Hong Kong gets a new live­house

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The buzz: We’ve long been whin­ing about our city’s droop­ing live mu­sic scene, and some­one’s heard our prayers. En­ter 1563, the city’s lat­est live house.

The name de­rives from a go-to Can­topop chord pro­gres­sion, and the em­pha­sis here is on Can­topop and Canto-in­die, with live mu­sic ev­ery Tues­day-Sun­day from 7pm. Mu­sic themes change ev­ery day of the week, from “Wild Wild West” on Wed­nes­days—ded­i­cated to English songs—to “Who Don’t Sing” on Thurs­days and Fri­days, when the au­di­ence is in­vited on stage to sing along.

The decór: The place is huge—it has a spa­cious din­ing area, a full stage, a hand­ful of VIP rooms and an out­door sit­ting area. In­side, the restau­rant part oozes an old-school Hong Kong vibe, with blue and purple lights shin­ing on the stage, and a small bar on the side. A boom­ing sound sys­tem pumps out the tunes— although if you’re eat­ing din­ner some­times you have to scream over your food to make your­self heard. If you’re look­ing for a chat and some fresh air, take the se­cluded pas­sage­way next to the bar to ar­rive at the ter­race out­side, where you can drink al­fresco on the red couches look­ing out onto the neigh­bor­ing rooftop bars across the road.

The drinks: With a slice of red ap­ple perched on the rim of the glass, the Lit­tle Ap­ple ($108)—named for the crazily pop­u­lar 2014 Chi­nese-Korean pop song— is great for a fruity starter, with a dash of el­der­flower syrup shin­ing through the sum­mery con­coc­tion of Gor­don’s gin, grape­fruit and lime juice. The naugh­tily named Juicy Nip­ple ($108) doesn’t dis­ap­point ei­ther: Two fresh rasp­ber­ries (get it?) sit atop a pale pink pyra­mid of rasp­berry vodka and pas­sion­fruit slush, adding a cheek-puck­er­ing tang to the ex­otic fruiti­ness. Don’t make light of the Cho­co­holic ($118) just be­cause it smells like choco­late milk—it’s one of the stronger cock­tails on the menu. The cof­fee bit­ter­ness of Kahlua coun­ter­acts the tart cit­rus taste of Grand Marnier, with a sprin­kle of Go­diva choco­late pow­der on top de­liv­er­ing a sweet­ness at the end.

Why you’ll be back: For­get about wings or pop­corn—1563 takes in­spi­ra­tion from dai pai dongs on its late-night menu, with the likes of Tai-O shrimp paste chicken wing lol­lipops ($108) show­ered in a gen­er­ous bath of toasted gar­lic bits, and spicy ty­phoon shel­ter-style fries ($68) with a light man­golime sauce. And with live tunes ev­ery night they’re open, there’s no rea­son not to swing back.

6/F, Hopewell Cen­tre, 183 Queen’s Rd. East, Wan Chai, 2323-2538.

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