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Walk through nightlife district Lan Kwai Fong any night of the week and you’ll be bombarded by thundering bass lines pouring out of every door. Here are some clubs to consider when you want to get your groove on:
An outpost of the London original, the strict door policy at this Pottinger Street club keeps the crowd in check without putting a damper on the party inside. A-list DJs fill the docket.
Popular with visiting celebrities and VIPs, this Lan Kwai Fong landmark is the longstanding place to see and be seen.
A tough door doesn’t deter a young and energetic crowd from cramming onto the dance floor here. Located in a basement on Hollywood Road.
Don’t be alarmed by the name. This artsy, eclectic Sheung Wan club offers a wide mix of music and, oddly enough, is BYOB. (Note: This club is in the midst of a relocation.)
Hong Kong is a city that loves dancing, but unfortunately there's not a huge range of music available. Most clubs stick to the usual top-40 and popular, well-known house or dubstep music.
There are a few exceptions worth experiencing, where it's particularly fun to get your groove on. Most of these clubs feature rotating DJs with a range of styles (hip-hop, d'n'b, reggaeton, indie-electro).
Fly perfectly walks the line between bar and club. There's a sizeable dancefloor where people really get it going, but there's also a large outside area (with swings!) where patrons mill around, chat, and smoke cigarettes. Fly features a range of DJs who know their stuff and try to keep things fresh. You can also check out the proprieter, Buzz Concept's, other venue, Socialito, but it usually doesn't carry the same cool vibe.
The exclusive London import Boujis is predictably fancy, with a tough door, but once you're in the music can be surprisingly good, mixing indie hip-hop in with more popular tracks.
Makumba offers a more laid-back scene, featuring reggae, African beats, world music, and an enthusiastic crowd. Definitely worth checking out.
Boudoir, in LKF Hotel, doesn't play anything new or noteworthy, but a few times each evening the club features an engaging burlesque show with genuinely talented dancers, who keep the energy up and impart a sexy vibe.
For Hong Kong's hippest hipsters, XXX is the word. The former basement in Sheung Wan featured a grimy, sticky BYOB dancefloor where people could really let loose and get funky to interesting music. The Wing Lok location has closed, due to noise complaints and high rent, but a new space in Sai Ying Pun is set to open soon.
In addition to these clubs, there are DJ acts that hop from club to club, peddling their music each weekend. For example, Black Bart is a popular duo who play indie-rock and -electro to packed floors at XXX, Kee Club, and Les Boules.