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Drinking and nightlife

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Second Draft

Tall windows wrap around a magisterial sweep of wooden bar at this Tai Hang neighbourhood gastropub, the sort of civilised joint where everybody knows everybody. A curated line-up of local beers favours the...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Central District

Quinary

Consistently voted one of the world's top 50 bars, Quinary is a sleek, moodily lit cocktail bar that attracts a well-dressed crowd. Its gifted mixologists create homemade infusions of spirits and the...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

Old Man

Old Man

If Ernest Hemingway was still alive today, the chances are he’d love this tiny no-sign speakeasy named after his novel The Old Man and the Sea with a neo-cubist portrait of Papa himself looking down approvingly...

Top ChoiceBar in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Botanicals

On the 1st floor of gorgeous heritage pile the Pawn, Botanicals draws after-work imbibers to its stylish twin bars and colonial-chic veranda for wines by the glass, craft beers and playful cocktails (after 5pm)...

Top ChoiceCafe in Kowloon

InterContinental Lobby Lounge

What's that sound? No, it's not the chink of cup and saucer, it's your jaw hitting the marble floor as you gaze, enraptured, at Hong Kong's most fabulous harbour views through a wall of glass. It's enough to make...

Top ChoiceLounge in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Executive Bar

There are just 20 seats at this discrete gem of a bar overlooking the racecourse, which means Japanese owner and bartender Ichiro (it's a one-man operation) can give you his undivided attention. Perfectionist...

Top ChoiceCocktail Bar in Central District

Iron Fairies

Australian Ashley Sutton is a master of theatre and his bar is unlike anything else in Hong Kong. Ten thousand butterflies flutter from copper threads attached to the ceiling in an underground cave designed to...

Top ChoiceLounge in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Sugar

Enviable East Island views are the drawcard at this stylish terrace bar atop designer business hotel East. With signature peach mojito in hand, take in the prosperity: the glass towers of Taikoo Pl to the west,...

Top ChoiceBar in Central District

Pontiac

There's something indescribably comfortable about the Pontiac, which rocks to a different tune from most of the cheesy bars in LKF. It's a skinny, open-fronted, graffiti-covered dive that's wholly run by women,...

Top ChoiceBar in Kowloon

Bound

You could squish a dozen Hong Kong bars together and they still wouldn't have as much personality as this boho hang-out with its art-adorned walls, flashes of pink neon, indie playlist and craft-beer fridge....

Top ChoiceBar in Wan Chai & Northeast Hong Kong Island

Skye Bar

The views are to die for at this open-air rooftop gem jutting out from the corner of the Park Lane Hotel. Treat yourself to a glass of Perrier-Jouët champers (HK$170) at the curvaceously sociable bar as you drink...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Kowloon

Kowloon Taproom

Plugging a crafty gap in the market between TST's hotel bars and same-same sports dives, Kowloon Taproom pours a dozen, local-only craft beers from Lion Rock, Heroes and the like, astride a fry-heavy snack list...

Top ChoiceRooftop Bar in Kowloon

Horizonte Lounge

You'll feel like Rapunzel atop her tower at this lofty perch in the Kowloon skyline. From all four (low) walls, panoramic vistas reveal the great mass of urban jungle-meets-island paradise in all its chaotic...

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Lamma

Yardley Brothers Beer Shack

These brewer brothers sell tasty craft beer on tap from a black booth on the way to the island's main beach. The refreshing Lamma Island IPA is perfect for a day by the water.

Cocktail Bar in Central District

Stockton

Stockton

Hard-to-find Stockton evokes the ambience of a private club in Victorian London with Chesterfield sofas and wood panelling cleverly arranged to form dark, intimate corners. Its signature cocktails (from HK$130)...

Craft Beer in Central District

65 Peel

Everything you need to know about Hong Kong's craft-beer scene is on page one of 65 Peel's beer menu, dedicated to local taps from breweries like Young Master, Lion Rock and Moonzen. Beers are listed from 1 to 12...

Microbrewery in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

Little Creatures

This Australian import has the most visitor-friendly microbrewery set-up in Hong Kong. It occupies a vast space (for Hong Kong) just back from the waterfront; a cathedral of reclaimed wood and hoppy aromas....

Bar in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

Ping Pong Gintoneria

Ping Pong Gintoneria

Behind a closed red door, stairs lead down into a cavernous former ping-pong hall, now one of Hong Kong's coolest bars. The drink here is gin – the neon-illuminated bar stocks more than 50 types from across the...

Bar in Central District

Club 71

This friendly, unassuming bar with a bohemian vibe is named after a protest march on 1 July 2003. It's a favourite haunt of local artists and activists who come for cheap beer and jamming sessions. In the public...

Teahouse in Tsuen Wan

Cheng's Store

Tea connoisseurs may like this eccentric store that whips up lattes with Iron Buddha leaves and 'yin yeung' with Blue Mountain. The boss Mr Cheng charges hotel prices, but his concoctions are nuanced and unusual....