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Hong Kong's Best of Stage and Stove

Pair live music with a hearty appetite at these hot venues.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 November, 2015, 4:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 19 October, 2016, 4:53pm

Dada Bar + Lounge

Why it’s worth it
: There’s more than just live music to entice you through the Alice-in Wonderland-esque doors. Every evening from 6:30-9pm, Dada offers a wallet-friendly aperitivo with free-flow drinks (house wine, spirits, beer and soft drinks) and canapés with premium hams, cold cuts and cheese platters for $258 per person. Top off the meal with macarons dunked in the chocolate fountain before staying for an evening of smooth jazz (Thu-Sat, 9pm-1am).
Who’s up next: Friday nights are dedicated to live jazz with Groovy 6.1 playing from 10pm. Music producer and melodica player DJ LëKSs hits the decks every Saturday from 6:30–9pm, followed by singer Sybil Thomas.

Tiffany’s New York Bar
Why it’s worth it: Amid a handful of prohibition-era, speakeasy-style bars in Hong Kong, Tiffany’s remains a firm favorite—a 1920s-themed joint outfitted with comfortable armchairs, polished wood, and an extensive bourbon and scotch menu to make for a memorable night. Live musicians play six nights a week, so sit back and revel in old-school tunes as you sate your appetite with a macho menu of glazed ribs, burgers and BBQ calamari. Feeling fancy? Order a plate of fresh oysters instead and pair it with a glass of Tiffany’s signature matured cask selection whiskeys.
Who’s up next: Head to Tiffany’s on Nov 28 to catch a show-stopping performance by New York jazz diva and Broadway belle Kristen Evelyn Rossi.

The Live House

Why it’s worth it
: The grungy underground Mong Kok music joint serves up fuss-free food with a decent bar menu and has an all-local band line-up. Greasy tidbits such as fried chicken wings, onion rings and cheese fries are rich and flavorful, while more substantial mains like creamy pastas, scotch eggs and ribs are served with a touch of refinement. Don’t miss the epic ice cream-topped chocolate brownie as you rock out to heavy metal and indie rock.
Who’s up next: A mix of amateur and professional bands  hit the stage every Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat.

Tiffin Lounge & Champagne Bar

Why they're worth it
: The Grand Hyatt boasts some of the best hotel F&B outlets in town, with two dining venues dedicated to live jazz and finger foods. With panoramic views over Victoria Harbour, the Tiffin Lounge is a cozy place to indulge in a sweet and savory afternoon tea from the Hyatt’s renowned pastry chefs to the accompaniment of jazz and classical tunes. For an ultra-luxe experience, head to the Champagne Bar instead, where you can wash down caviar, foie gras and oysters with glasses of bubbly as the jazz vocalist croons the best of the songbooks.
Who’s up next: At Champagne Bar, catch jazz duo Jezrael Lucero and Oscar Azahar for happy hour (Mon-Sat 6-8pm), and Portuguese songstress Bianca Adrião (Mon-Sat, 9pm-1am).

Grappa's Cellar
Why it’s worth it: Red-checkered tablecloths to a menu loaded with lasagna and chicken parm give it all the makings of a traditional Italian red sauce joint, with a terrific lineup of live entertainment and local bands. Jazz, comedy and rock acts are a regular feature at Grappa’s, with previous headliners including Georgie Fane, Lee Ritenour, Imogen Heap, British Sea Power and Al Murray The Pub Landlord. Chill out to world-class acts as you feast on fresh pastas, pizzas, sausages and the restaurant’s handmade Italian breads and desserts.
Who’s up next: Catch swing night with big band Stray Katz every first Saturday of the month from 8pm. Free entry.

Why it’s worth it: New on the scene is MyHouse, an all-organic sanctuary that serves as a crossroads for fine wines and music. Boasting an impressive library of vinyl records, MyHouse is a breath of air that supplants digital with analog DJs and artificial with natural ingredients. All-organic wines are paired with dishes such as octopus with garlic lemon whipped potato and smoked paprika ($168) and grilled scamorza cheese wrapped in serrano ham ($138). Seven turntables are available for guests to spin their own tunes while feeding their souls—and their stomachs.
Who’s up next: DJs Ashley Beedle on Nov 27 and Dennis Probert & Steve Yau on Dec 5. DJs spin four nights a week.