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Hong Kong City Nightlife

Hong Kong is renowned for its jam-packed nightlife and the city covers all its bases for after-dark entertainment, with a feisty nightclub scene, lots of good live music and some world-class performing arts for more sophisticated tastes.

Notorious Wan Chai has calmed down a lot over the last few decades. Although it has retained some of its seediness, there are also many British-style pubs frequented by expatriate locals in the area. The Central district's Lan Kwai Fong is known for having one of the biggest drinking crowds in Hong Kong and the bars to sustain it. SoHo has a number of ethnic bars and restaurants, and off-the-beaten-track Knutsford Terrace is popular for its open-fronted bars and cafes.

Live music has become a standard feature of so many restaurants, cocktail lounges and bars in Hong Kong so actively seeking it out is seldom necessary. The Fringe Club is Hong Kong's most well-known venue for all things alternative and live acts can be seen here on most weekends. As the night wears on, most of Hong Kong's small bars tend to evolve into raucous nightclubs. Trendy dance clubs impose a strict dress code and often only grant entrance to members.

Those looking for a quieter night out may enjoy seeing Chinese opera, performed at City Hall in Central and the Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Hong Kong Ballet Company and various theatre groups also stage performances throughout the year, though the highlight of the arts calendar is definitely the Hong Kong Arts Festival in February and March.

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