Waiting for Godot (formerly Beetle in a Box)

  • Nightlife
  • Nightlife
24 Jiaodaokou Dong Dajie

This dimly lit café and bar offers some of the coolest and most eclectic digital collections in town. Besides the cheap coffee, a section of the shop sells self-compressed CDs featuring stuff like the discography of Tom Waits, avant-guard films of Guy Ernest Debord, experimental theatre from the early 20th Century and the complete collections of King Crimson and Liu Sola – all for a price of 10-20RMB.

The shop owners also sell self-designed notebooks, as well as hard-to-find vinyl recordings of oldies (Japanese pop and 1970s mandopop) priced at 30-50RMB. You can expect to run into some intellectual types discussing politics and social issues in their own fashion. It’s like a French café of the 60s reimagined in Beijing - with piracy.

One of Beijing's most unusual bars!

Venue name: Waiting for Godot (formerly Beetle in a Box)
Opening hours: 10am-1am daily
English address: Building 4, 24 Jiaodaokou Dong Dajie, Dongcheng district
Chinese address: 东城区交道口东大街4号楼24号
  • 4 out of 5 stars