When first-timers head to this international city and look for a taste of its fruitful nightlife, many would have the bars or clubs right by Lan Kwai Fong come first to mind. You can’t deny the fact that the usual bars and clubs in this area can stir up a good party during any night of the week, however, we believe Hong Kong’s evolving cocktail scene, along with its world-class mixologists and bartenders around town, deserves more attention. There are many intriguing hotspots that have popped up in the last few years, and here are the 13 we think are worth checking out:
1. The Envoy
This place not only has an elegant interior, but it also embraces a British-Chinese afternoon tea ritual from 3 to 6 PM. With the bar manager, Amanda Wan and Hong Kong star bartender, Antonio Lai (who’s also behind Origin and Quinary), they never fail to surprise anyone with their playful drinks.
Recommended Drinks: True Blood #2, The Dinosaur, Bird of a Feather
Where: 3/F, The Pottinger, Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road, Central
Chic surroundings with a side of hipster vibes, this is another exciting and new hotspot for both tourists and locals in Hong Kong. They’re also known for having dapper world class bartenders working behind the bar serving up new twists on classic cocktail favorites—we can see the reason why this place is one of the top 50 bars globally.
Recommended Drinks: Earl Grey Caviar Martini, Marshmallow Duo, Barbados Heritage, Oolong Tea Collins, On the Meadow
Where: 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central
Being the first gin-focused bar in Hong Kong and with 12 different homemade gin flavors available for anyone to try, its drinks are sure to win you over whether you’re a gin fan or not. It's also known for its molecular cocktails and fresher takes on the classic mixes, including its KGB “bathtub” gin cocktail, which also looks both tasty and Instagram-worthy.
Recommended Drinks: KGB cocktail, Basil Smash, Green Hornet, ORIGIN G&T, Super Lemon
Where: G/F 48 Wyndham Street, Central
4. Lily and Bloom
A steakhouse with prohibition-era inspired decor, an appetizing weekday lunch buffet, attractive infusion drinks, and one of the best happy hours in town.
SB Tip: Try coming here during their “prohibition happy hour,” Monday to Friday from 5 to 8 PM and Saturday from 6 to 8 PM. You get free fries for 5HKD for your first drink and 2 for 1 cocktails, beer and wine for 45HKD afterwards.
Recommended Drinks: Snickers Old Fashioned, Southside, Donga Punch, The Big Black Cocktail, Rhubarb Smash, London Fogcutter, Mad Hatter (for 4 to 5 people)
Where: 6/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
With the “Highest Bar in the World” nestled in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and a combination of European and Asian tastes in their cocktails, you are guaranteed a spectacular view of the city to go along with a unique drinking experience.
Recommended Drinks: Basilic, Dragontini, Blackberry Mojito
Where: 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, International Commerce Center, 1 Austin Rd. West, West Kowloon
Hidden from the chaotic streets of LKF, this scent-inspired cocktail bar may be your perfect escape. Showcasing a one-of-a-kind menu in collaboration with Penhaligon’s, your drink can be handcrafted based on your scent preference or a Penhaligon fragrance you like.
Recommended Drinks: Studio 54, Don’t Call Me Honey
Where: 50 Wyndham Street, Central
This hidden alley way Mexican restaurant has music that’ll surely get you up and out of your seat. With both delicious cocktails and some munchies to keep you well fed—its tacos are a must-try—come here if you want a Mexican feast in Lan Kwai Fong.
Recommended Drinks: Cubuano, The Peruvian Ceviche, Brickhouse Margarita
Where: G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central
8. The Woods
A cocktail bar that truly believes that each of its drinks must be made with artisanal liquor and fresh ingredients to offer everyone a refreshing cocktail experience.
Recommended Drinks: Four-Pepper Margarita, Basil Smash, Oak Whiskey Sour
Where: L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central
A whisky bar notorious for its hidden and basement-like location—good luck finding it. However, for those who seek it out, they’ve said the exclusive feel and cocktails will make your search all worth it.
Recommended Drinks: Earl-Grey Martini, Heidi Fleiss, Old-Fashioned
Where: L/F, Shop 1, Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street (near Graham Street) Central
10. Rummin’ Tings
A spicy and funky little bar with vibrant live music and delicious Caribbean-inspired food, this is a great place to unwind and kick off a fun night out in the city.
Recommended Drinks: Piña Colada, Calypso Punch, the Dove
Where: G/F, 28 Hollywood Road, Central
11. Honi Honi
The beachy vibes and tropical flair make this the ultimate bar that will help you escape the chaos in the city, despite its location being in the heart of Central.
Recommended Drinks: Mai Tai, Piña Colada, Maori Spring Punch, He’e Holua Volcano, Black Mojo
Where: 3/F, Somptueux Central, 52 Wellington Street, Central
Topped with industrial décor and Japanese-graffiti, this place knocks it out of the park with its tasty cocktails made from a great selection of sake from Japan.
SB Tip: If you and your friends are willing to ditch your diet for a bit, try Ozu’s “Kick Ass Happy Hour”—they offer all food and drinks for only 50HKD. Mondays, happy hour will last all night, but on Wednesdays, you can buy one and get one free on their popcorn chicken and chicken skewers.
Recommended Drinks: The King’s Drink, Smoked Lychee, Roses and Sake martini
Where: 1 Hollywood Road, Central
The interior and vintage décor inspired by 1890s London will make a gentleman feel at home, but don’t worry, this isn’t a gentlemen-only club—it’s for everyone looking for a nice relaxing drink. Many of its drinks happen to be barrel- and leather-aged by the owners to give them more character. Plus, its bar features a collection of over 150 whiskies from different parts of the world like Scotland, Japan, Ireland, and America, so there will definitely be a drink for you.
Recommended Drinks: Brass Monkey cocktail, Ribston Apple, Bajan Housewife, Falernum rum, Martin Miller tonic
Where: 1/F, Wyndham Street, Central