Saturday, June 11, 2011

Top 5 Jazz Bars in Hong Kong

The best places to get your jazz on
Jazz is synonymous to feeling laid back, transporting us back to Chicago during the 1920s. It seems like the jazz bars in town are a bit of a sacred hideaway, and after a bit of digging, here are my top five picks of the best jazz bars in town.

1) Fringe Club
I recommend the Saturday night Jazz at the Fringe Club on the last Saturday of every month. Their jazz band is mainly made up of Japanese musicians, so you will see lots of their Japanese fans getting there real early for a quick chat. It is a very intimate performance area, and seats are on first come first serve basis, so get there earlier with a couple of friends to enjoy a chill drink and a spectacular performance.

2) Peel Fresco Music Lounge
The Peel Fresco Music Lounge's jazz nights on Thursdays and Saturdays is also a great choice. The lounge is relaxing and snug, and I love how they keep their music fresh by inviting different jazz musicians all the time. If you are heading their straight from the office, you can also grab a bite off their nibbles menu, freshly delivered from the restaurant right across the road.

3) Le Boudoir
Le Boudoir has a terrific live jazz band. I really like their luxurious decor, which feels like going back to an 18th Century French drawing room. Their signature cocktails are also to die for.

4) Salon de Ning
Salon de Ning in the Peninsula has a live jazz band daily after 9pm. They have hosted amazing jazz festivals which the Hong Kong jazz community is still raving about. They are a part of the Peninsula, so you can expect the best service in the world. With their lush curtains and velvet sofas, it gives a dark and sumptuous experience.

5) Champagne Bar
There is also the Champagne Bar in the Grand Hyatt, which has a jazz vocalist performing classic favourites every evening. As the name might have probably given it away, this bar is all about champagne. They probably have the most extensive champagne selection in Hong Kong. You will love this cozy bar, which is the perfect place for a pre-theatre drink, standing right across the road from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts and the Hong Kong Arts Centre.

Guest Contributor Gillian Chu is a Hong Kong based Canadian who loves going to the latest parties, fashion, and cultural events in town. See what else she's been up to lately on her blog, here!

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