Hong Kong's Top 8 Live Music Venues
From jazz, blues and classical music to Cantopop and metalcore—we’ve got you covered, every single day of the week.
No genres are off-limits here: Tuesdays are Jazz Night; Thursdays are Local Hong Kong Talent Nights; Fridays and Saturdays are reserved for Top 40, Pop, R&B, Funk, Rock and Oldies, and their biggest bands to perform; the first Friday of every month is dedicated to Canto Pop; and the first Sunday of every month puts the spotlight on Classical Music. Top non-stop music off with healthy tidbits and a dash of art.
Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun. Flat A-C, 2/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D'Aguilar St., Central, 2812-7177, www.orangepeelhk.com
Get up close and personal with musicians at Visage One: Hair studio by day, jazz and blues bar by night. The intimate venue is tucked away in a hidden alley, making it one of SoHo’s best kept secrets.
$70 at the door, includes one drink. Sat, 8:30-11:30pm. LG/F, Po Lung Building, 93 Hollywood Rd., Central, 2523-8988
Boasting an impressive view of the city’s skyline, French inspired cuisine and bespoke cocktails crafted by a world-renowned bartender, twice a week, the 8,000 square foot space transforms from a casual lunch, afternoon tea and weekend brunch spot to a jazz bar.
Thu and Fri, 8:30pm-late. 21/F, 8 Observatory Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2388-8160, www.maisoneight.com
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Looking for an audience other than family and friends? Look no further than Sense 99: A “secret” hangout for musicians to mingle, jam and perform. They prefer to keep things on the DL because the secret is out and they’re getting more crowded—but its doors remain open to members of the public. Sense 99 features monthly art exhibitions, and this summer, it’ll be hosting a series of workshops by a group of homeschooling parents.
Fri and Sat, 8pm-late. 2-3/F, 99F Wellington St., Central, 9466-4695, www.facebook.com/sense99f
The restaurant keeps a variety of shows going, including regulars such as the Stray Katz big band, who perform the first Saturday night of every month at 8pm, and the Victoria Jazz Band, who perform the first Wednesday of every month at the same time. If the music has gotten you in the mood but you don’t quite know what to do with it, why not dance? The Cellar hosts free dance sessions by HK Swings every Wednesday, including the first Wednesday when the Victoria Jazz Band play.
B/F, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, 2521-2322, www.elgrande.com.hk
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The Live House
Rock out to heavy metal and indie rock performed by an all-local band line-up at this grungy underground Mong Kok music joint. The Live House also serves up a decent bar menu with favorites such as fried chicken wings, onion rings and cheese fries, as well as more substantial mains, including creamy pastas, scotch eggs and ribs.
Mon - Thu 8:30-9:30pm; Fri, Sat 9:30-10:30pm. B/F, 731 Nathan Rd., Mong Kok, 2392-1181, www.facebook.com/TheLiveHouse
Dada Bar + Lounge
A visual feast of contrasting patterns, fabrics and shapes inspired by the Dadaism art movement of the 20th century, the bar is equally pleasing to the ears with its resident jazz band. Dada is located in luxury boutique hotel The Luxe Manor.
Fri and Sat, 10pm-12:45am. 2/F, The Luxe Manor, 39 Kimberley Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3763-8778, www.dadalounge.com.hk
NGO Youth Outreach runs this multipurpose venue to let young people participate in street culture—without its negative influences. Bands that have played here range from those formed by university students to the likes of Twiggy Frostbite and Asking Alexandria. Youth Outreach’s social enterprise, AS Production, provides technical support for performing bands.
Youth Outreach Jockey Club Building, 2 Holy Cross Path, Sai Wan Ho, 2622-2890, www.yo.org.hk/hangout