Hong Kong nightlife, as to be expected for such a world-renowned travel destination, is fun, friendly and incredibly diverse. Clubs in Hong Kong are some of the best in Asia and whether you feel like clinking glasses with people from the pages of Vogue or dancing until the sun comes up, you’ll find a place for you and your dancing shoes. Below is a run-down of the main areas for your nightlife in Hong Kong.
Driving down Ice House Street, one cannot miss FLY’s playful “Front Porch”- a semi-outdoor area that is embraced by warm timber planks, intertwined with foliage and a pair of playful leaf-shaped swings.
Behind the smoky glass doors. a 3500-square feet dance club awaits. The “Back Room” boasts a massive Turbosound system, a jet-black DJ booth that sits amidst a wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling LED wall displaying larger-than-life graphics in-sync with the spankin’ tunes.
Welcoming ALL electronic music lovers, FLY plays pumpin’ tunes all week long, showcasing the best tech house, electro, mashup, breaks, and everything in between. At FLY, the party never dies!
Add: 24-30 Ice House Street, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2810 9902
This fashionable venue has both an indoor bar and a terrace over Wyndham St filled with caged songbirds. Go after midnight and watch Ukrainian models and Cantopop stars sipping Krug and air kissing, as DJs fill the dance floor with hip hop, R&B and jazz. Go early or dress to kill if you want to be let in.
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Add: UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street
Tel: 00852 3110 1222
Playtime has never been such fun. Play has been around for some years, but got a design makeover from top local artist Simon Birch, who hand painted the fully interactive LED light stage. The predominant palette is dark blue, lending a calm and sophisticated ambiance. Design aside, Play’s killer app is the biggest dance floor in Central, a whopping 8,000 square feet which tends to fill up quickly, especially towards the end of the week: the club can hold up to 1,000 revelers at full capacity. Keep an eye open for new cocktails, as bar staff take great pride in coming up with new and imaginative dirnks.
Add: 1 On Hong Terrace, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2525 1318
If you’re more interested in music than striking peacock poses, Volar boasts some of the best DJs in the business, both resident and imported, and a crowd dedicated to dancing until they fall down. The curved subterranean basement makes for an atmospheric, if sweaty, dance floor with the crowds piling in after 12a.m.. The door policy is strict but not drastic, and as long as you arrive early enough you’ll find yourself bumping elbows with the sheiks, and celebs Volar attracts.
Add: Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2810 1272
Dusk Till Dawn
If you’re sick of having your belt and shoes sneered at by the Robocops at most of Hong Kong’s clubs, Dusk till Dawn is a slice of down and dirty, unpretentious fun. Packed at weekends by locals, expats and stop-over flight crews, the whole bar is transformed into one big dance floor as the crowd writhes around to jaw droppingly good Filipino bands churning out the top hits of the last twenty years.
Add: G/F., 76-84 Jaffe Rd., Wanchai
Tel: 00852 2528 4689
Alternative in all senses of the word, noisy, crowded and stimulating, Propaganda is one of the pioneering gay bars in still culturally conservative Hong Kong, witnessing the development of the local LGBT scene on Hollywood Road in SOHO. If you’re looking to dance into the wee hours, this is the place to do it. It usually starts buzzing when most other gay clubs wrap it up for the day. An institution on the Hong Kong nightlife scene for years, the dance club attracts a mixed clientele of gay and straight, locals, ex-pats and tourists. Weekends are especially packed, but the go-go boys make the crowds worth braving. When it’s time for a breather, the cozy candlelit bar area is perfect.
Add: 1 Hollywood Rd, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2868 1316
Talk about a golden oldie! More than two decades in business is proof positive that Club 97 does everything just right. Sleek and modern, the space is ideal for lounging, although the hip clientele is just as likely to spend time on the dance floor. The music varies from night to night; Wednesday is salsa night, Sunday is devoted to reggae, and other nights range from hip-hop to old school R&B. Drinks of choice include champagne and complex, multi-ingredient cocktails. There is very often a line to get in here on Friday and Saturday nights, a definite sign that this is one of Hong Kong’s top dance venues.
Add: 1/F, 9 Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong
Tel: 00852 2186 1897