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 30 May
French prog rock veterans Magma land in Beijing as part of their final world tour
6-14 Jun (Every weekend) , 19-21 Jun (Every Friday,Sunday)
Experience Beijing's change through the eyes of local hutong dwellers
Fri 12 Jun
An evening of 'horseback tunes' from China's north and southwest
Fri 19 Jun
Japan's premiere turntablist, and Ninja Tunes' man in Asia, comes to town heading for YugongYishan
Fri 03 Jul
US slowcore veterans hit China