Hong Kong’s best jazz venues

Our pick for the best places in Hong Kong to catch some live jazz
BB Jazz Lounge
© Natalia Segura
By Graham Turner |
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We’re a classy bunch in Hong Kong and there’s no classier genre than jazz (quiet, classical fans, we want a drink with our live music). As such, the 852’s a veritable hub for anyone keen to see any kind of jazz across the genre’s differing sub-genres. Here’s our pick of some of the best around.

RECOMMENDED: Not so keen on jazz? Check out our guide to Hong Kong’s best regular live music nights. Or if you’re looking to start playing yourself, here’s where to buy instruments in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s best jazz venues

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1563 at the East

icon-location-pin Wan Chai

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.

BB Jazz Lounge
© Natalia Segura
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BB Jazz Lounge

icon-location-pin Central

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.

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Bars and pubs

Blue Bar

icon-location-pin Central

Aptly named for it's blue decor and cool feel, Blue Bar sits in the Four Seasons lap of luxury with first class service and harbour views. Jazz nights fall on Friday and Saturday, beginning at 8pm.

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Champagne Bar

icon-location-pin Wan Chai

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.

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Dada Bar + Lounge

icon-location-pin Tsim Sha Tsui

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. 

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Foxglove

icon-location-pin Central

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.

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Fringe Club

icon-location-pin Central

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.

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Gecko IB Whisky & Live Jazz

icon-location-pin Central

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.

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Restaurants

Grappa's Cellar

icon-location-pin Central

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.

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Lobby Lounge

icon-location-pin Tsim Sha Tsui

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.

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