Drinking & Nightlife

  • Quinary Justifiably lauded as one of the world's top bars, with Instagram-ready cocktails and Asian accents.
  • Old Man Intimate, hidden and serving some of the most unusual cocktail concoctions you'll ever taste.
  • Ping Pong Gintoneria Gin swigging in a former ping-pong hall.
  • Cheng's Store Eccentric and nuanced tea offerings by a quirky master in Tsuen Wan.
  • Executive Bar Exclusive whisky and cocktail bar where you can catch serious Japanese mixology in action.
  • Pontiac A dive bar at its best, with an alternative sound track that kicks the rest of LKF's ass.

Bar Food

Clubbing

  • Volar Young crowd partying underground (literally) against a futuristic backdrop.
  • Dusk Till Dawn The place to be rocking out to live music when the other bars close.
  • Tazmania Ballroom Grind with models on their night off.
  • Petticoat Lane Central's friendliest LGBT+ club has it all: topless bartenders, free-flow vodka hours and, of course, a dance floor.

Tea Time

  • Peninsula Hong Kong The most elegant afternoon tea in the territory.
  • Cheng's Store Mr Cheng's rather costly concoctions are uniquely Hong Kong.
  • Teakha Wake up and smell the jasmine at this elegant tea lounge.
  • Lock Cha Tea Shop Antiquey environs and traditional music accompany tea here in Hong Kong Park.
  • Lan Fong Yuen The classic spot to try Hong Kong's famous milk tea.

Cocktails

  • Quinary Creative Asian-inspired cocktails in an elegant setting.
  • Butler Japanese cocktail bar in a quiet part of TST.
  • Executive Bar It's appointment-only at this swanky whisky lounge.
  • Old Man A homage to Hemingway with unique concoctions that would make even Papa fall off his bar stool.
  • Iron Fairies Magical drinking den channelling an old industrial vibe.
  • Honi Honi Tropical Tiki vibes, classy terrace in the sky and freshly juiced cocktail mixers.

Local Vibes

  • Buddy Bar Hang in Tai Hang with locals and their dogs.
  • Club 71 Talk politics with local radicals or chat up the artist on the next bar stool.
  • Ben's Back Beach Bar When the beach crowds leave, this waterfront spot is locals only.

People-Watching

  • Peak Cafe Bar Watch the Central–Mid-Levels Elevator roll by from this Soho spot.
  • China Bear Watch the ferry crowds come and go in sleepy Mui Wo village.
  • Club 71 A mainstay of artists and writers.
  • Cheng's Store Watching Mr Cheng make tea is interesting enough.
  • Beer Bay Watch locals promenading and suits commuting home at Central Pier.

Quirky Vibes

  • Ned Kelly’s Last Stand Dixieland jazz, Aussie decor and expat crowds.
  • Wanch Rock out with tourists, locals, sailors, junkies and other assorted weirdos at this live-music spot.
  • Missy Ho Turn up late to this Kennedy Town restaurant–bar and post-dinner drinkers will get the dress-up box out.
  • Iron Fairies 'It is very bad luck to steal a fairy' read the table signs at this fantastical basement cocktail bar.

Unpretentious Drinking

  • Café 8 Social spot with a harbourside roof terrace atop the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.
  • Club 71 As unpretentious as you can get in the Soho area.
  • Beer Bay Drinking on the steps of Central Pier with beer, BYO snacks and friendly faces.
  • Pontiac Friendly vibes, an all-female bar team and great soundtrack make this dive bar a winner.
  • Agave Enough tequila will make anyone lose their pretension.
  • Buddy Bar A low-key neighbourhood pub in hip but friendly Tai Hang.

Views

  • Sevva Beautiful people and beautiful harbour views, within air-kissing distance of the HSBC Building.
  • Skye Bar Magnificent harbour views, hidden on the roof of a Causeway Bay hotel.
  • Ben's Back Beach Bar Overlooking a deserted Shek O beach.
  • Cé La Vi Get right amid the business towers at this rooftop party bar in LKF.
  • Sugar Dizzying views from atop an Island East hotel.
  • Intercontinental Lobby Lounge Floor-to-ceiling glass overlooks Victoria Harbour.

Watching Sports

  • Dickens Bar This British-style pub plays any rugby and football to be found.
  • Slide on 79 More sophisticated than your average LKF sports pub – hello cocktails!
  • Globe British pub with Narnia-style space and comfy booths.
  • Delaney's An Irish pub with TVs and friendly crowds.
  • Canny Man Hong Kong's only Scottish pub, with sports screens, haggis and stovies.
  • Liberty Exchange This American-style spot is big with the bankers.

Whisky

  • Butler It's either whisky or cocktails here, or whisky-based cocktails.
  • Angel's Share Whisky Bar It's all about the whisky here, including its own special barrel.
  • Executive Bar The Japanese mixologist knows his whisky.

Coffee Champions

  • Elephant Grounds Great brews including 'bulletproof coffee' and much-loved ice-cream sandwiches.
  • NOC Cafe, brunch spot and roastery in one, in a light and bright contemporary space.
  • Cupping Room Popular Hong Kong mini-chain with rotating single-origin brews and a roastery in Tai Ping Shan.
  • Valor Ice-drip coffee served in baby coconut shells, island style.
  • Bound Excellent coffee is the lynchpin of this art-touting cafe–bar.
  • Accro Coffee The best brews in the New Territories.

Gin O'Clock

Craft Beer

  • 65 Peel Neon-tinged beer bar with flights of local beers and Hong Kong–themed bites.
  • Craftissimo Trendy bottle shop with a back-alley patio for drinking takeaways or a rotating draught offering.
  • Little Creatures Roomy Aussie-import microbrewery in local 'hood Kennedy Town.
  • Second Draft Local beers are the star at this comfy neighbourhood gastropub affiliated with Young Master brewery.
  • Kowloon Taproom Open-fronted, grungy bar pouring local Lion Rock beers.
  • Beer Temple Huge selection in Macau, backed by a pumping sound track.

LGBT

  • Petticoat Lane Central club with topless bartender hours, drag shows and a friendly crowd.
  • Zoo Local vibe for late-night dancing and drinking in Sheung Wan.
  • Behind Sophisticated roaming club night.
  • Boo Don't expect a quiet drink, do expect to be entertained at this karaoke and DJ bar in Kowloon.
  • Boom Macau's only gay bar has live music, themed nights and occasional go-go dancers.
  • T:ME Low-key cocktail lounge in a Central back alley.

Happy Hours

  • Honi Honi Very few of Hong Kong's classiest cocktail bars throw happy hours like Honi Honi.
  • Colette's Art Bar Enjoy the marathon-long happy hour on the balcony at this bar in an old dairy farm.
  • Stone Nullah Tavern Unlimited house spirits, wines, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, fried chicken and maple bacon for HK$100. Rejoice!
  • Pontiac Does HK$15 happy hour beers make this the cheapest deal in town?
  • Cé La Vi Rooftop bars don't usually partake in happy hours; grab this 2-for-1 deal with both hands.