Whether you’re a long-time lover of jazz, or a total newbie, our city is overflowing with live music venues that are guaranteed to get your toes tapping. So why not shake things up the next time you hit the town and check out one of these top jazz joints?
BB Jazz Lounge
Located in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, and spreading over 3,200 square foot, this retro, modern, and upbeat venue is the newest kid on the jazz block, and home to world-class international artists from Wednesday to Sunday. With an elegant designer décor, stylish lounge chairs and sofas, and light-up menus, BB definitely sits at the luxury end of the scale. It comes as no surprise that the bar serves the finest wines and champagnes in the world, which have been carefully hand-picked to suit even the most discerning of palates — expect to see the likes of Dom Perignon and Louis Roederer Cristal on the menu. The snacks are just as opulent, with goodies like oysters, caviar, steak tartar, lobster, and foie gras terrine gracing the menu. Perfect if you have someone to impress — or seduce!
Wednesday to Sunday (7.30pm to 2.30am)
BB Jazz Lounge, 2/F, Ho Lee Commercial Building, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, (+852) 2641 2880
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
Feeling wild? Venture over to Kolwoon and tap your toes all night long to the Dixieland jazz band. With live performances every night of the week, the party never ends in this charming western-style Aussie haunt (pictured above). Its cosy atmosphere, hearty Western grub, and infectious music, courtesy of some of the best jazz musicians the city has to offer, make this an absolute must for those wanting Southern Louisiana sounds with a lot of horns!
Every night (9.30pm – 1am)
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, 11A Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, (852) 2376 0562
Peel Fresco Live Music Bar
Pull up a cushiony lounge stool and catch live jazz at its finest in this cosy hangout which boasts a rotating list of guest jazz musicians. Catch regulars The Wong Way Down Nate Wong Jazz Crew every Sunday from 9pm, and Allen Youngblood & Jazbalaya on various Saturdays throughout the coming months. With a live session on most nights, it’s a safe bet you’ll end up enjoying an evening of solid, no-fuss-whatsoever live music.
Live music on most nights (check the website for the full schedule)
Peel Fresco, 49 Peel Street, Central, (+852) 2540 2046
If you like a touch of mystery with your jazz, then Foxglove is the spot for you. Hidden behind the facade of the Fox Shop umbrella boutique on Duddell Street, this hidden gem (pictured above) boasts some of the most impressive decor we’ve seen in Hong Kong, not to mention some top-quality live jazz several nights a week. Inspired by the globe-trotting adventures of a fictitious English gentleman called Mr. Minza, who created the place to win the heart of his beloved (and named it after her favourite flower), this cinematic venue transports you back to the golden age of cocktails and jazz with a glamorous interior inspired by a 1950s first-class luxury liner. The perfect place to kick back with a martini and marvel at times gone by.
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You can always count on our favourite creative venue (pictured above) to whip up some quality live jazz. Although there is no regular night scheduled, there is always one on the near horizon at this arty landmark. From big band jazz to pop jazz, jazz and blues to jazz fusion, the choice is endless. Plus, don’t miss your chance to catch The Saturday Night Jazz Orchestra who are set to make several performances this year at their All About Swing gigs.No set schedule (visit the website for more information)
Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, (+852) 2521 7251
Head down to STUDIO Club and enjoy live jazz six days of the week in the swanky surroundings of this high-end joint. Swing by on a Thursday and you’ll be lucky enough to catch the wonderful Pete Kelly Trio, who have gained quite the following in the 852. Inspired by classic New York music venues, Studio offers an intimate lounge where premium cocktails and champagne are the real stars of the show – aside from the fabulous in-house band of course. Be warned though, they don’t come cheap – an eye-watering $270 for a glass of Veuve or Moët! Payday treat maybe?
Every Wednesday to Sunday, (9pm onwards)
STUDIO Club, 1/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central
Enter the bistro basement of the famous Foreign Correspondents’ Club (FCC) and enjoy live jazz from Tuesday to Friday. Named after the late Bert Okuley, a distinguished jazz piano-playing foreign correspondent and former FCC President, Bert’s has regularly played host to jazz musicians from across the globe, including Allen Youngblood and of course, the FCC house band. To gain access to this jazz hub, you need to be a member of the FFC, or attend as their guest – know any jazz loving journos?
Tuesday to Friday, (performance times vary, check the website for the full schedule)
Bert’s Bar, The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, North Block, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, (+852) 2521 1511
A barber shop by day, a jazz club by night. Can it be true? Of course, it’s Hong Kong! This city sure knows how to work hard and play hard, and when local hairdresser Benky Chan is finished sweeping the floor and hanging up his styling scissors after a busy day at work, he’s ready to get the party started. Watch him transform his shop (pictured above) into a hip live jazz joint, as he invites you to enjoy gypsy jazz and Latin blues every Saturday night. With no cover charge, and instead a ‘donate to the musicians’ concept, this intimate setting is the perfect place to kick back and relax, away from the busy bars. The venue can squeeze up to 30 people, so get in there quick – and Benky might even treat you to a drink from his mini bar. Winner!
Every Saturday, (8.30pm – 11.30pm)
Visage One, LG/F, Po Lung Building, 93 Hollywood Road, Central, (+852) 2523 8988
Time your visit to Grappa’s right and you might strike lucky and catch the Stray Katz jazz band in full swing. Performing on the first Saturday of every month, they bring the house down with their vocals, big bass, and energy, making this a perfect spot to chill out with some drinks and tuck into an Italian meal with a great soundtrack. Seating up to 350 people, it’s certainly not short on space, making it a great place to catch up with friends.
Every first Saturday of the month, (8pm onwards)
Grappa’s Cellar, B/F Jardine House 1 Connaught Place, Central, (+852) 2521 2322
If you love whiskey as much as you love jazz, then Gecko (pictured above) is your dream hangout. Tucked away in Ezra Lane alley, off Cochrane Street, this hidden gem is the place to be from Tuesday to Saturday, when some of the city’s top musicians and singers bring the spirit of jazz alive after sundown. The intimate setting and cosy atmosphere make it the perfect spot for like-minded music lovers who like their tipple to pack a punch – try the Aqwa Bomb or the famous Gecko’s Absinthe if you dare!
Gecko, LG/F, Au’s Building, Ezra’s Lane, Central, (+852) 2660 0889
Blue Bar at the Four Seasons
For some brass with a bit of class, swing by Blue Bar at the Four Seasons (pictured above) on Friday or Saturday nights and watch the house band, Innovation, do their thing. With a great drinks list, fancy bar nuts, and the perfect blend of soft lighting and smooth jazz tunes, there’s no better place to unwind after a long week at work. There’s no set dress code, but they do suggest smart casual, so resist donning your flip-flops on those balmy summer nights.Friday and Saturday nights, (8pm – 1am)
Blue Bar, Lobby Level, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, (+852) 3196 8888