There’s no feeling quite like listening to live music in the late hours, drink in hand. From speakeasy jazz bars to indie rock clubs, here are all the best places to savor some live tunes in Hong Kong.
Almost five decades old, Ned Kelly’s is Hong Kong’s oldest surviving bar, offering live jazz performances nightly. It was named after a legendary Australian outlaw, Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly, and is decorated with jazz and sports paraphernalia. Famous entertainers such as Matt Monro and Rosemary Clooney have graced the stage here. Nowadays, resident band is the Dixieland jazz band China Coast Jazzmen, and they play five nights a week.
One of Hong Kong’s most venerated local arts institutions, the Fringe Club is a nonprofit housed in a heritage Victoria building constructed circa 1892. They host live music performances several times a week featuring all genres — ranging from a cappella to jazz to classical and pop rock. Tickets are usually between $150 and $180. Find their schedule and ticket information here.
This indie music venue is conveniently located in Causeway Bay, right next to the Central Library. There are several gigs a month, in general trending towards rock, punk and hardcore rock. Both local bands and foreign artists have performed here, including Japanese death metal singer Ladybeard and American punk rock band Rancid. Get a taste below.
Situated in a pre-war colonial building on Wellington Street, this two-floor speakeasy features high-ceilinged and distressed leather couches as well as an art gallery on first floor. The music begins at 9pm, but before that feel free to take advantage of the drum set and various instruments upstairs, available for anyone to start an impromptu jam session.
Peel Fresco Music Lounge, Hong Kong | Musicman0088/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons
This bar is one of the best music lounges in the city. It hosts mostly jazz performances, but don’t be surprised to hear some R n’ B, blues, souls and reggae as well. Plus, there are open mic sessions every Tuesday night for those brave enough to share their talents. The intimate, sophisticated space features massive Renaissance paintings adorning the wall and happy hour is daily between 5PM-8:30PM.
This Gatsby-inspired speakeasy is hidden behind a sliding door inside an umbrella shop on Duddell Street. Once you’re in, the beautiful interior is all decadent leather couches and cream lacquered ceiling and custom lights. The cocktails are excellent, as is the live music; expect jazz, blues, soul or funk from Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 PM onwards.