Have you ever walked into a club or bar in Hong Kong and they’re still playing the same hits from 2012 and you can’t help but want to plug in your headphones? Well, we feel ya, and we know exactly where to go for a remedy. Beyond music to treat your ears, these hot spots offer an alternative to traditional nightclubs, where people can come together, boogey like no one’s watching, and enjoy a cocktail or two (or three, or four, or five)—you get the point. We’ve put together a list of the best nightclubs in Hong Kong to escape to for all you adventurous folks:
Photo courtesy of The Music Room at Potato Head Hong Kong
The Music Room at Potato Head
A unique listening space hidden away inside the Potato Head restaurant, The Music Room is an intimate lounge for those who value quality sound. This suave little gem is perfect for music aficionados who want to sit down and enjoy some custom-made cocktails while the DJ serves up groovy tunes that set the mood just right. The room itself is fitted with a vintage high-fidelity sound system into its walls, which are sound-insulated, so when that door opens, you’re in for a pleasant surprise!
The Music Room at Potato Head, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun
For fans of: Sandy Riviera, Project Pablo, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Horse Meat Disco
Entrance: Mostly free; $300+ if a special guest DJ is playing
Photo courtesy of Minh 宀
One of the city’s most intriguing music venues, 宀 focuses on building a community of audiophiles with carefully-selected acts from Europe, USA, and all pockets of Asia, including Hong Kong’s most loved DJs. With a strict “no photos, no dress code, feel free to feel free” mantra, this 100-capacity venue has disrupted the city’s music scene with a passion for bringing various breeds of electronic music to the Hong Kong crowd. Unlike most clubs, you will find the co-owners on the floor, behind the decks, and at the door, personally curating the space for you to boogey to some banging tunes. Oh, and did we mention their drinks come out of a vending machine?
Mihn 宀, 4/F, 279 Des Voeux Road Central, Sheung Wan | (+852) 9207 4131
For fans of: Hunee, Ben Klock, Soichi Terada, Daphni
Entrance: $100 before midnight and $150 after; ticket prices vary if a special guest DJ is playing
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Photo courtesy of Terrible Baby
Anything but terrible, the Eaton Hotel’s new bar-cum-music room is quickly becoming people’s new go-to spot for music of all genres—house, funk, hip-hop, rock, and more. Beyond their trendy acts and cleverly-themed cocktail menu (that uses sustainably-sourced drinks!), Terrible Baby’s mission is to strengthen the music scene in Kowloon, giving you a much-needed break from the streets of Soho. As if it could get any better, the bar pours over into a spacious garden-like patio with colourful views of the ‘Dark Side’, which will give you a whole new perspective of the emerging, gritty, and authentic Kowloon neighbourhood.
Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Kowloon | (+852) 2710 1866
For fans of: Yaeji, Mick Jenkins, Toro Y Moi, Khraungbin
Entrance: Free; ticket prices vary if a special guest DJ is playing
Photo courtesy of Mudita
Designed to create vivid memories of live music and smoky libations, Mudita is a den where you can revel in the sweet pleasures of contemporary jazz, funk, and deep house. With mixologists stationed in the centre of this dark parlour to make the bar accessible from all sides of the retrofitted space, there is plenty of room to wiggle on the dance floor. You can catch the live band perform soulful renditions of hits on Fridays between 10pm–12am and on Saturdays, bend your knees to the beats belted out by Double Malt Records as they take over the club. Be sure to check out Mudita’s Facebook or Instagram for more of their funky music nights.
Mudita, G/F, 24–30 Ice House Street, Central | (+852) 2810 9902
For fans of: KC & The Sunshine Band, Sade, Joey Negro, Eric Prydz
Entrance: Free; $300 per person if a special guest DJ is playing (with 2 drinks before 12:30AM, with 1 drink after 12:30AM)
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In a covert nook of Soho, through a small door in the wall of a dark alley, is Hong Kong’s original house and techno venue. Oma is a key player in the city’s underground electronic music scene, with local legends playing there on the regular and new talent stirring up a whirlwind every week. Don’t let its small size fool you; the nights are big, the energy is high, and you will be surrounded by a mix of locals and travellers. Give this one a try to experience an authentic and vast musical landscape, courtesy of some real masterminds.
Oma, Lower Basement, 79 Wyndham Street (entrance from Pottinger Street), Central | (+852) 2521 8815
For fans of: Dennis Cruz, Fatima Yamaha, Lee Van Dowski, DJ Koze
Entrance: $100 per person with 1 drink; sometimes free
Photo courtesy of Paper Street
An intriguing combination of a sports lounge and a fight club, Paper Street is your ticket to a night of roaring social upheaval. When the sun goes down, this personal boxing gym transforms into a playground of smooth cocktails with every last Saturday of the month being a special ride on a disco bike through some classic 70s and 80s tracks that will make you let loose. Get funky to the beats and don’t forget to dress the part, as the best-dressed gets $1,000 in beverage credit on the night!
Paper Street, Basement, 22–26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan | (+852) 3590 2296
For fans of: Chaka Khan, CHIC, Sylvester, The Trammps
Entrance: Free; late Friday and Saturday night table minimum charge may apply
Photo courtesy of Social Room
A loft-style space designed to expand and enhance the underground experience, Social Room has two conjoined areas: a relaxed bar area with seating and a large dance floor with a raised stage that is home to many DJs and bands in Hong Kong. The brick walls, vintage leather sofas, and stellar sound system are part and parcel of the experimental soundscapes provided by the talent of the night. Consistently showcasing Hong Kong’s up-and-coming musical geniuses, Social Room has never failed to bring people together to discover new music in the heart of the city.
Social Room, 3/F, Won Hing Building, 74–78 Stanley Street, Central | (+852) 2915 0373
For fans of: Mr. Fingers, Seth Troxler, Mall Grab, Shanti Celeste
Entrance: Free; ticket prices vary if a special guest DJ is playing
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Photo courtesy of Volar
A hive for people looking for quality music in a traditional club setting, Volar is in the basement of a building in Hong Kong’s infamous streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Away from people pouring into the streets, through an underground maze, their Nest Room is the spot to be for some late-night house music. The club’s mirrored walls and blacked out hallways add to you getting lost in the music, so be sure to find and check out their iconic photobooth while you’re there for some snaps you can laugh at in the morning!
Volar, Basement, 38–44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central | (+852) 2810 1510
For fans of: Damian Lazarus, Tube & Berger, Richie Hawtin, Solomun
Entrance: $300 per person with 2 drinks before 12.30am; with 1 drink after 12.30am
Photo courtesy of @mister_p_official
Creating a quality music scene to educate people rather than following the scene of music that “poisons people”, Drop has been making waves in the city since 2000. On any night, you can dance and drink to music from house to disco. With some pretty attractive drink deals, you are guaranteed to keep the party going until the early hours. Grab a few friends and head down to what might be your new favourite spot.
Drop, Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39–43 Hollywood Road (entrance behind Ebeneezer’s on Cochrane Street), Central | (+852) 2543 8856
For fans of: Josh Butler, Peggy Gou, Crazy P, Jasper James
Entrance: $150 per person including 1 drink
Photo courtesy of Buddha Lounge
While we’re on the topic of dancing until dawn, Buddha Lounge is the only venue in Hong Kong that keeps the party going until the afternoon of the next day! If you’re the kind of person that truly never wants the party to end, this is where you need to be. The Nepalese-inspired lounge hosts the kind of late-night techno you’ve been missing in all of the mainstream clubs and its versatility makes no one remember it the same way. A lair for all kinds of possibilities, it’s a small room with cosy sofas and all-round good vibes.
Buddha Lounge, G/F, 23 Hollywood Road (entrance on Cochrane Street), Central | (+852) 2526 2562
For fans of: Stephen Bodzin, Avalon Emerson, Daft Punk, Red Axes