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Tucked into one of the single-story storefronts in the historic Drum and Bell Towers neighborhood, this mid-sized venue is a popular stop for Chinese bands and touring alternative acts. The unfinished, industrial interior feels more organic than a neon-flashing techno dance club. Rudimentary design notwithstanding, MAO Livehouse boasts a state-of-the-art sound system. There's a decent amount of space if you combine the dance floor, outlying walkways, and the small loft. Bands start around 8:30pm nightly. The ever-popular pedestrian shopping area Nanluoguxiang is just around the corner.