Historic, friendly, hassle-free, unpretentious and international, The Wanch is quite simply a Hong Kong institution. It has been the home of live music in Hong Kong since 1987, offering original music showcase nights, the top local covers bands and jam sessions. Live music every night, never any cover charge.
Prior to becoming The Wanch, the premises were occupied by the ‘Diamond Bar’ topless nightclub, whose “business” was typical of Wanchai District after 1960s reclamation and the Vietnam War brought girlie bars and the world of Suzie Wong to the area. This aspect of Wanchai’s history is reflected in The Wanch’s logo, which consists of Chinese brush lettering over a red Chinese lantern.
The central area of the bar is styled on the Star Ferries that have plied the ever-narrowing waterway between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon peninsula since 1888. The west wall represents the elevation of a Hong Kong Tram and is even fitted with original tram seats. The east wall pays tribute to the films made in Hong Kong during the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, with original lobby posters and prints from classic movies including ‘Ferry To Hong Kong’, ‘Hong Kong Affair’ and ‘Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing’.
Elsewhere, the walls are decorated with a mixture of very old photographs of Hong Kong and music posters that reflect The Wanch’s iconic status at the heart of Hong Kong’s music scene.