VA Bar (Vanguard)

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Wudaoying Hutong
VA Bar (Vanguard)

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published on 27 Sep 2011

The single-room bar inside features a stage at the back, a bar running along one side of the venue, and plenty of comfortable sofas to relax on while listening to the music, all bathed in deep red lighting. While primarily a jazz venue, VA Bar features different bands almost every night of the week, showcasing the variety that Beijing has to offer.

With 20RMB Tsingtao, cocktails at around 40RMB, and a small but classy wine list, this intimate hutong hangout won’t break the bank, and works as a great after-dinner drinks venue. The volume of the band on stage fills the whole bar – unsurprising considering its size – so if conversation is your thing then maybe check out a different place.

If it’s the music that’s attracting you, expect to be quietly impressed – VA Bar doesn't featuring cheesy cover bands or crooning KTV egotists, but a selection of the city’s finest jazz musicians. A hutong jazz club already sounds self-consciously ‘cool’, but allay those fears and concentrate on soaking up the atmosphere, and VA Bar becomes a great venue.

Ross Goulding



Telephone 5844 3638

English address 13 Wudaoying Hutong, Dongcheng district

Chinese address 东城区五道营胡同13号

Events at VA Bar (Vanguard)

Mon 31 Mar - Mon 23 Jun (Every Monday)

Come listen to live jazz or come perform your own jazz music at VA on Mondays

Tue 01 Apr - Tue 24 Jun (Every Tuesday)

A free music event on Tuesdays featuring local Beijing artists

Wed 02 Apr - Wed 25 Jun (Every Wednesday)

Aspiring performers and karaoke lovers can take the mic every Wednesday

Sun 06 Apr - Sun 29 Jun (Every Sunday)

Come enjoy the tribute band, Beatloves cover classic Beatles hits on Sundays

Fri 25 Apr

Two bands offer up a night of Blues Rock and Roll

Sat 31 May

See Bu Yao! live as they celebrate the release of their CD



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