First published on 7 Sep 2012. Updated on 9 Dec 2014.
Yugong Yishan takes the top spot for its excellent programming and support of local acts. The venue’s size gives it the clout to pull in the bigger names, but Yugong’s commitment to the local scene never wanes. Its varied programming over the last year, showcasing international acts in genres as diverse as punk (Gang of Four) and hip-hop (Madlib), is head and shoulders above the competition; and it’s just as open-minded with its local bookings. What’s more, the quick, professional bar staff and reasonably-priced drinks mean that even the rare mediocre booking needn’t be suffered sober. Yugong also wins the prize for Beijing’s most rock ’n’ roll bathroom – but that’s another story.
English address 3-2 Zhangzizhong Lu, Dongcheng district
Chinese address 东城区张自忠路3-2号段祺瑞执政府旧址西院
Sat 31 Jan
Innovative industrial folk from IZ, with support from Mekrop, Li Jianhong and Li Tieqiao
Wed 04 Feb
Split Works gear up for JUE Festival with this show featuring Swans
Fri 06 Feb
Yugong holds its yearly reggae festival honoring Bob Marley
Sat 07 Feb
The Swedish death metal band plays Yugong