Nightlife in Kowloon boasts a whole host of rooftop bars that take full advantage of breath-taking views across the bay to Hong Kong Island. In fact, even frequent visitors are unlikely to have been to all the rooftop bars in the area, but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy your nights out in Kowloon.
You can hit bustling night markets, sing your heart out to live music or even take to the water to see Hong Kong from a completely different angle. All these options, and so much more, make up the best of Kowloon’s nightlife options. To give you a helping hand, we have listed our favourite night time attractions in Kowloon below.
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Eyebar is one of our favourite rooftop bars in Hong Kong. Despite its fairly squat 30 storey view (in Hong Kong terms), this cool spot has plenty of seating with clear views of Hong Kong’s Islands greatest attribute, the cityscape as seen at night from Kowloon. The bar has sweeping 270 degree views of Victoria Bay and is a firm favourite as a go-to place to show visitors the neon-toned spectacle. Eyebar has a large decking area outside, and an impressive menu of tasty cocktails and modern European bistro food. Those feeling extra peckish should head indoors to the Cantonese seafood restaurant Nanhai No 1. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:30 - 02:00
- Location: 30th floor, iSquare Shopping Mall, 63 Nathan Rd., Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2487 3988
This nightly spectacle is a riot of colourful lasers synchronised with music and takes advantage of Hong Kong’s wonderful cityscape. In total, 44 buildings are part of the show, which takes place at 20:00 every night. It’s shamelessly touristic and if it’s your first time in Hong Kong you will no doubt want to witness this most famous of skylines lit up with colour. You can watch the show from the boardwalk on the water’s edge, or go classy by finding a high vantage point at one of Kowloon’s rooftop bars. Read More...
The largest night market in Hong Kong and also the best place to pick up souvenirs, Temple Street is incredibly popular. The walkways are always packed with shoppers and there is a great range of items to buy. Fashion and accessories, electronics, children’s toys and copied designer gear to name but a few. Walk from Mongkok MTR Station. Temple Street Night Market starts from 18:00 until 23:00. Read More...
Aqua Spirit is one of the most sophisticated bars in Kowloon, located on the 29th and 30th floors of the One Peking Building. Whilst most lofty bars in Hong Kong rely on good views and drinks to win over punters, Aqua Spirit takes things to a whole new level, with one of the most incredible interior spaces you’ll ever see in a bar – anywhere in the world. The two-story venue is comprised of two spaces; a fine-dining restaurant on the 29th floor and an equally lavish bar area above. There’s no outdoors terrace, but the breathtaking floor-to-ceiling windows slant at an angle across the entire length of the venue, making for an incredible frame to Hong Kong’s skyline across the water. For a chilled drink in exclusive surroundings, we highly recommend Aqua Spirit. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sun 16:00 - 02:00
- Address: Level 29 + 30F, One Peking Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 3427 2288
Ozone is the ‘highest bar in the world’ and while it’s undeniably a bit touristy, the interior design is stunning and the bragging rights of sipping a cocktail 118 floors above the earth are too tempting to miss for most visitors. The almost-cyber interior of black marble, purple furnishings and mood lighting is impressive, while out on the terrace things are kept more simple to keep attention focused on the bird’s eye view (although there is a thick pane of glass separating guests from the stunning vista). To sit
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00 Daily
- Address: 118th floor, Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2263 2263
Aqua Luna Cruise
This 45-minute night time cruise on a reconstructed Chinese junk boat is an exceedingly popular way to see the bright lights of Hong Kong. The route around Victoria Harbour takes in the classic sites on both shores while guests sip on their complementary cocktail and laze back on comfy seats. This tour can be booked from Kowloon or Hong Kong pier, although boarding from Kowloon will mean you get on first to get the pick of the seats and you will be the last to disembark. The tour costs HK$195-285 depending on the time (it costs more to sail during the Symphony of Lights performance). Reservations a day or two in advance are advised.
- Opening Hours: 17:30 – 22:45
- Location: Board from Tsim Sha Tsui Pier 1 Kowloon or Pier 9 in Central.
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
Ned Kelly’s was famously the first Jazz bar in Asia and remains Hong Kong’s oldest bar. If this isn’t enough to draw your interest, it also plays some of the best live music in Hong Kong seven nights a week. Named after the famous Aussie outlaw, you can expect some antipodean touches throughout the dimly lit saloon, such as framed rugby jerseys and posters, but most of all, a carefree, friendly vibe. The house band plays swing jazz every night from 21:00. Find Ned Kelly’s Last Stand on Ashley Road on Ashley Road, walking distance from Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station.
- Opening Hours: 11:30 – 02:30 daily
- Address: Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, 11A Ashley Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
- Tel: +852 2376 0562
Kowloon’s most popular German bar and restaurant, Biergarten, serves an enormous range of imported beer both in the bottled and draft form, with half a litre of Bitburger 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 pork knuckles with sauerkraut – the ultimate fill.
- Opening Hours: 12:00-02:00 daily
- Location: No.5 Hanoi Road, TST, Kowloon
- Tel: +85 2721-2302
Funky and stylish, W Hotel knows how to do a lobby bar better than the rest and Woo Bar HK is no exception. Modish, sensual interiors and huge house pours bring the ladies in (especially on Fridays when it’s HKL$300 for free flow drinks all night), which in turns attracts the after-office crowd of guys. Sexy lounge house keeps toes tapping, without it ever turning into a rave. The mixologists at Woo Bar really know their stuff – whether a martini or a Bellini, they’re always on point. A menu of lite bites is also available.
Felix at Peninsula
Felix is a swanky collection of a restaurant, bar and dance space on top of the ever-so-fancy Peninsula Hong Kong. Designed by the legendary Philippe Starck, it comprises a restaurant serving modern, creative 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 from the 28th floor have to be seen to be believed.
- Opening Hours: Daily 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: Peninsula Hotel
- Tel: (852) 2315 3188