Where to Go at Night in Kowloon
Hong Kong nightlife is no shrinking violet in Asia's club scene – on the contrary, it's hopping and a very lively scene. In a town where even the restaurants don't think about closing until 02:00 you can expect a lot to do after the sun goes down.
In summer, when drinking holes become too crowded, people simply spill out onto the street, lending a carnival-like atmosphere. Clubs range from sophisticated, hi-so scenes, to 'anything goes' places where it doesn't matter what you wear or who you are. Kowloon, just across the water from Hong Kong Island, boasts a whole host of lively bars, clubs, pubs and stunning rooftop bars that take advantage of the jaw-dropping skyline in the horizon.
Below, take a look at all of our listing Kowloon nightlife in Hong Kong, all of which includes opening times, map locations and telephone numbers for reservations.
Usually referred to as simply 'Aqua', many claim that the views here out over Hong Kong's nightscape are even better than at Felix – and that's saying something. Also heralded as one of the best bars in the world by those in the business - as well as the thousands of impressed tourists that make it here every year - decor follows a lavish red-on-black theme, yet the main attraction here will always remain those views across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Island. Drinks are expensive so it's not the place to get round after round in unless you're feeling particularly flushed, and you can also order food in one of the two superb downstairs restaurants.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 02:00
- Address: Level 30, 1 Peking Road
- Tel: (852) 3427 2288
Kowloon’s most popular German bar and restaurant serves an enormous range of imported beer both in the bottled and draft form, with half a litre of Bigburger starting at just $50 during happy hours. An authentic German vibe is helped along by the wooden bar and cosy booths, as well as plenty of German artwork and advertising memorabilia hanging on the walls. Soak up a hard night’s worth of drinking with one of their signature sausages with mash, or go for the pork knuckle with sauerkraut for the ultimate fill.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-02:00 daily
- Address: No.5 Hanoi Road, TST, Kowloon
- Tel: +85 2721-2302
This upmarket Irish pub is in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui. Decorated in old-world style with vintage posters and photographs, its convivial atmosphere gets an extra boost through free weekly events, such as Tuesday quiz night with prizes and a DJ on Thursday and Friday nights. Lots of Pub grub and happy hour is from 17:00 – 21:00 daily; open hours are daily from 08:00- 02:00.
- Address: 71-77 Peking Road
- Tel: (852) 2301 3980
Nightlife in Kowloon boasts a whole host of rooftop bars that take full advantage of breathtaking views across the bay to Hong Kong Island, and one of the best of the bunch is Eyebar. Sitting pretty thirty floors up at iSquare in Tsim Sha Tsui, this ever-so swanky spot has double height windows (so you can admire the views whilst sitting inside), a plush outside terrace complete with telescopes, and an impressive menu of tasty cocktails and modern European bistro food. Those feeling extra peckish (and in the mood to splash out even more) should head next door to the equally lavish ‘Nanhai No 1’ – a Michelin-starred seafood restaurant attached to Eyebar.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – late daily
- Address: 30F, iSquare, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2487 3988
Located in the posh Peninsula Hotel, Felix lives up to its surrounding by being swank, pretentious and unabashedly 'been there, done it' material. Designed by the ubiquitous and iconic Philippe Starck, it comprises a restaurant serving Pacific Rim cuisine, a balcony, a wine bar, an American Bar and, as the centrepiece, a Perspex box containing a dance floor known as the Crazy Box. The views (especially from the men's urinals…) have to be seen to be believed.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: Peninsula Hotel
- Tel: (852) 2315 3188
Although more of a restaurant than a bar, Harlan’s on the 19th floor of ‘The One’ building stays open late, and has some absolutely stunning views across the bay to Hong Kong Island, meaning it’s a great nightlife spot in our book. You can prop up the bar and explore their long list of classic cocktails (from $100) all night long, although to get a table outside you’ll have to folk out some more serious cash for a slap up meal. Failing that, a more economical option is to come on a weekday between 15:00 – 17:30 for their special afternoon tea set (along with that view), costing $240 for 2 people.
- Opening Hours: Daily 12:00 – 00:30
- Location: Harlan's, One The One Ltd, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2972 2222
The highly popular Ladies Market is a great place to come for a range of cheap fashion, including a range of clothing (for both men and women – despite its name), as well as accessories, shoes and bags. In recent years, this once locals’-only-market has seen an explosion of tourism, and kilometer of road designated for the 100 or so stalls can get pretty packed. Bargaining is expected and the market runs seven days per week. Find it by heading to Mong Kok MTR Station and walk along Nelson Street for two blocks.
- Address: Tung Choi Street
Ozone @ Ritz Carlton Hong Kong
Towering 118 stories above Hong Kong, Ozone at The Ritz Carlton was officially the highest bar in the world when it opened a few years ago. Sipping cocktails almost half-a-kilometre above the ground can only fully be appreciated when you’re outside, and the gorgeous terrace at Ozone provides the perfect place to do just that. Whilst the views are breathtaking, those with a keen eye for design will be just as impressed with the decor inside; the long and narrow bar glows with yellow, purple and pink lights, whilst fancy features like floor to ceiling windows, chandeliers and plush sofas are also in no short supply. The bar does a study range of signature cocktails and Asian-inspired tapas – obviously more than you’d pay if you weren’t sat amongst the clouds over Hong Kong.
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 daily
- Address: 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2263 2263
Ned Kelly's Last Stand
This is the oldest pub in Hong Kong and it has a natural warm, cosy atmosphere. There is an excellent house jazz band that plays everything from Dixie to Bebop. The 20-piece Ned Kelly's Big Band plays on the first Sunday of every month from March to September. Serves Australian food.
- Address: 11 Ashley Road
- Tel: (852) 2376 0562
Basement bar – usually very busy and noisy. One of the most popular places in town with live music and DJ's and lots of locals. The downside is that at the weekends you'll more than likely have to queue to get in.
- Address: 4 Hart Avenue Tsim Sha Tsui
- Tel: (852) 2367 2939
Temple Street Night Market
One of the most popular things to do at night in Kowloon is to take a visit to the peninsula’s most vibrant night market on Temple Street. You’ll find all your usual Asian market favorites such as street food to clothing, antiques, souvenirs, electronics, accessories and household items. Although what’s on sale doesn’t really set Temple Street Night market apart from any other, the real draw here is the lively atmosphere created as traders haggle with passing customers, smells of freshly prepared Chinese food fill the air and street performers entertain the huge crowds of both locals and tourists. The market can be found just outside Tsim Sha Tsui and the closest MTR is Jordan.
- Location: Location: Junction of Kansu Street and Battery Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Anybody who is planning a visit to Hong Kong will have inevitably seen an image of the iconic view across the Victoria Harbor, with Hong Kong Island and its gleaming skyscrapers towering above in the background. One of the best spots to come for that picture-postcard view is Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, located at the tip of Kowloon peninsula and directly accessible via East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station. As well as admiring the spectacular scenery, the area is also home to Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Hong Kong Space Museum, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Avenue of Stars and a pretty colonial-era clock tower. Entrance varies between each of these attraction, but walking up and down the promenade is completely free, making this one of the most popular things to do at night in Kowloon.
- Location: L'Avenue des Stars, Hong Kong
WOO Bar - W Hotel
Few nightspots in Kowloon tick all the boxes like Woo Bar, an ultra-stylish venue located in the equally sexy W Hotel Hong Kong. In keeping with ‘Woobars’ and the W brand across the world, decor is loud and brash, with bright primary colours set against a shimmering black bar creating an impressive space. Trained mixologists mix some of the best cocktails around whilst resident DJs spin smooth house, hip hop, funk and lounge. They also run special DJ, fashion and VIP events too, which sees what is essentially a lobby bar transform into a nightclub.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-02:00
- Address: 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon Station, Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 37172889