Hong Kong’s best jazz venues
1563 provides a huge, luscious space in Wan Chai offering up delicious fare and more importantly, heaps of live music. They're not limited to just jazz but they have loads of nights focussed on the genre, just hit up their website to see when the next jazz band is playing.
Formerly Orange Peel – a cracking venue in its own right – this re-imagining hopes to establish BB as the premier jazz venue in town. Exclusivity is the name of the game here. BB is a members’ only lounge that costs a cool $80,000 to join – though you get that back in ‘consumables’. Still, if you’ve got the spare cash you’ll get your money’s worth by being able to enjoy live jazz in some of the most comfortable surrounds in Hong Kong.
The Grand Hyatt’s Champagne Bar might not be new or hip but it does dole out classic charm in spades. The intimate lounge is an art deco throwback, studded with chevron and sunburst detailing. It’s velvety dark in mood and lighting – a shadow away from an Edward Hopper painting. Making this decadent bar even more special (and worth the extra few quid you’ll likely spend), it offers live music performances to go with your bubbly.
Elegantly designed, Dada bar stirs enchanting drinks and dishes that tantalise your taste buds and imagination. But what we’re most interested is their live jazz offerings every Friday from 9.30pm and Saturday from 10pm, both of which rank among the best in the city.
There are numerous venues in town vying to capture the speakeasy cool that personifies the Jazz Age and the sense of a night out being a real ‘event’, but few pull it off as well as Foxglove. They have live events that run a gamut of genres, including Latino and world music, but it’s the jazz nights that are always top quality. Keep an eye on their website to see what they have coming up.
A hub for independent art performances, stand-up comedy shows and unique art exhibitions, the Fringe Club is known for its open platform, allowing anyone with creative materials to put on a show. The rooftop garden bar also makes the perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle to enjoy some nibbles and a drink or two. They have jazz events on all the time, so head to their website to keep abreast of what’s coming up.
Hang around at this bar for long enough and you’ll probably pick up a bit of French, the venue proving popular with Hong Kong's Gallic contingent. You’ll also more than likely witness some amazingly intimate live jazz, with musicians performing up close to audiences on Gecko's live music nights every day of the week.
Hidden within the heart of Central (right beneath Jardine House), Grappa's Cellar is an ideal place to rest weary feet, have a hearty Italian meal and take in some live jazz. They have several recurring acts that do the genre serious justice. The best thing to do is check the website and see who's on next and when.
Found inside the InterContinental Hong Kong, The Lobby Lounge showcases a mesmerising panorama of Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island. This makes it one of the best places in the city to take in a cocktail or craft beer while enjoying some live jazz every evening of the week.