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Gay Bars and Nightclubs in Hong Kong

The Best of Hong Kong's Gay Nightlife

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Gay bars and nightclubs in Hong Kong aren’t quite as popular as you would think, and the scene here is somewhat nascent in comparison to rivals such as London and New York. However, things are improving, and there are an increasing number of gay bars and nightclubs in Hong Kong. See our pick of the best below.

1. Propaganda

Possibly the most famous gay club in town, Propaganda elicits mixed reports, ranging from those who have a cult-like devotion for the club to those who think it’s well past its prime. The crowd can be slightly mixed but is generally gay only, with both locals and expats keeping it crowded well into the wee hours, despite the large space. The house music is played at rib cage rattling levels, although those looking to talk can retire to the conversation room. Most grumblings about the venue centre on the staff, who are said to be somewhat surly. Drink prices can also put a serious dent in your wallet.

  • Address: Basement, 1 Hollywood Road, Central
  • Tel: 2868 1316
  • Open: Mon-Sat 9:00pm-4A.M.

2. The Works

Run by the same folks as the much bigger and louder Propaganda, Works is a slightly more intimate affair with a dedicated cast of regulars. That said, don’t expect to come here for quiet night out, the DJ and the crowd are both loud.

  • Address: 1/F, 30-32 Wyndham Street, Central
  • Tel: 2868 6102
  • Open: Tue-Sun 7:00pm-2A.M.

3. Volume

Arguably Hong Kong’s hippest gay club, Volume attracts a mix of locals, expats and tourists all dressed to kill. Their Wednesday night welcome mixer is specifically aimed at visitors to the city, with one free vodka for everyone from 7pm – 10pm. Volume is a big hitter in the DJ department and manages to pull in its share of top draw names playing an eclectic mix of everything from trance to top of the pops hits from the eighties.

  • Address: LG/F, 83-85 Hollywood Road, Central
  • Tel: 2857 7683
  • Open: Mon-Sat 7:00pm-Late

4. New Wally Mat Lounge

More relaxed than any of the above, the Wally Mat Lounge is like the Cheers crowd gone queer. Popular with a slightly older and slightly more sedate gay crowd, the Wally Mat is aimed at those who prefer a friendly pub to a jostling dance floor. The ‘New Wally Mat Lounge, as it’s now called, is the legacy of Waltzing Matilda, one of the city’s oldest gay bars dating from the 1950’s. Somewhat bizarrely, it’s now billing itself as Hong Kong’s only internet gay bar, thanks to the addition of a computer with free internet access.

  • Address: G/F, 5A Humphrey’s Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Tel: 2721 2568
  • Open: Mon-Sat 5:00pm-4A.M.

5. Club 97

The most mainstream of the bars and clubs above, Club 97’s prime position in Lan Kwai Fong attracts a mixed crowd of beautiful people sipping champagne and discussing Ferraris. Music is a mix of chart hits with appearances from the occasional star DJ. Friday night from 6pm-10pm is gay night, which often includes a drag show and always draws in a heaving crowd.

  • Address: 9 Lan Kwai Fong, Central
  • Tel: 2186 1897
  • Open: Mon-Sat 5:00pm-4A.M.
You can find more information on Hong Kong's gay scene courtesy of the Gay and Lesbian Hong website. Or, if you're planning a trip elsewhere, head over to our sister About site Gay Travel, where Andrew Collins will put you in the picture about your destinations gay pulse.
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