Armani/Privé Rooftop Bar
Being under the direction of the official Giorgio Armani Group and boasting an exclusive located right in the heart of Hong Kong’s central business district, there’s no guessing what’s in store here: glamour, and lots of it. Although the views from the outside terrace aren’t particularly far reaching, the looming skyscrapers overhead do make for a pretty cool place to enjoy some fancy cocktails. The real sophistication is inside, however, with Armani/Privé combing a bar and restaurant with lots of swanky features like an incredible glowing orange bar, walls decked in LCD screens and plush seating lit by electronic candle light. Cocktails are as inventive as the decor but you will be paying around $130 upwards a pop.
- Opening Hours: Daily 16:00 – 03:00 (Sundays 14:00 – 21:00)
- Address: 3 F Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3583 2828
Coming at Beijing Club feels like you’ve arrived to the epicentre of the clubbing scene in Hong Kong. Located smack-bang in the middle of the island’s main nightlife district of Lan Kwai Fan (Central, Hong Kong Island), the three floors of dance rooms cater for hundreds of revellers, although often some floors will be closed off to create a more intimate feel on quieter nights. As well as three big bars, several swanky seating areas and numerous DJ booths, the club is tripped out with huge LCD screens set against contemporary Chinese murals, whilst the state-of-the-art sound system and visuals are good enough to satisfy even the most seasoned of ravers. Open Tuesdays to Saturday from 22:30 with free entry for ladies most nights (men pay $200-400 but get a free drink!).
- Opening Hours: Tues-Sat: 22:30 - late
- Address: 2/F-5/F, Wellington Plaza, 2-8 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2526 8298
Boca Tapas and Wine Bar
The name is self-explanatory enough; Bocas is on street level and especially enjoyable in summer when customers can sit outside, enjoying the evening breeze and the views. Background music ranges from funky flamenco to lively acid jazz, while the décor and design are suitably impressive. The round-edged bar and banquettes add a sophisticated touch to the place while bright colour schemes liven up the overall feel. And the drinks? With an 80-label wine list and a good cocktail choice you're not going to go wrong here.
- Address: 65 Peel Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2548 1717
Botanicals Bar at The Pawn
Occupying one of Wan Chai’s most famous buildings, The Pawn is making waves with a restaurant, bar and cocktail lounge that is extremely popular with the after work crowd in the area. The upstairs terrace is split between a gastropub theme where you can watch the trams rolling along Johnston Road, and Botanicals, a sophisticated bar. The Pawn wouldn’t seem out of place in the trendiest parts of SoHo and has prices to match (cocktails cost HK$90-120), but if you are looking for a bit more style than your average bar in Wan Chai then this is the place. A DJ plays on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. One of the reasons we like this bar so much is the building itself. The Pawn building dates back to 1888 and is a publicly listed building so drinking here allows you to soak up a bit of living history along with the award winning cocktails.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00 daily (open till 02:00 on weekends)
- Location: Wan Chai
- Address: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2866 3444
Bulldog's Bar & Grill
A real down-home pub, without the actual sawdust on the floors, Bulldogs still looks a lot like an ale house back home, and as such attracts a lot of nostalgic clientele. It features a fairly large inside space and has a wide selection of European and Australian lagers. Major sporting events are televised here – both Australian and British – and their selection of British and Australian pub food is some of the best in town.
- Address: G/F, 17 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2523 3528
Formerly known as Prive Club, Bungalow in the popular Lan Kwai Fon area is one of the top nightclubs in Hong Kong, and welcomes a mixed crowd of young locals, expats, glamorous models and fashionistas, as well as a splattering of tourists. The vibe of each night here varies depending on the event; expect sponsored nights with lots of drinks flowing and photo-shoots, as well as one off DJ international events for those more serious about their dance music. The undeniable swanky club is comprised of the basement floor of Century Square with a dance floor, private seating areas, two bars and a main DJ booth. Dress code leans more towards smart than casual.
- Opening Hours: Generally 18:00 – 04:00
- Address: Basement, Century Square, 1-13 D'Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2810 8199
Carnegies is a chilled pub on Lockhart Road which gets packed with the after work crowd thanks to the excellent HK$25 weekday happy hour between 18:00 and 19:00, plus other daily specials. There’s also a full range of pub grub if you need to soak up all those happy hour drinks. The lively bar area is a friendly place to drop into conversation and with 70s and 80s classics on the stereo you could be in any western city; perfect for the homesick amongst you. On weekends it can get fairly boisterous in Carnegies, no doubt helped by the longest shot menu in Hong Kong with 336 separate items to choose from.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 01:00
- Address: 53-55 Lockhart Road, Wanchai
- Tel: +852 2866 6289
Ce La Vi Hong Kong
Ce La Vi Hong Kong opened in August 2015 to a storm of attention. This sophisticated venue combines a nightclub, restaurant and al fresco cocktail bar, offering a full-on night out for Hong Kong’s socialites and party set. This famous nightlife brand (formerly Ku De Ta until legal issues in early 2015) has a growing collection Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:00-03:00
- Location: California Tower, D’Aguilar Street, Central
Club 18 opened in 2013 in the very heart of Hong Kong’s lively Central district. Despite high rents in this affluent part of town, management have set out to keep price of drinks and entrance fees low, setting Club 18 aside from the rest of the slightly more mainstream completion nearby. Music policy here also leans towards the more underground scene, with some of the best up and coming DJs taking to the decks, flying in from all over the world to keep the crowd dancing into the early hours. Decor, however, is more like your typical Central club, with its neon purple floor, plush plastic-looking VIP booths and shiny walls helping to reflect the laser beams across the dance floor.
- Opening Hours: 23:00-late depending on event
- Location: G/F Car Po Commercial Building, 18 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +85 2796 8830
In stark contrast to Hong Kong’s aesthetically conscious high-rise bars and plethora of swanky new lounges, the small and slightly dingy Club 71 has its priorities elsewhere. Heralded as one of the city’s best dive bars, this popular spot has become a mini-institution for the island’s writers, artists, political activists and academics who often come to wind down over a few drinks. The atmosphere is friendly and drinks are reasonably priced for this part of town, although a gin and tonics is about as fancy as the cocktails get.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – late daily
- Address: 67 Hollywood Rd, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2858 7071
Coyote Mexican Bar and Grill
If you fancy a night out on Lockhart Road but don’t want any seediness usually associated with this area of Wan Chai, then Coyote Mexican Bar and Grill is a great choice. Try their frozen margaritas along with some great Tex-Mex finger food while you get down to the lively Latino tunes. Happy hour runs from 15:00 to 20:00 offering buy-one-get-one-free on all drinks.
- Address: 114-120 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2861 2221
A relative newcomer on Hong Kong’s clubbing scene is DIZZI club, part of the Magnum Entertainment Group responsible for the already well-established Magnum Club. State-of-the-art visuals and sound systems have been installed to enhance the clubbing experience, and the club welcomes some of the best local and international underground DJs to play on a weekly basis. Location is another plus factor, located right in the heart of Central at Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong’s number one nightlife area. Expect doors to open as late as 23:00, with the last revellers leaving as the sun is coming up.
- Opening Hours: 22:00-05:00 (depending on event)
- Location: 3/F, On Hing Building, No.1 On Hing Terrace, Central District, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2973 0188
With over 12 years in the game, the much-talked-about Dragon-i nightclub near Central Station is one of the longest running dance clubs on the island. Whilst many Hong Kong nightlife venues come and go – thanks in no small part to the rising rental costs in downtown Hong Kong – Dragon-i has survived the test of Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 15:00; 17:00-04:00
- Address: UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3110 1222
Now you're talking attitude – at the door or at the bar the question is 'just how hip do you think I am?' Pretty good music, attractive clientele and an intimate feel, despite the cliquish side coming out some nights but this is because everyone knows each other there and it's a small place. When it's hot it's hot and when it's not, it's most definitely not.
- Opening Hours: Tue 19:00 - 03:00, Wed - Thu 19:00 - 04:00, Fri - Sat 21:00 - 05:00, Sun 21:00 - 02:00
- Address: Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39-43 Hollywood Road (Entrance on Cochrane Street), Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2543 9230
Dusk Till Dawn Bar
Dusk Till Dawn is a live music bar in Wan Chai which keeps pumping until… dawn (what else would you expect with such a name). The talented house band handles a range of pop and rock covers and are happy to take requests for a tip. Working girls like to frequent the bar but aren’t overly pushy so it’s still a good place for a last drink when others are kicking out. Slightly sleazy, but can be a lot of fun in a bachelor party type atmosphere.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 06:00
- Address: 76 Jaffe Rd, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2528 4689
Dusk till Dawn
One of the better venues for a good evening out in Wan Chai. It attracts a mostly expat and Southeast Asian clientele, who come to take advantage of its 12:00 – 21:00 happy hour (15:00 – 21:00 on Sat and Sun), food and snack menu served until 05:00, and nightly live music starting at 22:00. Open Monday through Friday from 12:00 – 06:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 15:00 to 06:00. Pretty crowded most nights and there's a bit of flesh trading going on but nothing too unreasonable.
- Address: 76-84 Jaffe Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2528 4689
Escape Club is the largest bar and a disco in Wan Chai. Don’t expect anything as cool as can be found in neighbouring Central district, as this is more for chart hits and party pop to get the girls dancing, which in turn gets the guys drinking more. Throughout the night DJs alternate with live bands. The interior is modern and flashy, with huge graphics and LED walls with a large dancefloor and plenty of standing tables for your drinks. A simple menu is available of finger food, sandwiches and roast meats.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 03:00
- Address: East Town Building, 64 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
Fly Hong Kong
This bare-bricked, rough-around-the-edges club is the place to come for more niche dance music genres such as UK garage, dubstep, old-skool hip-hop and ambient D&B. You can sit in bucket chairs or hang out on the front porch area while you pound back the cocktails if you arrive early on, or just hit the dancefloor if you are already fueled up for the night. There is a small VIP section (this is Hong Kong, after all) or you can get a small table for your crew which are scattered throughout the room. Fly is owned by Buzz Concepts who own several other nightlife destinations, including Volar and Lil & Bloom.
- Opening Hours: 19:00 - 04:00
- Address: G/F, 24-30 Ice House St, Central
- Tel: +852 2810 9902
Fringe Club Roof Garden
Astroturf on the roof, cool drinks and good views just about sums up Fringe Club Roof Garden. The Fringe Club Bar is where the alternative arts crowd gathers for drinks and discussion. The choice of drinks might be limited but this is one of the more convivial places for a civilized evening out in Central. It is also one of the only open-air bars in the area and is considered a perfect respite from the madness going on at street level below.
- Opening Hours: Mon – Thu 12:00 – 24:00; Fri – Sat12:00 – 02:00
- Address: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2521 7251
Fu Lu Shou Bar
This hidden gem has been one of the most talked about rooftop bars amongst locals since its opening in March 2014. Whilst most lofty bars on the island specialise in gorgeous views, fancy seating and provide an altogether more refined vibe, Fu Lu Shou Bar presents a far more laidback scene. The funky outside wall art is undeniably hipster-friendly, as is the retro Chinese decor throughout the industrial-esque inside area. Meaning ‘happiness, prosperity and longevity’, Fu Lu Shou definitely succeeds in delivering on the first term, with their feel-good selection of Chinese favourites such as sweet and sour chicken and noodle broths (from $130), as well as a long and inventive range of cocktails starting at $110. Find it tucked away on Hollywood Road, a few minutes from Central Station.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:00 Daily
- Address: L7, 31 Hollywood Rd Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2336 8812
Gecko Lounge and Wine Bar
Gecko is a little hard to find – down a dark side street, under an escalator. But it's a cool and laid-back spot packed with in-the-know regulars propping up the bar counter or discussing film, art and music at the tables. Gecko features DJs or live bands - usually jazz during the week – and admittedly does get loud and this, combined with good drinks, equals a free-flowing ambience – in other words a little wild.
- Address: LG/F, Ezra Lane, Lower Hollywood Road, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2537 4680
Geronimos Shot Bar
Wild raucous fun is what’s in store at Geronimos. This second-floor bar has an open view of LKF main strip and it’s one of the best places to go if you don’t fancy dressing up but still fancy a few lively beers – and it does get lively! Happy hour runs from 17:00 to 21:00 every day when beers and cocktails are HK$50, while on Wednesdays it's free house cocktails for ladies from 19:00 to 23:00. This is also one of the very last bars to close so it's great for a last beer when you just don’t want to go home. Their legendary 15 shot challenge gives you the opportunity to have your name up in lights if you can beat the record (currently around the 12-second mark, in case you’re wondering)
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 04:00
- Location: Central (Lan Kwai Fong)
- Address: 2/F Winner Building, 27-39 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
- Tel: +852 2833 9951
‘Girly Bars’ on Lockhart Road
Despite the newer gastropubs and classy bars creeping into the area, the ageing ‘girly bars’ on Lockhart Road are still an undeniable part of Wan Chai and it would be remiss to leave them out. They are easy to spot because of the gaudy neon signs and girls sitting out front trying to entice men in. Whether this is a warning for where to avoid or a hint for where to check out, popular bars include Club Bunny, Cavalier and San Francisco. If you enter you’ll be encouraged to buy overpriced ladies’ drinks in exchange for conversation with your new ‘friend’ while watching the dancing on stage.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 03:00
- Location: Scattered down Lockhart Road
Ham & Sherry
Ultra modish wine and tapas bar Ham & Sherry is fairly tucked away on Ship Street, but well worth the time to find it if you’re looking for something trendy in Wan Chai. It’s the newest establishment by Michelin-starred Chef Jason Atherton (who also has restaurants ‘22 Ships’ and ‘Aberdeen Street Social’ to his name), and is a sort of restaurant/bar/Spanish ‘taberna’ crossover. The food is fantastic, but so too is the extensive range of wines, Sherries and signature cocktails.
- Address: 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2555 0628
Joe Bananas has played host to the rich and famous. Stars like Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Glenn Frey, Mel Gibson, Jean Claude Van Damme, Jackie Chan and recently Nicholas Cage, have all enjoyed the overwhelming party atmosphere of Joe Banana's. No one can quite put their finger on just why it is so successful – it's probably a case of being famous for being famous (or, more likely it's because it is known as a good pick up spot) but it's become an institution. Wednesday is Ladies' Night, with free drinks for women from 21:00 to 04:00.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 05:30 (live music from 20:30)
- Address: Ground Floor, The Phoenix Bldg., 23 Luard Road, Wanchai
- Tel: +852 2537 4618
This bar is mostly – but certainly not exclusively – aimed at the more mature crowd. Not to say that it's conservative – far from it, as the drinks flow and the music can get pretty hot. With Picassos on the walls and antique paintings, rugs and statues and various hidden salons to lounge in, it's a world away from the neon-lit madness outside. Classy, so dress up for it.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Thu 10:00 - 00:00, Fri - Sat 10:00 till late
- Address: 6/F, 32 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2810 9000
K-Town Bar & Grill
This smart Hong Kong nightlife spot occupies the ground floor space in what was once an old metal works, and has maintained the rustic, industrial feel with its exposed ceiling vents, worn down concrete walls and original tiled flooring. However, K-Town Bar & Grill creates a contemporary feel at the same time, with new light installations, a long leather sofa and a wide range of cocktails and modern European food served throughout the day and late into the night.
- Opening Hours: 08:00-late daily
- Address: No.44 Forbes Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 8551368
Lan Kwai Fong
Lively Lan Kwai Fong consists of a few streets in the Central area forming a rectangle that was previously used by hawkers before the Second World War. Today the zone is home to some of the best bars and clubs in Hong Kong earning itself the moniker ‘party central’. Read More...
- How to get there: To get there take a taxi or MTR to Central Station Exit D2 or the Airport Express to Hong Kong Station Exit B2. Parking is available on Arbuthnot Road.
Le Dome de Cristal
If guzzling ludicrously expensive Champagne, savouring delectable European cuisine and kicking back in overly opulent surroundings is your thing, look no further than Le Dome de Cristal. Housed in Central’s ‘The Galleria’, this is world’s first ever Cristal-branded bar, and the stunning decor here is inspired by Louis Roederer’s mansion (the producers of the exclusive bubbly), with gold, white and cream tones set around an impressive dome-shaped ceiling overhead. Tapas-style offerings like their chilli basil prawns or fried chicken tulips start at around $140, although it’s no surprise that you’ll pay more like $400 for dishes like their Alaskan crab meat with imperial caviar. Being a Cristal-themed bar, expect a vast range of old and new bottles of the exclusive brand, as well as a whole list of Champagne based cocktails starting from around $150.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 24:00 Mon – Fri (Closed Sundays)
- Address: 3/F, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2116 4688
Lily & Bloom
Part bar - part restaurant, the ultra-hip Lily & Bloom in Central Hong Kong is an unquestionably handsome venue, impressing from the moment you step in. The abundance of warm wooden tones, swish leather sofas and dark, broody lighting all draw comparisons with a speakeasy bar from prohibition America, whilst the food and drinks menu shouts more modern bistro, with the likes of roasted bone marrow, handmade pasta and raw seafood all on the menu. Embrace the atmosphere by ordering something equally as classy at the bar, such as their popular dry martini or a classic old fashioned. Dress to impress and act cool if you spot an A-list celebrity.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00 (11:00 – 16:00 on Sundays)
- Address: 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham St., Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2810 6166
If glitz, glam and bass-heavy music is your thing, then Central’s popular Magnum Club should be high up on your list of clubs to hit in Hong Kong. Staging regular parties, DJ events and themed nights, Magnum has accumulated a loyal following of party-hungry locals, although you can inevitably expect a large proportion of the crowd Read More...
- Opening Hours: 22:00 - late (depending on event)
- Address: 3-4/F, Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington Street, Lan Kwai Fong Central
- Tel: +852 2116 1602
Everyone loves a bar with a backstory and Mrs Pound has one more intriguing than most. As the story goes, the eponymous Mrs Pound was a burlesque dancer in the 60s who rose to prominence in Hong Kong and beyond, but at the height of her fame she disappeared with her lover, a wealthy businessman who gave her a stamp shop. Mrs. Pound speakeasy bar is the said stamp shop in question. The façade of this speakeasy-style restaurant and bar is disguised as a stamp shop, but this gives way to a funky restaurant-cum-cocktail bar behind. Serving Malay and pan-Asian gastro-bites and imaginative cocktails, Mrs Pound is one for the scenesters. Everything about the bar screams retro chic and although some might find it pretentious, it’s a great place for an intimate gathering or a date in Hong Kong.
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Location: Sheung Wan
- Address: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3426 3949
Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria
Ping Pong 129 is one of the coolest bars in Hong Kong, housed in the basement behind a narrow red door on Second Street just west of Sheung Wan. Head down the stairs into a huge space with bare concrete, gaudy red neon lights and mismatched furniture. This bar was formerly a ping pong hall (hence the name) and rather than refurbish the place, they have kept many of the original fittings for a part futuristic, part retro feel. Gin in its many forms is the drink of choice here, with over 40 gins and each with their own tonic and garnish. Spanish tapas bites will keep you from feeling hungry. Ping Pong 129 is undoubtedly a hipster hangout but it’s the best one in Hong Kong.
- Opening Hours: Tues - Sun 18:00 – 23:00 (closed Mondays)
- Location: Sheung Wan
- MRT: Sai Ying Pun
- Address: LG/F, Nam Cheong House, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 9158 1584
PLAY Club is one of the biggest and best dance clubs on the island, and considering the quality and quantity of nightlife in Hong Kong, that’s quite a feat. The PLAY brand originally opened up across town before recently relocating to Central, and now boasts 8,000 square feet of dance floor, three bars and a DJ Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 18:00 – 03:00; Fri-Sat 18:00 – 05:00; Sun 12:00 – 24:00
- Location: Play, 1/F, On Hing Building, 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
In the centre of Lan Kwai Fon, Hong Kong’s throbbing heart of nightlife, sits the renowned Propaganda club. Although famous for being the largest gay venue in town, this long running club has started to welcome a more diverse crowd over the years, especially those who like their music loud and bedtimes late. Also known as just ‘the club’ or ‘PP’, Propaganda only really gets going late on the weekends when the crowds spill out of the nearby bars and pack out the place (you might have to queue after 01:00 for special events). Find it on Hollywood Road, a few minutes’ walk from Central Station.
- Opening Hours: 22:00-04:00 (varies)
- Address: 1 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2868 1316
Premium Sofa Club
Occupying the same space as the legendary XXX club (which moved across town at the start of 2015), Premium Sofa Club carries on the same hipster vibes and underground music policy that its predecessor became so famous for. The name ‘Premium’ is a bit of an ‘in’ joke, and actually a dig at Hong Kong’s other ‘premium’ clubs, synonymous for their high prices, strict dress codes and mainstream pop music. The array of retro, mismatching and cheap looking sofas scattered around the club adds even more irony to its name. Clubbers missing the fun, anything-goes atmosphere of XXX Club should definitely check this place out, as well as anyone serious about their dance music or just wanting to see how young and trendy locals party in Hong Kong.
- Opening Hours: Typically 21:00-late on weekends
- Address: Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +85291751402
This good old British boozer offers a welcoming environment with the regulars propping up the bar and probably the cheapest drinks of anywhere in downtown Hong Kong, as little as HK$20. Mondays are quiz night at The Queen Victoria, while weekends are given over to English football on the telly before a DJ plays rock and pop standards from any era. Located on Lockhart Road just a few minutes’ walk from Wan Chai MTR Station, this is a one of the friendliest places in town.
- Address: 108 Lockhart Rd, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2529 7800
Quinary is king of the cocktail scene in trendy SoHo. Making delectable signature drinks which appeal to sight, smell and taste, this is where molecular gastronomy and getting tipsy meet. Blenders, juicers, evaporators, and centrifuges are being worked behind the bar to create concoctions that make you feel cooler just holding them. The menu has enough quality to keep you satisfied for repeat visits, but the skilled and smartly dressed mixologists can also make you something special if you tell them your particulars. If you love inventive cocktails and a sophisticated vibe, Quinary is the place to drink in Hong Kong.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 17:00 - 02:00 (closed Sundays)
- Location: Central (SoHo)
- Address: 58 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2851 3223
Red is located in IFC, an impressive shopping centre and despite or because of this fact it's a cool place to hang out – mostly because of the drinks and the rooftop views of Kowloon Peninsula and Victoria Harbour and the Hong Kong skyline. DJs play a smooth mixture of lounge and funk and the décor is cool and stylish.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Wed 11:30 - 00:00, Thu 11:00 - 01:00,
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 03:00, Sunday & Public Holidays 11:30 - 22:00
- Address: 4/f, ifc mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 8129 8882
This relatively new addition to the Hong Kong nightlife scene is exactly what it says say on the tin: a rocked-themed bar located in the ever-buzzing Lan Kwai Fon district. The retro 1950’s American decor, music policy and beverage list all follow in line with the Rockabilly theme: think exposed brick work, smart bartenders with their hair slicked back, neon signs, burgers and classic American cocktails - all alongside some more contemporary offering in the way of food and drink, such as their long list of imported pale ales. Check their Facebook page for their latest special events and drinks promos.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Daily
- Address: 12 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2869 0099
The Smuggler’s Inn is our favourite boozer in the seaside town of Stanley, reminiscent of an old neighbourhood pub in the UK with decent food and friendly banter up at the bar. The history of Stanley is chequered with tales of pirate ships working across the Pearl River Delta and the Smuggler’s Inn pays homage in the form of wooden crossbeams and old fashioned kegs for tables. The location, right by the waterfront, is also a massive selling point as you can watch the world go by with a cold pint in hand.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 24:00 (until 01:00 on weekends)
- Location: Stanley
- Address: 90A Stanley Main Street, Stanley
- Tel: +852 2813 8852
Vibrant Soho is Hong Kong’s premier entertainment district featuring one of the longest escalators in the world. The area includes The TakeOut (Asia’s first Comedy Club), restaurants, bars, nightclubs, antique stores and art galleries. Soho is a blend of Chinese and colonial architecture with modern additions, including the escalator and sleek restaurants. The neighbourhood draws a Read More...
- Location: SoHo, Hong Kong
- How to get there: To get to Soho take the MTR Island Line to Central Station and Exit via D2. Walk along Queen’s Road and then join the mid-levels escalator.
In Central Hong Kong, prohibition-style bars are most definitely ‘in’ right now and Stockton, just at the top of Lan Kwai Fong on Wyndham Street, is our favourite of the lot. Down a narrow passageway and up three flights of steel stairs takes you into a tiny reception room. If you pass the test a heavy drape is pulled back revealing a dimly lit cocktail bar with parquet floors, tiny tables and a few booths for those lucky enough to swoop into. On weekends, it’s mostly standing room only. The cocktails at Stockton are sublime!
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: Central (Lan Kwai Fong)
- Address: 32 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2565 5268
Due to its rather modest size many Lan Kwai Fong drinkers choose to imbibe on the street outside, especially at the weekends when this is one crowded spot. The inside is a mixture of nautical themes while upstairs, Stormies offers a surprisingly good restaurant serving up freshly caught seafood.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 12:00 - 02:00, Sun 15:00 - 00:00
- Address: G/F and 1/F, 46 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2845 5533
Sevva Rooftop Bar
This sexy Central spot is connected to the popular Sevva Restaurant at the exclusive Prince’s Building, and makes for a perfect alfresco bar to enjoy some swanky cocktails and nibbles whilst enjoying the majestic views of Hong Kong’s glistening bay. Seating is ultra-comfortable (think plush sofas taken straight from a rich playboy’s penthouse), but rather limited Read More...
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 02:00 (Closed Sundays)
- Location: Prince’s Building 25th Floor, 10 Chater Road, Central
- Tel: +852 2537 1388
Owing to Hong Kong’s penchant for playing games while getting tanked up, Tasmania Ballroom combines a swanky club environment and plenty of group games such as pool and ping pong. Happy hour deals on drinks is available between 17:00-20:00 and if you’re feeling puckish there is a short menu of dim sum and light bites provided by the Dragon-I kitchen.
The music policy gravitates around jazzy, vocal house, R’n’B, and old-skool hip-hop, which builds through the night, with bass-heavy tunes into the early hours. Located on Wyndam Street in LKF Tower, Tasmania Ballroom is well positioned if you are doing a boozy tour of the strip. There’s an outdoor terrace if you tire of the games and want to get down to some serious drinking. Tasmania Ballroom is open til 02:00 on weekdays and 03:00 on weekends.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 02:00 daily (03:00 on weekends)
- Address: LFK Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
- Tel: +852 2801 5009
The Beer Bay
Combining good views with even better beer, The Beer Bay is an excellent little stop off for visitors using the ferry crossing service, or just those in the mood for a good ale. Perched on ‘Pier 4’ near Central Hong Kong, this cute little spot serves a fine range of imported ales which come in both draft and bottled form. To give you an idea of how extensive the range is, the cheapest beers here start at $35, whilst you’ll pay around 10 times more than that for their most expensive!
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00-24:00
- Location: Pier 4, Central, Hong Kong Island
- Tel: +852 3481 7290
This British/western themed pub has over 4,000 square feet of floor space, putting it up there with some of the more spacious bars in the Hong Kong nightlife scene. The venue is the bigger and better reincarnation of their previous spot down the road, and just like its predecessor, serves a wide range of largers, ales and pub grub such as sausages, steaks, pies and soups. Decor isn’t overwhelming inspiring, though you’ll be back thanks to the warm and friendly atmosphere as well as that long list of reasonable priced drinks.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-24:00 Daily
- Address: 45-53 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2543 1941
Right by Stormies, The Keg, some say, is the least pretentious of all Lan Kwai Fongs bars. Designed like a half keg barrel, it has a good selection of beers and friendly drinkers. The bar also has something called Pressure Hour, during which you can keep drinking for half price as long as you stay out of the toilets. Good luck.
- Opening Hours: Sun - Thu 17:00 - 01:00, Fri - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
- Address: 52 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: (852) 2810 0369
This super stylish cocktail bar and restaurant is housed in one of the most famous colonial buildings in Wan Chai, which was left in a state of disrepair for a long time but is now back and drawing in the crowds. The upstairs terrace is split between a gastropub theme where you can watch the trams rolling along Johnston Road, and a classier cocktail bar. The Pawn wouldn’t seem out of place in the trendiest parts of SoHo and has prices to match (cocktails cost HK$90-120), but if you are looking for a bit more sophistication than your average bar in Wan Chai then this is the place.
- Address: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2866 3444
Quite possibly Hong Kong’s coolest club – both in terms of the decor and clientele – Volar welcomes a young, dance-hungry crowd most nights of the week who come to party the night away to a diverse range of music genres. The club, which is spread across a basement floor, enjoys a particularly good location in Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 - 06:00 (varies)
- Address: 44 D'Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2810 1510
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse & Rooftop
This steakhouse-cum-rooftop bar in Wan Chai offers some great views of Hong Kong, whether you’re tucking into your succulent steak in their fancy indoor dining area, or lapping up the cool breezes on the compact alfresco area outside. Emphasis is more on the dining in the daytime, with a huge range of cuts on the a la carte menu satisfying all meat lovers, as well as a decent two-course deal starting from $140 in the weekdays. If it’s nightlife action you’re after, hit Wooloomooo as the sun is setting and DJs take to their decks every weekend evening.
- Opening Hours: Daily 11:45 - 14:30 and 18:00- late
- Address: 31st floor, The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2893 6960
For years, XXX Gallery has been at the forefront of Hong Kong’s underground clubbing scene, popular with locals, expats and tourists wanting to get away from the commercial, sometimes overpriced venues in Lan Kwai Fong. To much dismay, the legendary basement spot closed its doors in 2014, but since then the same management has reopened XXX Gallery across town in Sheung Wan, just one block away from HKU MTR Station. Revellers can expect the same feel-good, anything-goes vibes as well continuity of their previous relaxed dress code, cheap drink prices and bass-heavy music policy encompassing a variety of genres such as techno, garage, house, hip-hop and world music.
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – late, depending on event
- Address: 353 Des Voeux Road West, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong