With sleek jazz clubs, secret speakeasies, pumping rooftop clubs, new gin bars, and a vibrant craft beer scene, Hong Kong promises a great night out to revellers. By Malavika Bhattacharya
Come to this bar in Wan Chai for grand views of Hong Kong’s illuminated skyscrapers. The steakhouse on the 31st floor is a favourite spot for its al fresco seating and stunning views of Victoria Harbour and Happy Valley Racecourse. If you’re planning a big night out, this bar is great for a drink and a meal before you hit the clubs. Dig into classic Australian beef steaks or choose from their seafood selection.
Don’t be fooled by the Chinese stamp display in the glass window — a secret button opens a sliding door to reveal a fun Asian diner and bar. In-the-know locals flock to this speakeasy in Sheung Wan with an interesting backstory. The story goes that Mrs Pound was a burlesque dancer who fell in love with a respected Hong Kong local, Mr Ming. He hides her away in his stamp shop, where she has a free reign. You may not score a rendezvous with the elusive Mrs Pound, but you can always grab a cocktail and some Asian street food within the hot pink walls of this trendy little bar.
Beer lovers make a beeline for this gem in Mong Kok for its selections of ales, IPAs, and lagers on tap. This local favourite craftbrewery features an international selection, as well as homegrown Hong Kong brews by Young Master and HK BeerCo. Try the winter special porter spiced with vanilla, nutmeg, and cloves. The vibe is fun and cosy and it’s a great spot to meet locals, travellers, and expats in Hong Kong.
If live music is your jam on a night out, head to Peel Fresco in Central, where a host of blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, and indie musicians take the stage almost every night. Grab a drink and listen to upcoming and established names in Hong Kong’s music scene, including jazz guitarist Eugene Pao and Alex Woods.
Singapore export Cé La Vi maintains its stunning rooftop locale at its Hong Kong outpost. Occupying the top three floors of the California Tower, at the club’s highest level is an open air SkyBar with a rooftop garden. Go one level down to the Club Lounge, where you can dance at DJ nights amidst the vertical gardens. For a meal, head down to the warm wood-lined restaurant for an Asian spread.
Hong Kong’s gin quaffers can often be found huddled in the basement of The Landmark, pouring over a menu featuring more than 250 craft and premium gins from around the world. One of the newest entrants on the city’s barscape, the deep wooden interiors and cabinets crammed with vials and bottles lend the exclusive bar a vintage feel. G&Ts are aplenty, but try the craft cocktails featuring organic, farm-fresh produce.
Set in a heritage colonial building dating back to 1819, The Fringe Club is synonymous with Hong Kong’s arts and music scene. The open-air rooftop is a lovely spot for a drink with friends, with a great view of the tightly packed buildings of Hong Kong’s Central and the Mid-Levels. Head down to Fringe Dairy, an intimate space that hosts live jazz and cabaret on the weekends.
Crammed with bars and restaurants, LKF, as it is popularly known, is among Hong Kong’s hottest nightlife districts. Rooftop bars and street-side clubs spill over with partygoers dressed to the nines. LKF has something for every budget: dive bars, swish clubs with visiting DJs, and casual pubs. Stop by Hong Kong Brewhouse for a craft beer and, for a change of scene, pop in to Hanjan—a Korean-style bar—for a Kimchi Fizz, a kimchi and ginseng cocktail.