Beijing Nightlife Guide

Jazz Clubs in Beijing

East Shore Live Jazz Cafe
East Shore Live Jazz Cafe, Beijing East Shore Live Jazz Cafe is a classy yet down-to-earth jazz bar with panoramic views of Qianhai Lake.
The interior, decked out in dark wood, is very stylish, but the lights are so dim at night that it’s hard to make it out. Of course the darkness inside makes the view of the lake all the more impressive. And the price of soaking up this rich atmosphere is similar to what you’ll pay in any dumpy Houhai bar: beers are ¥20-30, spirits are ¥25-40 (there’s an especially good range of whisky and gin on offer) and cocktails are ¥35-40. Live jazz performances take place from Thursday to Sunday from 9:30pm. At these times the bar can get very busy so if you want a table with a view of the band then it’s best to make a reservation. The only downside to the East Shore Live Jazz Cafe is the indifferent service.
Address: 2 Qianhai Nanyan Ph. (010) 8403 2131 Open: 15:00-2:00
Directions: East Shore Live Jazz Cafe is in the south-east shore of Qianhai Lake.
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CD Jazz Club
CD Blues Cafe and Bar, Beijing CD Blues Cafe and Bar is a small and down-to-earth jazz club of the variety you can expect to find the world over.
The bar is furnished with simple, wooden tables while the dark walls are adorned with pictures of famous jazz musicians and various instruments are displayed around the place. The layout allows for an intimate atmosphere when there’s live jazz happening. Concerts at CD Blues Cafe and Bar are held Thursday-Saturday from 9pm and it’s a good idea to reserve a table for these events. Drinks are reasonably priced with bottled beer from ¥20-30 and cocktails starting at ¥25. There is also a quality selection of whisky on the menu. The service at CD Blues Bar could be a little more attentive but otherwise this is a fine venue for jazz fans or anyone looking to drink in a relaxing, earthy place.
Ph. (010) 6506 8288 Open: 16:00-late
Address: 16 Dongsanhuan Lu Subway: Agricultural Exhibition Center
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Centro
Centro, Beijing A sprawling hotel bar, Centro, unlike most hotel bars, is actually quite a nice place to have a few drinks.
The golden walls matched with red couches create a pleasing aesthetic effect, helping to create a traditional Chinese feel in what is otherwise a Western-style bar. Prices are fairly standard for this sort of bar with cocktails and spirits and starting at ¥50. Meanwhile, wine connoisseurs are attracted by Centro’s extensive selection. The service at Centro is excellent and, pleasingly, not in the least bit haughty. Live jazz music almost every night adds to the hip vibe. Centro is a great place for talking business by day, unwinding with a few drinks at night, or for being seen.
Ph. (010) 6561 8833 Open: 24 Hours
Address: 1 Guanghua Lu (in the Kerry Center Hotel) Subway: Guomao
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