Some nights, drinks and darts just won’t do. Whether you’re craving something a little different, looking for ideas for your music-loving date, or hoping to jazz up your nights out with friends, some of our favourite live music digs around Hong Kong should do the trick.
The Aftermath Bar
With bookings that range from country bands to rock acts, ignoring genre and simply focusing on quality, The Aftermath Bar quickly cemented itself as one of the best spots to watch live music in Hong Kong. Not only does The Aftermath showcase well-curated live music line-ups of independent bands, the bar also offers a selection of local and international craft beer on draft. The cultural hotspot has even hosted some of our city’s biggest cultural events such as Sofar Hong Kong and Affordable Tattoo Fair.
The Aftermath Bar, Sunny Building, LG/F, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central
Operated by the hip folks behind trendy watering hole Bound by Hillywood and artisan smokehouse CRFT PIT, Aux is a casual live music and dining spot that comes with plenty of street cred. Serving high quality western barbecue with an Asian flair along with original cocktails, Aux, whose name refers to both the symbolic ‘aux cable’ and its address on Austin Road, regularly bring us some of Hong Kong’s more underground DJs and bands.
Aux, Basement, 152 Austin Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
The original and best. The Wanch has been seminal for the Hong Kong live music scene since it first opened its doors in 1987. Pretty much every local band in the city – big and small – has played here at some point. This small, intimate space has all the characteristics of a truly unique live music venue and has become something of a community hub for gig lovers. With a live show every single night of the week, and no cover charge (ever), there’s no doubt this should be your first stop if you’re keen on checking out what Hong Kong has to offer in terms of live music.
The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
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Boasting perfect acoustics, glamorous decor, and an excellent selection of cocktails, Foxglove is one of Hong Kong’s top live music venues. Hidden behind the facade of the Fox Shop umbrella boutique on Duddell Street, this hidden gem boasts 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.
Foxglove, G/F, 18 Ice House Street, 6 Duddell Street, Central
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.
Peel Fresco, 49 Peel Street, Central
1563 at the East
Despite the wide breadth of musical genres it accommodates in its live shows, 1563’s bread and butter lies in the pop side of things. In fact, the name 1563 alludes to a popular chord progression in Cantopop. Even more exciting about 1563 is that its live music policy is set by Vicky Fung – a local scene stalwart who co-founded Backstage Live (which was tragically closed after eight years through no fault of hers). It’s a huge, beautiful venue that has a seven-day-a-week program bursting with interesting shows. Check it out; you won’t be disappointed.
1563 at the East, 6/F, Hopewell Centre, 183 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
This Town Needs
Formerly known as Hidden Agenda, This Town Needs has our respect for providing the city’s biggest stage for independent acts. Despite repeated closures, due to everything from licensing issues to noise complaints, the venue still does its utmost to bring some of the best and most respected acts on the planet to Hong Kong at a reasonable price. It’s a testament to how respected these guys are in the scene when you consider that their previous iteration only happened due to the music lovers of Hong Kong raising $500,000 in under a week so that they could carry on.
This Town Needs, 1/F, Commercial Accommodation, Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun Street, Yau Tong