For many years Wan Chai was the centre of nightlife in all of Hong Kong. The collection of bars and clubs in the area, specifically on Lockhart Road, are still very popular, although this area has been overtaken by nearby Central as the real place to party. However, Wan Chai is still a popular place to grab a drink, and enjoy a live band performing pop hits, or for single men looking for a new ‘friend’ for the night. After all, Wan Chai will be forever immortalised as the setting for Richard Mason’s 1957 novel ‘The World of Suzie Wong’.
The whole area is safe and gets very busy after midnight just when other areas are winding down. If you are looking for where to party in Wan Chai, follow our list to the best bars, clubs and live music joints in the area.
Wooloomooloo Rooftop Bar
Hong Kong isn’t short of rooftop bars but this is the only one in Wan Chai, making it a logical choice for spending the night sipping cocktails, soaking up the sights and even indulging in some choice cuts of Australian steak. Comprising a stylish dining room and open-air roof terrace, it’s possible to spend the whole night at Wooloomooloo Steakhouse. The view overlooking Happy Valley Racecourse in neighboring Causeway Bay is not to be missed either.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: 31/F and Rooftop, The Hennessy Building, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai,
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.
- Location: 108 Lockhart Rd, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2529 7800
Every city has that one bar which is open later than all the others and in Hong Kong that bar is Joe Bananas. With an excellent live Filipino band rocking the stage and reasonably priced drinks, everyone overlooks the slightly sticky floor and lingering eyes from women seated around the dancefloor. In truth, the modern reincarnation of this Wan Chai legend (the bar closed briefly and reopened in 2014) is far tamer than before, but it is still a fun, lively bar and the place to go when you can’t stand your night to end.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - 05:30 (live music from 20:30)
- Location: Ground Floor, The Phoenix Bldg., 23 Luard Road, Wanchai
- Tel: +852 2537 4618
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.
- Location: 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2866 3444
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
- Location: 53-55 Lockhart Road, Wanchai
- Tel: +852 2866 6289
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
- Location: 76 Jaffe Rd, Hong Kong
- Tel: +852 2528 4689
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.
- Location: 1-7 Ship Street, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2555 0628
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.
- Location: 114-120 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai
- Tel: +852 2861 2221
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
- Location: East Town Building, 64 Jaffe Road, Wan Chai
‘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