10 Best Bars and Pubs in Hong Kong 2016
Hong Kong’s Best Bars
This list of the best bars in Hong Kong is by no means exhaustive, but each of the venues we have picked are fantastic places to sample a few drinks, meet up with friends and enjoy a great night out. The epicentre of the bar scene in Hong Kong revolves around the downtown area of Central, with the fancy bars of SoHo and the always-pumping streets of Lan Kwai Fong featuring prominently. But there are also some old and new favourites picked from far and wide. The up-and-coming areas of Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun are represented, as is Kowloon on the opposite side of the harbour.
Whether you are looking for a swanky cocktail bar, an old-fashioned boozer or the latest bar concept, you can be assured that Hong Kong has something for you. Take a look at our favourite bars in Hong Kong.
NOTE: Also check out the Best Rooftop Bars in Hong Kong here.
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1Quinary Central (SoHo)0
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.
2Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria Sheung Wan0
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 17:00 - 02:00 (closed Sundays)
- Address: 58 Hollywood Rd, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2851 3223
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.
3Stockton Central (Lan Kwai Fong)0
- Opening Hours: Tues - Sun 18:00 – 23:00 (closed Mondays)
- MRT: Sai Ying Pun
- Address: LG/F, Nam Cheong House, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 9158 1584
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!
4Smuggler’s Inn Stanley0
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Address: 32 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2565 5268
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.
5Lily & Bloom Central (Lan Kwai Fong)0
- Opening Hours: 10:00 - 24:00 (until 01:00 on weekends)
- Address: 90A Stanley Main Street, Stanley
- Tel: +852 2813 8852
One of Lan Kwai Fong’s busiest drinking spots (making it one of the busiest bars in Hong Kong), Lily & Bloom is a two storey bar and restaurant that must be part of a bar-hopping night out in Central Hong Kong. The bar, Lily, is located on the second floor and gets rammed with a happy mix of locals, expats and visitors. The bare brick and brushed concrete interior is smart and modern while the happy hour deal of HK$5 for your first drink is a runaway success. Regular drinks are still great value at HK$45.
6Ned Kelly's Last Stand Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui)0
- Opening Hours: 12:00 - 02:00 (11:00 - 16:00 on Sundays)
- Address: 5th and 6th floor, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central
- Tel: +852 2810 6166
Officially Hong Kong’s oldest bar, we can’t help returning here time and again when in Kowloon as the live Dixie jazz music is always on point, the drinks are reasonable and you can usually get a table for your whole gang. The bar is friendly and welcoming, but we feel that the house band, The China Coast Jazzmen, are the reason for Ned Kelly’s Last Stand’s continued success. On the first Sunday of every month a 20 piece big band plays from March to September.
7Botanicals Bar at The Pawn Wan Chai0
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 02:30 daily
- Address: Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, 11A Ashley Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2376 0562
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.
8Mrs. Pound Sheung Wan0
- Opening Hours: 17:00 - 01:00 daily (open till 02:00 on weekends)
- Address: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2866 3444
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.
9Geronimos Shot Bar Hong Kong Central (Lan Kwai Fong)0
- Opening Hours: 12:00 – 23:00
- Address: 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3426 3949
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)
10Salon De Ning Kowloon (Tsim Sha Tsui)0
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 04:00
- Address: 2/F Winner Building, 27-39 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
- Tel: +852 2833 9951
Located on the ground floor of The Peninsula Hong Kong, this oh-so-swanky lounge bar makes up for being inside a hotel with an excellent design concept and an accomplished house band and DJs playing lounge house on weekends. The Salon De Ning brand is found in several Peninsula Hotels around the world, each following the same whimsical, art deco theme of a chic 1930s boudoir (think rich velvet, heavy drapes and ornate furnishings). There are private rooms available, each with its own theme, be it African bush tent or a chalet in the Alps. Be aware, this one is pricey with cocktails starting from HK$125 and up, although
- Opening Hours: Tues - Sat 20:00 – 02:00 (closed Sundays and Mondays)
- Address: Peninsula Arcade, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2696 6705
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