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.
Hong Kong’s best jazz venues
Formerly Orange Peel – a cracking venue in its own right – this re-imagining hopes to establish BB as the premier jazz venue in town. Although we had mixed feeling about the place when it first opened, it’s since lifted its members-only policy and become one of Hong Kong’s most reliable venues to enjoy a good night of music. The heavily art deco-inspired venue hosts a jazzy happy hour with a resident band playing every night, as well as local and international jazz acts.
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. This spot hosts live events that run a gamut of genres, including Latino and world music, but it’s the jazz nights that are always top quality.
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 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.
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.
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.
A place with one of the best house bands in all Hong Kong, Ned Kelly’s has attained legendary status for it’s fun, no frills, unfussy atmosphere. With a live show that takes in a load of jazz and blues classics – presented with the kind of old-school flair that you don’t often see any more (you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a grown man play a tea pot as an instrument) – this is one of the best nights out, jazz or otherwise, you can have in Hong Kong.
Renowned as one of Hong Kong’s best live music venues, Peel Fresco has a constant stream of talented jazz musicians taking to the stage all the time. It also hosts many open jam sessions, which often turn into some of the most dynamic jazz nights around. The venue is open from 6pm into the wee hours of the morning and there are performances every day, except for two Mondays a month. Get in early and watch the action unfold.