Located in the courtyard fronting the former residence of Chinese-warlord-turned-premier Duan Quirui, Yugong Yishan is a mid-sized venue—it can pack in more than 500 people—that features a wide range of music. Blues, jazz, funk, punk, folk, rock, electronic and traditional—you name it and Yugong Yishan has hosted it. The lineup has included visiting acts like The Buzzcocks, Regurgitator, Nils Landgren, and Kid Koala, and local ones like Snapline, Carsick Cars, P.K.14, and Pet Conspiracy.
The venue is long and narrow, with the bar at one end (I suggest sticking to beer) and the stage at the other, with a large space in between for customers. The toilets can be a bit dodgy, and this place isn't the easiest to find given it is fairly isolated and has minimal signage, but in terms live music, it ranks up there with the best in Beijing.