UPDATE (JAN 2015): This venue is now closed.
Yue Fu Jazz Club offers a polished experience for creative connoisseurs seeking a grown-up night out. Located on the fifteenth floor of Hotel M in ritzy Dangdai Moma, Yue Fu is divided into a tasting room (basically a nice bar and terrace) and listening space, where for 60RMB a pop you can enjoy local or international jazz.
The compact performance space features a dozen small tables facing the stage and a lounge area in the back, filled with plush-looking sofas and chairs. There’s no arguing with Yue Fu’s ambiance: the candlelit tables and attentive servers all transport you to an alternate universe of subdued swank.
The environment reflects Yue Fu’s deliberate approach to music – this is not the kind of place where jazz serves as background music. Instead, audience members must take a seat, and are asked to keep quiet during the set. That’s not hard, considering how close you are to the stage – a level of intimacy that works better for some acts than others.
What less seasoned bands aren’t able to convey through onstage charisma, they communicate through Yue Fu’s crystal clear sound system, which warms their tones to a golden resonance. Oil up with one of Yue Fu’s excellent 100RMB cocktails (from owner Leon Lee, also of Apothecary), sit back and absorb the beauty and atmosphere of Beijing’s best new jazz club.