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

Sat 31 May

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



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