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This Hong Kong institution has been hosting free live music since 1978, supporting both local and international groups playing everything from classic and modern rock to folk and jazz. It pays tribute, too, to local history, with old photographs of the former colony, posters from movies like "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," and Star Ferry and tram memorabilia, including original tram seats. But what I especially like about this place is that despite being in a somewhat seedy area known for strip shows and pickup bars, The Wanch is all about the music, making everyone from oldsters to hipsters feel welcome, including women traveling solo. Live music begins around 8:30 or 9:30pm (check the website; sometimes there are concerts back-to-back), with weekly events including jam night on Mondays, acoustic on Tuesdays, and laid-back folk and classic rock from 4pm on Sundays. Happy hour stretches until 9pm, but considering that music is free, this place is a bargain even later than that