Let’s face it, we all love a night out, but you find yourself in need of an occasional break from the monotonous music and aren’t sure where to go, fret not? Sure, there’s no shortage of bars and clubs to check out in Hong Kong, So why not do in in style with a night of jazz and live music? Here is a roundup of a few of our favourite HK jazz bars of the moment.
1. Visage One
Imagine sitting in a jazz musician’s smoky living room as he strums a few chords on the guitar. Sinking lethargically back into his chair, he starts playing for real and the music surges around you. This is the vibe at Visage One, a hair salon by day and a speakeasy jazz and blues bar by night. It is so small and intimate, there is no separation between performer and audience.
Add: Visage One, LG/F, Po Lung Building, 93 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: 00852 2523 8988
2. Fringe Club
Home of the annual Fringe Festival, the Fringe Club runs visual arts exhibitions and a theatre. It also shares what used to be the Old Dairy Farm Depot with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club. The brick and stucco low-rise structure was built in 1892 and was used as a cold-storage warehouse for ice and dairy products in the days before refrigerators were ubiquitous household appliances.
The club promotes local artists and cultural heritage in Hong Kong. Drop in to enjoy a beverage or a bite to eat on the roof garden of the historic building, and catch up on what’s happening in Hong Kong’s vibrant arts scene.
Add: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: 00852 2521 7251
Just down the road from the Fringe Club is a different proposition entirely. Bert’s, in the basement of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club, bills itself as Hong Kong’s only “true” jazz venue. Named for the late Bert Okuley, former FCC prez and a distinguished jazz piano player himself, Bert’s features live jazz several nights a week, with a house band led by Allen Youngblood. There’s also an impressive roster of international performers who drop in, too, so you know your membership fee is going to more than one good cause.
Add: Bert’s, B/F, Foreign Correspondents Club, North Block, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2521 1511
Opened by Dining Concepts in collaboration with American celeb chef Mario Batali, Lupa is a lovely and sprawling space complete with dark wood floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, an impressive wine cellar and two outdoor terraces. It’s also a jazz venue with a rotating roster of jazz nights featuring local and international talent. Call ahead to check the schedule, but if you like dinner with your show, Lupa’s the place.
Add: Lupa by Mario Batali, 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2796 6500
5. Blue Bar
The Four Season’s lobby bar has everything you want in the lobby bar of a five star hotel – a great drinks list, fancy bar nuts, and the right balance of soft lighting to make it intimate without being sleazy. They also have a really great jazz band that plays – and in lobby bar style, expect the soundtrack to be on the smoother side of things.
Add: Blue Bar, Lobby Level, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 3196 8888
6. Tin Tin Bar
Tin Tin Bar offers an extensive selection of unique mixed drinks and cocktails, single malt whiskys, vodkas, Champagne and signature pomelo cocktails, in a warm and contemporary setting, providing a classy yet relaxed atmosphere for pre- or post-dinner drinks in this cozy bar in Hong Kong.
The bar at Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Sha Tin features a bar counter and lounge seats, four comfortable booths and a private room, while their vocalist performs timeless ballads and swing jazz favourites.
Add: Tin Tin Bar, 4/F, Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin, 18 Chak Cheung St., Sha Tin, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 3723 1234
7. Salon de Ning
This sophisticated entertainment lounge reflects the glamour and style of 1930s Shanghai – the “Paris of the East”. Its look is Art Deco with Chinese and international influences, and guests can enjoy signature speakeasy-style cocktails as well as light fare. A vibrant nightly programme of entertainment includes rotating comedy, entertainment and musical acts served up with humour, verve and a dash of sass. Salon de Ning will leave you amazed and entertained. Private parties and events are also part of its unforgettable repertoire.
Add: Salon de Ning, B/F, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2696-6705
8. Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
Hong Kong’s oldest bar, Ned Kelley’s is a western-style pub that plays live jazz every night.
Old jazz and sports posters line every wall, while framed rugby shirts remind you you’re in an Aussie pub. But a couple of small design features take you back you to Hong Kong though, like the porcelain good luck pig sitting center stage.