Bars with Beats
There’s nothing better than ending a long work week with a couple of drinks, laughs and friends. We’re lucky to have plenty of options when it comes to watering holes, but if you’re looking for something a little different, why not check out some of the awesome live music nights in the city? That’s right, you can find live music in Hong Kong almost every night of the week if you try and you won’t regret adding a lively atmosphere, creativity and beats to those post-work drinks.
We rounded up five of our favourite live music bars here, but we’ve decided to give you a comprehensive guide so you can try out a different place every week! Check out some of our favourite music bars and live music nights below:
Fancy sipping on superb cocktails in a seductive environment? Head to Le Boudoir, French Creations hidden Moulin-Rouge-esque bar on Wyndham street, for some sweet jazz tunes. Every Wednesday, Maria Flores and her band treats the bar to a stunning performance showcasing her stellar voice. This is the perfect place to bring the girls (just get there early, as it’s always packed!).
When: 9.30pm – 12.30am every Wednesday night
Where: Le Boudoir, Basement, 65 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: More info here.
Read more: Boudoir – The Ultimate Private Party Venue
An oldie but a goodie… Ned Kelly’s Last Stand is one of Hong Kong’s oldest bars and is known for having great live music (jazz particularly) and a lively atmosphere. This is definitely one to check out for a few beers if you’re in TST.
When: You’ll find live music at this bar most nights!
Where: Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, 11A, Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry – but bring money for drinks, of course.
A Sassy favourite, Rummin’ Tings is one of the coolest new(ish) bars on Hollywood Road. This Caribbean inspired bar has all the right vibes with its eclectic ‘modern shack’ decor, range of rums and comforting street style food. Stop by on a Sunday for live acoustic sounds and a whole lot of fun – it’s the best way to end the weekend!
When: Every Sunday
Where: Rummin’ Tings, G/F, 28 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry but bring money for rum and the ‘Dutty Doubles’ (chickpea curry… delish).
Grappa’s has been around for a while and is a Hong Kong favourite for rustic Italian dishes and of course, the live music. You’ll find everything here from jazz to rock and even live comedy! Grappa’s hosts local and international acts (Imogen Heap, OK! Go and The Pub Landlord have all graced the stage) and is a guaranteed good night out. A must-visit!
When: See all Grappa’s Cellar events and live act dates here.
Where: Grappa’s Cellar, Jardine House, 1 Connaught Place, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Prices depend on the event. Make sure to check the event listing for more details.
Another classic spot for live music is The Wanch in (you guessed it) Wan Chai. If you’ve had one too many beers and fancy a good dance, this is the perfect little bar to squeeze in to! Super casual, relaxed and a whole lot of fun, The Wanch has live music every night.
When: Almost every night! See the events calendar here.
Where: The Wanch, 54 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
For the most creative and cutting-edge arts, music and events, XXX Gallery is the place to go. This year they moved from Sai Wan over to up and coming Tai Kok Tsui, but they still continue to host some of Hong Kong’s best artists and musicians, as well as international DJs. If you’re a fan of drum & bass, hip hop and house, make sure you stay up to date on their events.
When: Check here for all events.
Where: Unit 2A, Kin Luen Factory Building, 89-91 Larch Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon
How much: Different prices depending the event.
We love sipping a G&T at this heritage building in Wan Chai and tucking into some of the delicious food from acclaimed Chef Tom Aikens too! The Pawn is always coming up creative events, one of which is the ‘Great Gatsby Wednesdays‘. Featuring different jazz artists every week, it’s the perfect opportunity to add a bit of glamour to your week. Not only can you enjoy a class act in a beautiful setting, but you can also get you hair and make-up done in a chic Great Gatsby style by Kelly’s Beauty Cafe. Cocktails, music and a hair and make-up sesh? It’s the recipe for the perfect night out (see the awesome photos from the last event here).
When: The next Great Gatsby Evening is on Wednesday, 24 August, 9 – 11pm. Stay tuned to the Facebook page for event updates.
Where: The Pawn Botanicals Bar, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: More info here.
The Music Room at Potato Head Hong Kong
Okay, so this might not necessarily be ‘live’ music, but if you’re a vinyl fan, you have to check out the recently opened Music Room at Potato Head Hong Kong. Not only is the space oh-so cool (we’re talking serious interior decor #goals), but every week a unique range of music nights are held. Most recently, the team at Eat Ethio spun some Ethiopian jazz, but you can find everything from disco to world music to Balearic beats to 90s house being played in this cosy space. A must-visit for music lovers.
When: Check the Facebook page here for upcoming events and music nights.
Where: The Music Room at Potato Head Club, 100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend. Be sure to check the Facebook page for further details depending on the event.
Tucked up on the 3/F on Wyndham Street sits Paradis, a French and Caribbean inspired spot that serves up excellent cocktails and unique dishes. The decor is elegant with a tropical touch and is the perfect setting for their Caribbean Disco and Vodou Funk nights! Every Wednesday and Thursday respectively, Paradis hosts music nights that also celebrate ‘the art of vinyl’. Again, not technically live, but the music co-ordinator Fun Key plays an eclectic mix of house, funk and disco designed to get you dancing! Look out for guest DJs too…
When: Every Wednesday for Caribbean Disco Night and every Thursday for the Vodou Funk Night
Where: Paradis Restaurant + Cocktail Bar, 3/F, 46 – 48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend – get there for happy hour from 5 – 7pm and enjoy a $90 Mojito or Caipirinha! Stay tuned to Paradis’ Facebook page for further info and exact dates.
Situated on Arbuthnot Road, Salon No. 10 is a favourite spot for Saturday night drinks (just check out our full review here). The mix of vintage knick knacks and cosy but luxurious furniture gives this bar a hipster edge, and there is always bound to be good music. If you’re specifically after live music, Salon No. 10 regularly hosts Live Jazz and Latin nights on Wednesdays, bringing the best of Hong Kong’s live jazz musicians together. This place a great vibe, so if you want a guaranteed good night out, definitely stop by!
When: The most recent Live Jazz and Latin night was on Wednesday, 16 August. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for other live music nights.
Where: Salon No. 10, 10 Arbuthnot Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry!
We’re huge fans of the decadent burgers at Beef & Liberty, so of course we couldn’t help stopping by to try out the offerings at the new Beef & Liberty Pop-Up at PMQ (read our full review here). Apart from the burgers, we really enjoyed the live music at this quirky space. Teaming up with creative companies like Mischief Productions, KEF, Backstage Live and of course, PMQ, the pop-up hosts awesome live music every week. Whether it’s reggae, indie bands or some of Hong Kong’s best DJs, there’s always something interesting going on here.
When: Regularly! Check out the Facebook page for more info.
Where: Beef & Liberty at PMQ, 1/F, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend.
This secret little spot is tucked away on Wellington Street and hosts musicians every Friday and Saturday night. The hole in the wall is the perfect place to hit up if you’re looking for jazz in a more hidden location, and if you’re a talented musician yourself, you may even get the chance to take the stage!
When: Every Friday and Saturday – more info here.
Where: Sense 99, 2/F, 99 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Free to attend.
For day-time tunes, head over to Kinsale, one of our favourite brunch spots in the up and coming Kennedy Town. On Sunday they have live band to entertain you as you munch on breakfast faves (available all day!). The light and airy space along next to the harbourfront make this a great option for a relaxing day with music, good food and good times.
Where: Kinsale, G/F, Shop 3, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
How much: As much as you want to spend on brunch! Menu available on their website soon, which is currently being updated.
Read more: The Brunch Bunch – Kennedy Town
Orange Peel is the perfect place to lounge, listen to live performances, nibble on snacks an sip on drinks. This laid-back spot is a cultural hub and is always hosting informative talks, creative events and of course, live music nights.
When: Varies depending on the event. Make sure to check the website for more deets!
Where: Orange Peel, 2/F, 38 – 44 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Read more about Orange Peel membership here
For a dedicated live music venue, head to Peel Fresco in Soho. You can find live music there almost every night of the week – just check out the calendar here. From different types of Jazz to rock bands to even a Canto-pop jam, Peel Fresco is one of the best places to go for a mix of live music in Central. They even host open-mic nights, so if you’re feeling brave and want to showcase your musical talent, why not give it a try?
When: See the calendar for more details.
Where: Peel Fresco, 49 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Most nights are free to attend, but check the specific event for details.
Love seafood? Then you have to check out Fishteria Seafood Place! This Wan Chai haunt prides itself on fresh seafood, so stop by for dinner one night and enjoy some live music while you’re there. The Live Jazz & Seafood Night happens every couple of Wednesdays, so keep an eye out for it on their social media channels.
When: 7pm, every other Wednesday – check the Facebook page for dates!
Where: Fishteria Seafood Place, 111 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
How much: Free entry
The Fringe Club is well known in Hong Kong for having some of the best cultural events and shows in show. Art exhibitions, comedy shows and theatre productions have all graced the stages inside, but what we always look out for are the atmospheric live music nights. With a range of local and international acts of all different genres, there’s something for everyone here. Just note that you need to buy tickets in advance for most of these live performances – check out the full event schedule for the upcoming months here.
When: See the full list of events here.
Where: Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
How much: Different prices depending on the event.
Suave and sophisticated, this hidden bar on Duddell Street oozes old school glamour and charm. Disguised as an ‘umbrella’ shop, Foxglove is a refined speakeasy that not only serves great drinks, but also provides amazing jazz nights. Expect class acts such as Mark Peter Trio, Ela Alegre & Lena Cugiletta and many more.
For more professional local and international live acts, check out: Hidden Agenda in Ngau Tau Kok (#savehiddenagenda)!, Macpherson Stadium in Mongkok, The Hangout in Sai Wan Ho and of course Kitec in Kowloon.
There are so many great bars, restaurants and venues for live music in Hong Kong, so keep your eyes and ears peeled! You never know where you may stumble upon a talented musician, band or singer. Email us to let us know if you find any more that need to be added to this guide and enjoy!