Scooping up seven Golden Globes and nominated for 14 Academy Awards, La La Land is likely to be more than just the flavour of the month. But it’s not only the career-defining performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone that has everyone buzzing – the original score by Justin Hurwitz celebrates all things jazz, bringing an often overlooked genre to the forefront of the music scene.
Hitting Hong Kong cinemas on January 26, La La Land is top of our weekend to-do list -- and if the movie leaves you hungry for more, check out these five local bars for your jazz fix.
Blue Bar, Four Seasons Hong Kong
Blue Bar’s live music evenings from 8pm on Friday and Saturday night have gained a reputation for silky smooth jazz, served up with delicious fresh and seasonal cocktails. Based in the Four Seasons Hong Kong, it’s a stunning setting for an evening of sophisticated music and musing.
Four Seasons Hong Kong, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3196 8888
Lobster Bar and Grill, Shangri-La
Listed by Drinks International as both one of the top 50 bars in Asia and the world, this award-winning bar is the perfect post-movie cocktail lounge. A sublime selection of seafood is the perfect late night supper, and live jazz performances from 8pm Monday to Saturday give the Lobster Bar and Grill ambience an extra dose of glamour.
Shangri-La Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2820 8560
Just off bustling Lan Kwai Fong is a dimly lit oasis of sultry tones and quality live music. Six days a week from 9pm, Studio Club hosts jazz performers, including Latin jazz percussion on Wednesdays. It's ideal for a sophisticated evening with friends, and the late night DJ lounge set after midnight is worth sticking around for.
Studio Club, 1/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central District, Hong Kong, firstname.lastname@example.org
Declaring itself the 'only true jazz-bar venue', Bert's prides itself on its quality live music and dedication to showcasing the best of Hong Kong's jazz talent, including Allen Youngblood and The Red Stripes (pictured). Hidden away in the basement of the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC), the bar is named after former FCC president and renowned jazz pianist Bert Okuley. This members-only bar is the perfect retreat for those in the know.
The Foreign Correspondents’ Club , North Block, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 1511
Disguised as an umbrella shop, this speakeasy evokes the wistful romance of the 1920s with the kind of old-fashioned aesthetic that employs all of the chic and none of the shabby. An eclectic mix of local and international musicians play live from Tuesday to Saturday, bringing a variety of jazz, soul and blues to this vintage-style English bar.
Foxglove, G/F, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2116 8949