Hong Kong has consistently been nominated as one of the top party nightlife destinations across the globe. With a party population so diverse, Asia’s World City has a wealth of offerings to even the most discriminating partygoer.
Kickass cocktails, vibrant dance floors, and unstoppable DJs, here are 10 nightclubs in Hong Kong with the best dance floors and DJs:
1. VOLAR Hong Kong
|Cover Charge||Free most nights but can reach $200 during events|
|Opening Hours||Tuesdays to Fridays, 19:00 – 05:00|
Saturdays, 21:00 – 05:00
|Location||Basement, 38-44 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 2810 1272|
- The locals’ choice for afterparty venue: As the party winds down in most of the city when the clock strikes 3am, it’s when things get even more exciting at Volar in Lan Kwai Fong. Consistently voted by locals to be the best club in Lan Kwai Fong, getting in is usually difficult even after 1am. Is it worth braving the long midnight queues? Definitely. Volar boasts of an exciting slew of international DJ’s that have headlined epic nights such as Diplo, Peter Van Hoesen, and Laurent Garnier.
- Two dance rooms to cater to the patrons’ music preference: Music is absolutely the most important factor in a great clubbing experience. At Volar, clubbers can alternate between two huge dance rooms blasting incredible tunes from a broad array of genres such as hip hop, R’n’B, D’n’B, house, techno, electro, and garage.
- Interiors that will make you think you were in Wonderland: Even before getting your hands on a sleek glass of cocktail, you are surely to get intoxicated by Volar’s interiors. There is a mirrored hall that leads you to a dance floor that is made colorful by neon LED lights and a majestic carousel – yes, a carousel in the middle of a dance club.
2. Play Club Hong Kong
|Cover Charge||200 – 300 HKD ($26 - $39)|
|Drink Prices||Shots at 100 HKD ($13)|
|Opening Hours||Thursdays – Saturdays, 21:00 – 05:00|
|Location||1/F On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central District, Hong Kong|
- A hub of the social scene’s who’s who: Play in Central District has made its mark in the international party arena as the place to be. It’s the favorite haunt of local models and celebrities and has been known as the place to spot Hollywood A-listers whether as guest performers or just part of the party crowd.
- Venue of choice for dazzling events: Big name celebrities who have made an appearance in this lavish nightclub include Paul Van Dyk, Afrojack and Skrillex. It is also the venue of choice for extravagant promotional events of important brands such as Urban Decay, Dom Perignon and G.H. Mumm.
- A huge venue for clubbing: Play covers a massive space of 6,000 square feet, replete with sophisticated lighting features and modern sound system. Complementing these outstanding features are colorful cocktails that are sure to unleash anyone’s inhibitions. As the clock strikes midnight, however, it’s the bottles of Dom Perignon that dominate the party tables as the dance floor and VIP areas get filled up.
- Also a gastronomic stop: Early evenings are usually laidback as patrons take advantage of the relaxed atmosphere to enjoy the gastronomic masterpieces of Play’s chefs then evolve into a party mecca at midnight.
|Cover Charge||100 – 300 HKD ($13 - $39)|
|Drink Prices||130 HKD for beer ($17)|
|Opening Hours||17:00 – 04:00, Daily|
|Location||UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 3110 1222|
- Chinese-Japanese fusion cuisine to complement signature cocktails: Dragon-I is an excellent place to go for partygoers who want to fill their tummies before downing cocktails. Famous for its extensive dimsum and dumpling lunch menu, it is also a go-to place for gastronomic adventurists looking for indulgent food to pair with their drinks such as gold-embellished Kobe beef tartare, abalone and lobster salad, and an assortment of sushi.
- Where clubbers dress to impress: Partygoers take advantage of the strict dress code policy, and make it a point to dress to the nines for a night of reckless abandon. Regular clubbers include models, expats, and social media celebrities showing off their camera-ready OOTDs. These beautiful people start pouring in at 1am, obviously not having a Cinderella curfew imposed on them.
- Mainstream music that everyone can sing and dance along to: It’s always great discovering new music, but sometimes, the best clubbing experience is where you can sing and dance along to every single track – and that’s usually what you get at Dragon-I. Hip hop, R’n’B, and EDM are on heavy rotation the whole week round. The party gets even better, of course, when international DJ’s make an appearance and spoil club goers with the hottest hits.
|Cover Charge||Starts at 100 HKD ($13)|
|Opening Hours||Mondays to Saturdays, 21:00 – 06:00|
|Location||Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 2543 8856|
- Known in the global party scene as one of the best party places in the world: With more than 17 years of spoiling partygoers, Drop has received a long list of awards and accolades and has earned itself a reputation of being a party mecca in Asia. Dubbed as Hong Kong’s “Home of House”, it is the go-to place of the city’s who’s who for the freshest electronic music. Drop is also well loved for its array of amazing drinks which include strawberry daiquiris, lemon drop, and fresh fruit martinis.
- A favorite party destination of huge name international acts and celebrities: Through the years, Drop partyphiles have been treated to rare performances and sightings of international celebrity guests such as musicians Jamiroquai, Sting, The Chemical Brothers, The Black Eyed Peas, Green Day, The Pet Shop Boys, and Muse; and Hollywood actors Clive Owen, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Hartnett.
- Drop’s resident DJ’s are among Hong Kong’s hottest DJ’s and celebrated party movers: With or without an event, nights at Drop are well-attended, thanks to its repertoire of resident DJ’s: Joel Lai, Abel Rogers, Craig Lopez, Ivan Sit, Manone, and Broadback. Each of these DJ’s has built a distinguishable reputation in the party scene for his musical taste and talent.
5. FLY Hong Kong
|Cover Charge||Starts at 100 HKD ($13)|
|Drink Prices||Shots at 20 HKD ($2.57)|
|Opening Hours||Tuesdays – Fridays, 17:00 - 05:00|
Saturdays, 21:00 - 05:00
|Location||G/F Shun Ho Tower, 24-30 Ice House St., Central, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 2810 9902|
- An “Urban Playground” for adults: Fly on Ice House Street in Central has earned the nickname “Urban Playground” not only because it’s where city adults go to let loose but because there is a literal playground in the terrace area. Fine, it is not exactly a playground but there are a couple of swings and a hopscotch board, and those are hard to get by in the adult setting. Once inside, what is most remarkable in the expansive 3,500-square foot dance club is the crisp audio reigning over the din of the crowd as though you were wearing state-of-the-art headphones. The amplified aural sense is brought about by none other than the humongous Turbosound setup.
- Music that you can hear, see, feel and almost taste: Yes, it’s all about heightened senses celebrating each note of the hottest electronic music as it stimulates the floor-to-ceiling LED graphics. Just as intoxicating as the aural and visual stimuli are Fly’s signature house-infused cocktails such as the crowd-favorite chili martini.
- The best local musician talents alongside international acts: Fly celebrates homegrown talent by featuring local DJ’s, emcees, and beatboxers all whilst giving international acts a taste of the Hong Kong party arena.
6. XXX Gallery
(Image: Ricky Wan)
|Cover Charge||No cover charge|
|Drink Prices||No drinks served|
|Opening Hours||11:30 – 02:00, Daily|
|Location||2A, Kin Luen Factory Building, 89-91 Larch St., Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon|
- For a stripped-down clubbing experience: While most clubs invest deeply in bedazzling lights, monstrous sound system, and exhilarating spirits, XXX Gallery believes in experiencing music for the art that it is. Located in a nondescript basement, it is an absolute contradiction to the usual clubbing scene anywhere in the world, but that has never stopped music and art enthusiasts from trooping over.
- An all-in-one club, art gallery and cinema: Local artists are on a regular rotation at XXX Gallery, with impressive installations that attract art aficionados from all over town. Film screenings are also done here, and these are mostly films that you don’t see on the mainstream screen, which are always a good option for widening one’s cinematic horizon. As far as music is concerned, it may not have a ginourmous sound system, but it is still remarkably superb for supplying great music on its flagship nights such as Crew Love, Hong Kong Babies, and Future Dancehall.
- It’s BYOB: A BYOB event in a scene that is notorious for overpriced and under-poured drinks is always good news. This way, you can opt to go as cheap or as extravagant as your pockets will allow you while still leaving you cash for the cab ride home.
7. Tazmania Ballroom
(Image: Tazmania Ballroom)
|Cover Charge||No cover charge|
|Drink Prices||Wine and cocktails start at 100 HKD ($13)|
|Opening Hours||Sundays to Thursdays, 17:00 – 02:00|
Fridays and Saturdays, 17:00 – 03:00
|Location||1/F, Hotel LKF by Rhombus, 33 Wyndham St., Central, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 2801 5009|
- Perfect after-work hangout spot: Tazmania Ballroom is that hangout place where you are stripped of the pressure to impress and just be yourself. It is not as crowded as most Hong Kong clubs, but it has all the elements to guarantee a great night out with your troops. It has pool tables, ping pong tables, and, to everyone’s delight, delicious complimentary finger food. As with any decent club in the city, the DJ’s at Tazmania Ballroom know how to command partygoers to troop to the dance floor as they sway to the latest hip hop and EDM tracks.
- Get your party on as early as 5 in the afternoon: Tazmania Ballroom is the perfect place to party when you want to have as much fun as you can without staying out ‘til the wee hours of the morning. It’s a favorite pre-party rendezvous as it opens at 5 in the afternoon.
- For a truly “happy” happy hour: Tazmania Ballroom’s drink menu features classic bar potions such as gin & tonic, Jack & Coke, and vodka cranberry. Drinks are on the pricey side, so the buy one, get one happy hour is ideal for heavy drinkers.
8. Magnum Club
(Image: Magnum Club)
|Cover Charge||Starts at 300 HKD ($39)|
|Drink Prices||Shots start at 100 HKD ($13)|
|Opening Hours||Tuesdays to Saturdays, 23:00 – 06:00|
|Location||2-3/F & 5/F, Wellington Place, No. 2-8 Wellington Street, Central District, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 2116 1602|
- One of the biggest and most lavish clubs in all of Hong Kong: Magnum Club may be one of the youngest clubs in the area but it has quickly and remarkably caught up with the big players of the party scene. This is easy to understand given that the club has two floors and spans a magnificent 13,000 square feet. This 50-million dollar investment is committed to being one of Asia’s best and most exclusive night clubs.
- Opulent decors, interiors and sound system: There’s nothing average about Magnum Club. This starts with the massive 20-foot atrium that is adorned with bubble chandeliers made of more than a hundred thousand crystals. More crystals abound, continuing on to the crystal staircase leading to the upstairs dance area; and the majestic crystal DJ booth, which you won’t find anywhere else in Asia.
- Heartthrob DJ’s who are in perfect control of the dance floor: Magnum Club’s roster of resident DJ’s is comprised of some of Asia’s most sought after music manipulators: DJ KC, DJ Kazu, DJ Tree, DJ Yin, DJ V-Boy, Ming Wong, and DJ Tak. Each armed with an extensive technical know-how and impressive taste in music, every night at Magnum is an epic party experience.
|Cover Charge||Free on most days|
|Drink Prices||Starts at 150 HKD ($19)|
|Opening Hours||Mondays, 19:00 – 12:00|
Tuesdays to Thursdays, 19:00 – 03:00
Fridays and Saturdays, 20:00 – 05:00
|Location||Lower Basement, 79 Wyndham St., Central, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 2521 8815|
- Honest to goodness underground music: Previously known as Midnight & Co, Oma takes pride in being one of the few clubs in Hong Kong to treat their patrons to honest-to- goodness underground music. It boasts of having an excellent sound setup to perfectly complement music coming from the genres underground dance, EDM, hip hop, techno, and house. Open ‘til 5 in the morning, Oma’s motto is, “Never ever stop dancing!”
- Oma takes the business of partying seriously: Running a club may seem like it is all dance and play, but it’s not. For Oma’s team, partying is one serious business. Oma employs the brilliant Taku Hirayama as its music director as part of their quest to be Hong Kong’s leading destination for underground club music. They also handpick the DJ’s that they allow to step into the DJ booth such as DJ Koze, Axel Boman, and Daniel Bell. This meticulousness has been rewarded by raving reviews of fans and patrons on social media.
- Affordable bar chow: Everyone knows that food can be expensive in clubs, but not at Oma. Fill up on delicious dishes such as Cajun chicken wings, smoked brisket burger, and barbecue platter.
10. Zentral Club
(Image: Zentral Club)
|Cover Charge||Free for members + 1 companion|
|Opening Hours||Sundays to Wednesdays, 21:00 – 05:00|
Thursdays to Saturdays, 22:00 – 05:00
|Location||4-5/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong|
|Phone||+852 2111 8810|
- A prestigious and exclusive clubbing experience: Zentral Club is operated by the same team behind the upscale Magnum Club, so there are plenty of similarities as far as high-end clubbing is concerned. While non-members can still enter the premises, there are nights, events, discounts, freebies and promos that are deliciously exclusive to Zentral Club members. Membership definitely is not cheap – 23,800 HKD ($3,058) – but is redeemable for consumption up to 27,500 HKD ($3,533) within a year of signup.
- International DJ’s are known to have the most wonderful time at Zentral: Since Zentral’s doors opened in 2014, it has welcomed to its state-of-the-art DJ booth international acts such as Milk N Cooks, Marshmello, and Dillon Francis. Aside from these kickass events, this high-end club regularly holds posh events that are attended by Hong Kong’s big name party celebrities.
- For partying every night of the week ‘til 5 the next morning: Zentral Club wants both local and foreign partyphiles to have a banging clubbing experience no matter what day of the week so its dance floor is open every night, closing only ‘til 5 the next morning. This is perfect for travelers who happen to graze by Central District on weekdays.