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.