whereas the China Conservatory of Music keeps its ears tuned to primarily traditional Chinese music and traditional Chinese musical instruments, the Central Conservatory of Music is geared toward Western classical music.