For those who appreciate quick wit and sarcasm, this might just be the best activity for you! Here are all the places you can watch stand-up comedy in Hong Kong
Tired of going to the cinema to watch the latest blockbuster every Friday? You should have a look at these live jazz venues and karaoke bars, or sign up for some creative courses in Hong Kong for a change of scenery. And if you fancy a great laugh, jokes are funnier when you hear them in person! We’ve scouted out the best places to watch stand-up comedy in Hong Kong. Whether you’re into lousy bad jokes or satirical humour, there’ll surely be something for you to chuckle about at these comedy clubs.
Where to watch stand-up comedy in Hong Kong
1. Hong Kong Fringe Club
If you’re looking for art exhibitions and stand-up comedy in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Fringe Club has to be on your radar. Being the ultimate cultural hub in the city, they host a myriad of shows, including comedy nights!
Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2521 7251, 中環下亞厘畢道2號
2. TakeOut Comedy Club
The Takeout Comedy Club has been one of the most prominent institutions for local comedic talent since 2007. As the first full-time comedy club in Asia, they hold regular English and Chinese stand-up comedy, including professional shows with American comedians, improv shows with Peoples Liberation Improv, as well as hosting the annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival.
TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, p. 6220 4436, 中環蘇豪伊利近街34號
We love Mudita, but did you know it’s not just a cool bar that hosts regular live music acts and DJs? Nah-uh! This hip spot on Ice House Street also regularly houses some of Hong Kong’s best stand-up comedy events that are guaranteed to have you getting your giggle on in no time. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for deets.
Read our full review of Mudita.
Mudita, 24-30 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2810 9902
4. Bar 109
It’s Comedy Night every Monday at Bar 109! Not only can you enjoy its stand-up comedy shows in both English and Cantonese, it’s also open mic night – feel free to participate and tell your funny story. Remember, the show starts at 8.30pm sharp.
Bar 109, G/F, 109 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2861 3336, 灣仔駱克道109號地下
5. P&P Pinco Pallino
Italian restaurant P&P Pinco Pallino in Sheung Wan hosts irregular open-mic and comedy performances, and they’ve done one in collaboration with the fund-raising event Drink for Justice. Even though it was a one-off event, we hope there will be more in the future, as you won’t want to miss their tasty wine!
P&P Pinco Pallino, G/F, 6 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9153 7186, 上環普仁街6號
6. The Aftermath
Yes, their quiz nights are hella fun and so are their open-mic comedy nights. The Aftermath regularly hosts comedy nights where performers get a free drink – y’know just starting it on the right note. Follow their Facebook page for updates on events and timings.
The Aftermath, Sunny Building, Lower Ground Floor, 57-59 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
7. Bobby’s Rabble
The regular comedy show, Comedy Unpopped, makes its way downtown at Bobby’s Ramble every now and then. They host individual comedians as well as groups of ladies and gents, including Bitches in Stitches. Follow their Facebook page or Instagram for updates on events and timings.
Bobby’s Rabble, G/F, 46 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 9165 6144
8. The Wild Lot
This experimental and collaborative creative space is where one kicks back, gets creative, and expresses oneself, such as with The Wild Lot’s Wild Comedy nights. The show starts sharp at 8pm and the entrance fee comes with a free drink. An hour of laughter, drinks, and escapism to end the day because, why not?
The Wild Lot, Shop B, G/F 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Tamarind (NOW CLOSED)
The Punchline Comedy Club presents a great selection of comedy shows at Pan-Asian restaurant Tamarind in Wan Chai. You’ll be granted a view of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline, delicious Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisine, and a night of laughter, no matter what the show, so keep an eye on Facebook for details.
Tamarind, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2827 7777, 灣仔港灣道30號新鴻基中心2樓
The Riff (NOW CLOSED)
Nestled away in the swanky California Tower, The Riff is the newest comedy space to launch in town and it’s Hong Kong’s only full-time comedy venue. We love everything about this spot, from the New York jazz club-vibe to the international and local acts. As they wait for their liquor license, the joint is BYO, but they have a stellar line-up of drinks for when they get the green light: drinks & comedy – what more could you want?
The Riff, 8/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Hong Kong, p. 2388 8583