Whether you’re visiting Hong Kong for the first time or you just want a reminder of the fantastic nightlife that the city has to offer, here is our handpicked list of the 12 best bars in town.
Why: We love 65 Peel because of its craft beer selection. It serves locally made brews with Asian bar snacks on the side to spice things up. A failsafe choice for anyone on a casual date or catching up with friends.
Where: 65 Peel Street, Central
Why: Sleek decor and cool ambience help this cool bar stand out from the crowd. It also serves a mean cocktail, though with more than 30 wine options by the glass and almost 200 by the bottle, you may prefer grape to grain here.
Where: JW Marriott Hotel, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty
Why: Suitably named for the cool feel and blue decor, the bar at the Four Seasons is famous for luxury, state-of-the-art customer service and magnificent harbour views.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central
Why: We would recommend this bar to anyone in Hong Kong, whether they’re here for a weekend or they’re a long-time resident. CÉ LA VI offers stunning rooftop views of Victoria Harbour, live music and Japanese bar bites.
Where: 25/F California Tower, 30-32 D’Aguilar Street, Central
Why: Do you like craft beer? Then this is your den. Drunkerland serves craft beers in a relaxed, casual setting with a choice of more than 100 brews from Belgium, the US, the UK and Japan. Not forgetting, of course, beers from Hong Kong.
Where: 27 Ngan Mok Street, Tin Hau
Why: Eyebar offers jaw-dropping panoramic views of Hong Kong Island with entertainment courtesy of a 'Symphony of Lights' laser show. It deserves a place on any list of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong, and the fabulous cocktails make it even better.
Where: 30/F, ISQUARE, 63 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Why: J Boroski has a simple but sexy vibe, and its barflies always dress up for the occasion. Whether you are celebrating an important occasion with your loved one or friends, we can assure you that this bar offers the perfect atmosphere to have a good time.
Where: Ezra’s Lane, Central
Why: This is another of our favourites. It is among the busiest pubs in Hong Kong and, like all the best pubs, it is full of people of all ages who have come to have a good time. The food is pretty decent, too.
Where: 33 Wyndham Street, Central
Why: Pirata is a popular spot for delicious Italian food washed down with cocktails. The drinks list might be small but it’s perfectly formed, so you know that whatever you order, it will be a winner.
Where: 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Why: True to its name, you will find the entrance to this bar concealed behind a phone booth – a fun touch that never fails to make us smile. The cocktail list is equally pleasing, mixing home-grown creations from Hong Kong with ideas imported from New York City.
Where: The Landmark Hotel, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central
Why: This bar is considered be the best place for a cocktail in SoHo. It is famous for its amazing signature drinks which taste every bit as good as they look.
Where: 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central
Why: Succulent steak with a great skyline view? Yes please! This rooftop bar is the coolest place for a bite of sirloin or rib-eye washed down with a glass of red wine, all the while admiring the stunning, 31st-floor views.
Where: 31/F and Rooftop The Hennessy, 256 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai