Hong Kong's Best Bars
29 July 2016
We love the nightlife here in Hong Kong, but with so many bars to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Our expert Sarah Richard has picked the best of the bunch, whatever the occasion.
Best for alfresco drinking:
While Hong Kong is home to many an alfresco bar, there aren’t any quite as convenient as Aberdeen Street Social, situated slap-bang in the middle of Sheung Wan and Central. With a large outdoor area on the ground floor and a more formal outdoor balcony on top, their British-inspired cocktail menu with creative twists consistently earns them the title of one of the city’s best cocktail bars.
G/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
Best happy hour:
Happy Hours in Hong Kong are huge but we head to Oolaa more often than not, mostly due to the Super Happy Hour, where drinks start at $40 and there is a free tapas bar buffet for all. Oh, and ladies: on Wednesdays it’s free Prosecco for you from 5 to 7pm!
G/F, Centre Stage, 108 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
Best for weekends:
Hidden among the swanky bars and five-star hotels is this laid-back underground style jaunt inspired by bars found in Portland, Brooklyn and San Francisco. The jukebox is one of the many charms and the staff are regularly compared to the Coyote Ugly girls. Come here if you want to party and dance the night away.
13 Old Bailey Street, Central
Best live music:
We admit, Hong Kong is lacking in a variety of live music venues; however, Peel Fresco saves us every time with its live jazz, blues, rock and open-mic nights. Be sure to check the website as the schedule changes all the time.
49 Peel Street, Central
For special occasions:
Savour a drink amidst the clouds at Ozone, a sky bar and lounge located atop The Ritz-Carlton, that also holds the title as the highest bar in the world. If you can stomach the dizzying heights of 118 floors this is certainly a place to celebrate.
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West
Best beach bar:
Yes, we do have beach bars in Hong Kong, and they’re every bit as good as ones in the tropics. Limewood in Repulse Bay fulfils all your beach dreams with cocktails, beers and snacks, all just a moment away from the white sand.
103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay
Best hidden spot:
A local secret, this bar has seen the start (and end!) of many good nights. Find the green doors with the curtains, knock and wait patiently for a member of staff to let you in. Once inside, comfy sofas and bar stools await, along with the best chocolate-covered strawberry daiquiri in town!
2857 2586 | 9-11 Staunton Street
Best rooftop bar:
One of the newest and most talked about rooftop bars in Hong Kong due to its sheer size (it has two rooftops and plenty of outside seating), comfort and undisturbed views from 26 floors above Causeway Bay, this is without a doubt the best bar to watch the fireworks and light show.
26/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay
Best to take visitors:
Visitors are usually on the lookout for somewhere not too crowded, a big enough area to sit, a great drinks list and a cool atmosphere. Ping Pong has this plus more. Head here and wow your friends with huge gin and tonics in a secretive location.
Nam Cheong Lau, 135 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun
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