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)

Sun 03 Aug - Sun 26 Oct (Every Sunday)

VA Bar throw a special Beatles-themed night on Sundays

Mon 04 Aug - Mon 27 Oct (Every Monday)

VA bar host a smooth evening of jazz every Monday

Tue 05 Aug - Tue 28 Oct (Every Tuesday)

An evening of guitar music performed by Beijing local artists

Wed 06 Aug - Wed 22 Oct (Every Wednesday)

VA Bar host an all-welcome musical open mic every Wednesday

Thu 23 Oct

Compositions by American sax player Joe Henderson

Fri 24 Oct

Rock and pop

Sat 25 Oct

Music fusing traditional Chinese and modern influences

Sat 25 Oct

Poetic fusion rock


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