The Tonno opens doors for fun to suit all types of taste
To Hong Kong's partygoers, Wan Chai is the place to get wasted while Central is the place for clubs and lounges - the usual higher-end stuff. With the opening of The Tonno, a 35,000 square feet, three-floor entertainment complex, could things be changing?
Last Thursday night was the launch party, and a diverse crowd - overseas-raised Chinese, journalists from the English media, expats, and those older, local socialites whose faces you recognise even if you don't know their names or what they do - packed the venue. There was something for everyone, as founder Steven Lo Kit-sing, who owns restaurants and manages the South China soccer team, has filled The Tonno with a stage for live bands, a club dance floor, 31 high-scale karaoke rooms and even a Shanghainese restaurant.
While posh clubs and lounges in Hong Kong are, to be honest, a dime a dozen, The Tonno's focus on providing quality, Las Vegas-style cover bands, is intriguing. This past weekend the venue boasted an Elton John cover band and this coming weekend it will see a Paul McCartney cover band.