One of the first names as far as live houses on anybody's mind in terms of chill out live houses is likely The Wanch. Located in the heart of Wan Chai, the Wanch has been host to great local and international, professional and amateur.
One of Hong Kong's veritable live institutions, Hidden Agenda, was reborn December 2016 in its fourth iteration, now featuring not only the best in local and international rock, but also a wide selection of food and beverages throughout the day.
The sister venue of Central’s iconic Peel Fresco, which has been a mainstay of the scene since opening back in 2007, comes from the mind of legendary local live music advocate and entrepreneur Joyce Peng. Orange Peel is Lan Kwai Fong for grownups, personified with a mainly jazz-based line-up of live music six days a week.
Hong Kong's hub for independent art performances, stand-up comedy shows and unqiue art exhbitions, the Fringe Club is known for its open platform, allowing anyone with creative materials to put on a show. Built in 1892 as a cold storage factory, the iconic red and white bricked building is now one of the most vibrant art spaces in Hong Kong. In its time, the Fringe Club has presented almost 30 festivals, thousands of art exhibitions and over 8000 stage performances. Located next to Lan Kwan Fong, the rooftop garden bar also makes the perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle to enjoy some nibbles and a drink or two.
Known initially as Orange Peel's sister venue, Peel Fresco has come into its own as a mainstay in Hong Kong's music scene, consistently and intimate space and mecca for Hong Kong's best jazz musicians. Though the venue is known for its fantastic Sunday jam sessions hosted by Wong Way Down, Peel Fresco hosts all manner of music events with small ensembles with big sounds
Hopewell Centre's newest restaurant-cum-entertainment-venue is Backstage Live's renaissance, with indie scene mainstay Vicky Fung behind this latest project. The live house offers a relaxed dining experience, and nightly gigs featuring our indie scene's best.
Not to be confused with the hip Central salon, Attic in Kwun Tong is a live house in every traditional sense. Located among the Kwun Tong industral spaces, the room has space for a stage and for a rocking crowd and hosts some of the most happening gigs on the other side of the harbour.
Causeway Bay has never been more of a hotspot, especially with 2016's addition of Focal Fair, dedicated to showcasing the same kind of briliant rock talent present at Hidden Agenda and The Wanch. Known especially for their indie regular nights, particularly the family of bands that regularly feature on Focal Fair's Sweaty and Cramped series of shows, Focal Fair is well worth the trip.
The first venue of its kind in Hong Kong, the Indonesian restaurant sports a not-so-hidden enclosure for the selective ear to regularly come and listen to anything that's been recorded on vinyl. Regular nights curated by hosts of Hong Kong and international DJs showcase a wide variety of selections, so any night becomes a one-of-a-kind listening experience.
Only until recently a ticketing platform, Putyourselfin is a welcome addition to Hong Kong's live scene amidst the mass of F&B-live house fusion offerings in our city. The venue, currently mainly known for their monthly In The Room gigs, feature an intimate setting with acoustic sets showcasing the burgeoning musicalities of Hong Kong's indie royalty.