Live music bars in Hong Kong

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Bars, Live music and drinks

When it comes to live music and hanging out, the raucous bars and clubs of Lan Kwai Fong often dominate any discussion of things to do. However, when night falls in Hong Kong, there’s much more to the city’s nightlife scene than that. If you want to sip a drink and tap your feet to the rhythm of some live music, you’re in the right place. Multiple venues that cater to all tastes are selected here. There is regular live music nights, events and more!

The Wanch – 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai. 

The Wanch is a historic, friendly, hassle-free, international and unpretentious Live music club with high quality service and a wide variety of free live music.

Offering live music all week long with zero cover charge, The Wanch has been delighting music fans in Hong Kong for more than 30 years. Any night is worthwhile here.

Yet, we suggest catching the acoustic happy hour!  It typically runs Monday to Friday from 6pm to 8pm.

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Studio Club Live music – On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central.

Chic live music lounge pouring champagne & cocktails, with a resident Latin jazz band.

This elegant live music venue in Central offers an eclectic mix of live jazz, Latin music, singer-songwriters and DJ lounge sets. Wednesday evening entertainment comes courtesy of the Alonso Gonzalez Jazz Latin Quintet, and both local and international guest artists are also regularly booked to perform.

Sit back and enjoy the music with one of their superb handcrafted cocktails and a variety of small bar plates, including Norwegian king salmon and chicken karaage. Studio Club is a high-class venue with high-class music.

1563 at the East – 6/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road Central, Wan Chai.

Carries its name after a common Canto-pop chord progression, 1563 is a live house and restaurant in Hopewell Centre with awesome acoustics.

Welcoming both local and international talents, it hosts performances almost every day with a programme of open mic nights, dinner & music pairings, and genre spotlight shows. This live house and restaurant was opened in Wan Chai’s Hopewell Centre last year.

It was done so by one of the co-founders of the much-missed Central live music venue Backstage Live. The venue provides a stage for upcoming Hong Kong musicians and more established international performers. There is a focus on pop, and its well-designed acoustics have impressed more discerning listeners.

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Aux – Basement, 152 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui. 

The “Aux” name refers to both the symbolic ‘aux cable’ and its address on Austin Road.

It combines a meats-based menu with original cocktails and some of the scene’s more underground DJs and bands. The venue is by the same team as hip Prince Edward watering hole bound by Hollywood.

There’s a clear and deserved food-first focus going on here. Indeed, the place also serves tasty dishes. Having said that, the space has already hosted a wide range of acts already, including the Red Stripes, Canto-city pop and funk DJ, Mansai, as well as Ni Ne Mo lead vocalist Tedman Lee.

Fringe Club – Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central.

This Hong Kong institution deserves more attention. When it comes to live music, it ought to be more famous. The late 19th-century historical building has a wonderful atmosphere.

It also has given many a budding Hong Kong band a boost on their road to stardom. Jazz tends to dominate the Fringe’s live music calendar, but there’s more! You can also catch pop, indie and world-music bands gracing its stage.

It is a hub for independent art performances. But also stand-up comedy shows and unique art exhibitions! Furthermore, the Fringe Club is known for its open platform, allowing anyone with creative materials to put on a show. The bar at the rooftop garden also makes the perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle to enjoy some nibbles and a drink or two.

The venue hosts jazz events all the time so head to the website to keep abreast of what’s coming up.

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Photos: TheloophkNattel.

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