The best jazz bars in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong has a lot of cocktail bars pumping out upbeat DJ tunes, but sometimes you may need a place with a more cultured vibe to sip your drink to classic melodies. For that, you may want to visit one of the city’s growing collection of live jazz venues.

DarkSide

Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

If jazz, decadent cigars, and aged spirits are your kind of thing, you might want to head to Rosewood Hong Kong’s DarkSide, the newest and also sexiest jazz bar on this side of the harbor. From the outdoor terrace, you can soak up the exquisite views of the island skyline, maybe best savored with a vintage cigar that was plucked from the towering Georgetti humidor and a barrel tawny port in the other hand. If you prefer a twist on a negroni, dive into the cocktail program that is helmed by industry veterans Simone Rossi and Arkadiusz Rybak who aim to give classic drinks an innovative spin. Taking the mic at 8 pm each evening is Canadian crooner Janaia Farrell and her piano trio.

Silencio

6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong


Silencio – swish contemporary izakaya concept of Le Comptoir group prides itself on the ambiance of Japanese drinking dens that are paired with modern art and jazz. There is pure art everywhere – enigmatic paintings of Tomoo Gokita on the walls, the most distinguished jazz musicians of Hong Kong on the stage, caviar-dusted snacks and sushi by Sean Mell – former Nobu executive chef, and premium sakes that fill the menu with seasonal exclusives. The bar is also going to launch its own private label sake with a respected Japan’s brewery which is more than 200 years old. Therefore, sake lovers will want to stay tuned for that.

Tiffany’s New York Bar

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Hong Kong

In addition to boasting a massive whiskey collection including 300-plus drams on deck and house-blended cask selections, when it comes to a live jazz program, Tiffany’s New York Bar is also a mainstay in the city.