travel with purpose
COLLiDE Travel is an interactive collection of city guides curated by local bands, artists and tastemakers. Spanning the globe, hundreds of creatives have shared their favorite local hangs, from the underground to the upscale, and everything in between. So choose a city and start exploring!
Beijing, CN

“Beijing will always be the center of China’s pop and underground music. It’s easy to meet the country’s best musicians here, and people are really passionate about new music and nightlife. Rock is still the biggest, but underground electronic is coming up quickly as well. Lots of super young producers have started stepping into the club scene and making their own sounds.” — Howie Lee

Curated by: Birdstriking, Carsick Cars, Chui Wan, Howie Lee, Nova Heart, SHAO, The Eat

city guide:
Beijing, CN
shopping
11th Street Records

Located downtown, this hole in the wall record store offers up a ton of nostalgia and a great collection of reasonably price records.

11th Street Records, Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV, United States
venue
Lantern Club
Underground club for electronic music lovers run by Beijing's own Acupuncture Records.
33 San Li Tun Lu, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100027
Recommended by
bar
Dada
One of Beijing's best clubs for everything alternative and electronic. Count on DJ dance parties and electronic acts on the weekends along with cinema nights, vintage markets, art and culture events during the week. Winner of TImeOut Beijing's Best Alternative Club 2016 and 2015.
206 Gu Lou Dong Da Jie, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
Recommended by
bar
Mai Bar
A cozy bar with an extensive cocktail menu and old-school jazz playing in the background. A popular mainstay in the Gulou neighborhood, Mai also features bar snacks (and free refills).
40 Bei Luo Gu Xiang, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
Recommended by
bar
SOS
An alleyway rooftop bar on a nameless street in Gulou. Bar in the front, beer fridges in the back, and an eclectic selection of music helmed by bar owner Wang Ziheng. Expect everything from avant-garde Classical and jazz, to Japanese psychedelic rock and more. There's also a selection of whisky, house-made sangria, and light bites.
77 Xiao Jing Chang Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
Recommended by
venue
School Bar
Bar and live venue for rock n roll acts.
53 Wu Dao Ying Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
bar
Slow Boat Brewery
Founded in 2001, and counted among one of Beijing's first craft breweries, Slow Boat brews all year-round and has a wide selection of IPAs and ales to choose from.
56 Dong Si Ba Tiao, DongSi, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Recommended by
bar
Panda Brew Pub
Two-story brewery and pub with locally crafted beers and small bites.
4 Dong Si Bei Da Jie, DongZhiMen, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Recommended by
outdoors
Beihai Park
With a rich history spanning more than a millennia, Beihai Park was formerly an imperial garden, and today serves as a public space filled with gorgeous hills and green all around. Located to the northwest of the Forbidden City.
1 Wen Jin Jie, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
bar
Jing-A Brewing Co.
Microbrewery founded in 2012. Jing-A offers seasonal and experimental beers, as well as pub fare and weekend brunch.
Chaoyang, Beijing, China
Recommended by
venue
MAO Livehouse
Music lovers take note--MAO Livehouse is one of the best spots in Beijing to see local and foreign acts ranging from rock, punk, metal, and hardcore.
Chong Qing Nan Lu 169 Long 7 Hao, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200025
Recommended by
venue
Dusk Dawn Club (DDC)
Small venue and bar in a renovated courtyard with trees, stone and tile flooring, and a glass roof with lantern-style lights.
Upstairs features small patios and tables for savoring one of their craft brews or selection of single malt whiskies. Stick around for the music that ranges from jazz, folk and indie rock.
14 Shan Lao Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Recommended by
coffee
Zarah Cafe
Inviting cafe, restaurant, event space, lounge, and art gallery with a beautiful courtyard and terrace located in the centre of Beijing. Try their unbeatable coffee and european and Chinese inspired bites. Locals are particularly fond of their European brunch offerings.
42 Gu Lou Dong Da Jie, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Recommended by
coffee
Alba Cafe
Offering sandwhiches, desserts, and cocktails. ! Relax with a drink and take in the view on the rooftop.
70 Gu Lou Dong Da Jie, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Recommended by
coffee
Soloist Coffee
Specialty beans roasted in-house and homemade desserts! 
39 Yang Mei Zhu Xie Jie, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100051
Recommended by
shopping
Fruityshop
Record shop with a wide selection of LPs ranging from jazz, pop and rock (’60s - ’90s), soundtracks, blues, country, bluegrass, ambient, and experimental. Mostly retro, used vinyl with a dash of the new and modern.
17 Min Wang Nan Hu Tong, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100013
Recommended by
shopping
Indie Music
Rock, metal, hip-hop and more, this record shop offers an array of LPs and CDs spanning across genres, from the mainstream to the underground.
17 Gu Lou Xi Da Jie, ShiChaHai, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
Recommended by
shopping
Echo Inc.
Record shop with its own DJ booth available to those who want to showcase the music that they love.
34 Jiao Dao Kou Bei San Tiao, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
Recommended by
outdoors
Jingshan Park
Formerly a private imperial garden attached to the grounds of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's. The artificial hill Jingshan, is the highest point in Beijing, and at its peak offers breathtaking views of the Forbidden City directly north.
44 Jing Shan Xi Jie, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100009
shopping
Feige Vintage Fair
Vintagemarket with hundreds of vendors!
69 Fu Xing Lu, WuKeSong, Haidian Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100039
Recommended by
venue
SOTX
SOTX (Sound of the Xity) is China's answer to SXSW in Austin, Texas. Week-long festival and international music industry expo.
3 Zhang Zi Zhong Lu, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100007
Recommended by
bar
Yugong Yishan
Bar with Beijing's most rock and roll bathroom. Showcasing local and international acts in genres as diverse as punk (Gang of Four) and hip-hop (Madlib).
Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Recommended by
related