Cocktail at Franks Library speakeasy in Hong Kong

11 Best Speakeasies in Hong Kong For Your Cocktail Fix (2024)

These Hong Kong speakeasies are some of the best in the world. I went looking for them so you don’t have to! Here’s where to find the best hidden bars in Hong Kong.

There’s something so alluring about seeking out a hidden bar away from prying eyes, and Hong Kong is no stranger to the speakeasy concept. Some of the best cocktail bars in Hong Kong are disguised as retail shops, concealed away in dead-end alleyways, tucked behind a faux phone booth or even hidden within another speakeasy.

Cocktails in a speakeasy in Hong Kong with text overlay Hidden speakeasy bar in Hong Kong with text overlay
Please Dont Tell speakeasy in Hong Kong

Whether you call this vibrant city home or are a first-time visitor to Hong Kong, you absolutely can not miss out on the burgeoning bar and cocktail scene – we are home to some of the top bars and bartenders in the world after all! Always on the lookout for hidden spots to check out? Here are some of the best secret bars in Hong Kong!

Looking for even more insider recommendations in Hong Kong? You might also want to visit these excellent rooftop bars in Hong Kong or these happy hour hot spots in the city.

1. 001

001 entrance speakeasy in Hong Kong
The old 001 entrance

One of the original speakeasies in Hong Kong, 001 used to be discreetly tucked away along a bustling side street in Soho. In late 2023 it moved to a new secret location (also in the Central/Soho area) – chances are, you wouldn’t even notice it if you were walking past, but isn’t that the whole point?

001 entrance in Tai Kwun speakeasy in Hong Kong

The secret Hong Kong bar is now located in what used to be a prison. We were once again warmly greeted and loved the dark, sleek space and the knowledgeable servers and bartenders – make sure you gorge yourself on their truffle fries as well!

001 cocktail bar speakeasy in Hong Kong

001 can now be found in the Tai Kwun heritage complex – be on the lookout for a dim spotlight and an inconspicuously-placed doorbell. The expert mixologists are familiar with all of the classic cocktails, or go with one of their own creations if you’re feeling adventurous. I loved the earl grey marteani and their take on the negroni is fantastic too.

This long-standing institution is one of the best Hong Kong hidden bars that you’ll want to check out – discreetly, of course!

2. Little Su

Little Su speakeasy in Hong Kong

Little Su is a chic speakeasy bar in Hong Kong hidden in an unlikely location…within one of the city’s most hip and happening nightclubs. Paying homage to Su Xiao Xiao, a famous Chinese courtesan also known as “Little Su”, the space showcases sophisticated Chinese decor with a modern twist.

Little Su speakeasy in Hong Kong

The menu features new spins on classics with cocktails like the “Yuzu Whisky Sour”, or my personal favourite: the Xue Tao, a fusion margarita featuring Umeshu plum wine and honey. You might walk straight past the entrance to this hidden bar in Hong Kong if you don’t know what to look out for. When you’ve arrived, look for the single red light and you’ll know where to go…

Unfortunately it shut down during the pandemic but Little Su used to only open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – their social media channels say that they will announce their re-opening at some point.

3. Foxglove

Foxglove Umbrella Shop in Hong Kong

Foxglove is an upscale bespoke umbrella boutique…or is it? Find the right umbrella and the door slides open to reveal a classy speakeasy. Foxglove has quickly become a firm favourite in Hong Kong and serves up some seriously tasty cocktails and hosts an extremely happy hour session from 5-8 PM from Monday through to Saturday.

Foxglove Hong Kong

The bartenders here are some of the best in Hong Kong, which means that the place is often packed in the evenings – make sure you call ahead for a table!

4. Frank’s Library

Franks Library speakeasy in Hong Kong

When it comes to unique speakeasies in Hong Kong, Frank’s Library wins the “Inception” award – it’s a speakeasy within a speakeasy!

Franks Library speakeasy in Hong Kong

Hidden away in Foxglove is this secret library den dedicated to none other than Frank Minza, a fictional British character dreamt up by the restaurant group behind these two swanky joints.

Franks Library elevator buttons speakeasy in Hong Kong

The cocktail menu often changes, and when we visited the drinks were inspired by Frank’s latest getaway to Japan. Find Frank’s Library behind velvet curtains, where you must then press the right elevator button to open the secret doorway to the quiet alcove.

5. Please Don’t Tell

Please Dont Tell cocktail bar speakeasy in Hong Kong

Please Don’t Tell is a hidden bar within the Landmark Mandarin Oriental hotel that seats up to 25 lucky guests. Though it’s quite possibly one of the worst-kept secrets in Hong Kong, the exclusive space features a whimsical entrance: it is concealed away from the crowds behind a faux phone booth!

Please Dont Tell speakeasy in Hong Kong

Perfect for a romantic rendezvous or quiet date night, Please Don’t Tell serves up sumptuous cocktails as well as an unexpected array of treats that include gourmet hot dogs, tater tots and waffle fries. Don’t skip the “Big Fan” or “Benton’s Old Fashioned” with bacon-infused bourbon.

6. Hugger Mugger

Hugger Mugger hidden bar in Hong Kong

Hugger Mugger is located on one of the most busy nightlife streets in Hong Kong…but you’ve probably walked past it 1,000 times (like I have) and never really noticed it. It refers to itself as a “clandestine Hong Kong speakeasy” but as it shares a space with popular Indian restaurant Chaiwala, it’s probably more apt to say that it is a hidden Hong Kong bar rather than a speakeasy.

Hugger Mugger cocktails Hong Kong speakeasy

Nevertheless, the space is inviting and it is a great option for happy hour drinks in Hong Kong. Look for the bright red door, navy blue walls and the little door bell.

7. Room 309

Cocktails at Room 309 speakeasy in Hong Kong

Cocktail aficionados simply cannot skip Room 309, a speakeasy disguised as a hotel room within The Pottinger boutique hotel in Soho. This Hong Kong speakeasy has remained relatively under-the-radar, even among locals who are in the know about new, up-and-coming cocktail bars in the city. This secret speakeasy in Hong Kong serves up creative, imaginative and beyond-the-ordinary cocktails that will blow your mind.

Hotel Key Card for Room 309 speakeasy in Hong Kong

Patrons will need to embrace the philosophy of the expert mixologists at Room 309 and try out one (or ten) of their “Invisible Cocktails”, libations that are completely colorless yet deliver strong, familiar flavours. The idea behind these creations are that they allow you to taste the tipple without any preconceived notions of taste.

Don’t miss their Crystal Old Fashioned or Deep Sea Martini. If you’re lucky, you might even get to try some of their own house-distilled Vegemite flavored vodka! To get in, “check in” to Room 309 at The Envoy and wait to be handed your room key.

8. Dr. Fern’s

Dr Ferns Gin Parlour speakeasy in Hong Kong

Gin lovers rejoice! Dr. Fern’s parlour is your go-to spot to fill your prescription of gin-based cocktails. This speakeasy in Hong Kong is creatively disguised as a doctor’s office, and will have you feeling like you’ve gone down the rabbit hole – à la Alice In Wonderland.

Dr Ferns Gin Parlour speakeasy in Hong Kong

The space, though compact, is a secret hideaway for those looking to taste an array of craft gins from around the world. When you’re here, don’t forget to indulge in some of Hong Kong’s very own boutique gin brands: Two Moons is one of my favourites!

9. Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria

Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria speakeasy in Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong

It’s true, Hong Kongers have a slight obsession with gin, because this speakeasy is yet another altar to the botanical spirit. Ping Pong 129 is one of the hippest casual cocktail joints in the city, and like many other speakeasies in Hong Kong it is cleverly disguised as something else entirely…in this case, a ping pong equipment shop!

Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria in Sai Ying Pun Hong Kong

If you didn’t know any better, you’d walk right past this speakeasy as it is hidden in plain sight. But those in the know will take the narrow staircase down and be wow-ed by the massive, welcoming space within. The pours, though pricey, are extremely generous and you’ll definitely want to hold on to the handrail for stability as you make your way back up the stairs at the end of the night.

10. The Old Man

The Old Man speakeasy in Hong Kong

To round out this list of the best speakeasies in Hong Kong is none other than the multi-award winning The Old Man. This stylish cocktail bar has been named one of Asia’s best bars (even topping the rankings in 2019), and was inspired by the timeless Ernest Hemingway novel.

The expert cocktail chefs – and I do say chefs – create peculiarly inventive libations that will sometimes have you wondering whether you’re actually ordering a molecular gastronomy dish. Put your preconceived notions of what a cocktail is to the test with their concoctions, and get here early so that you can grab a seat at their long bar. A word of warning: The Old Man is not for the faint of heart looking for the untainted classics.

11. Lockdown

Lockdown Bar in Hong Kong

Opened by The Old Man-alumni Agung Prabowo and his wife Laura, the Prohibition-inspired Hong Kong speakeasy opened in late 2023. The entrance to Lockdown is the team’s cheeky take on what the food and beverage industry went through during the pandemic in Hong Kong. Aside from the lone toilet seat in the window, there’s not really any other signage to indicate what is behind the solid metal doorway.

Lockdown Bar in Hong Kong

The intimate cocktail bar has just over two dozen seats for patrons seeking out one of their 1920s-era cocktails – some true to the original recipe, others a spin on the classics. We loved the Gin Rickey and Blood Meridien. If you’re hungry definitely snack on the truffle fries with lemongrass-infused mayo – heavenly.

Which of these hidden speakeasies in Hong Kong will you be visiting? Whatever you do, don’t forget to pace yourself, drink responsibly and enjoy these delightful secret bars in Hong Kong.

Cocktails at hidden bars in Hong Kong

Planning a trip to Hong Kong? Here are some quick must-knows.

✈️ To get into Hong Kong you’ll need to fly into Hong Kong International Airport. A cab from the airport to the city costs approximately HK$350-450 and typically takes less than 45 minutes/1 hour from door-to-door, or you can pre-book your private airport pick up or drop off here. You can also take the Airport Express train which stops in Tsing Yi, Kowloon and Central – it takes just 24 minutes from end to end. Get 20% off your Airport Express ticket if you buy your ticket ahead of time online here.

🛂 Most visitors to Hong Kong do not require a visa for entry. See here for more details.

💱 The local currency is the Hong Kong dollar. The exchange rate is approximately 7.6 HKD to 1 USD/1 Euro. Most places accept Visa or Mastercard.

🎟️ You pretty much never have to pay full price for admissions or tour tickets in Hong Kong. Just click here and search for places you want to go, and book online for discounted travel experiences.

📱 Buy a local SIM card. You can get a 7 day Hong Kong tourist SIM card and pick it up from the airport on arrival.

🚗 Getting around Hong Kong is easy. Public transportation is efficient, cheap and clean, and the network is very extensive. Taxis are cheap as well if you are in a hurry. One of the first things to do when you arrive in Hong Kong is get an Octopus card. It is a stored value card that works on all public transportation (but not in taxis).

🌐 Language in Hong Kong: The main language spoken in Hong Kong is Cantonese, a local dialect. Many people speak English (or at least basic English), and almost all signs are bilingual.

🌤️ Weather in Hong Kong: It is not a year-round tropical country as many people seem to believe. Summers are HOT and it gets fairly cold during the winter months (December to February). The best time to visit Hong Kong for milder weather is from March to early June, and September to November (but avoid the 1st week of May and 1st week of October as the city can get busy during China’s “Golden Week” holidays).

🛏️ Where to stay in Hong Kong: I have personally stayed at and recommend The Fleming and The Hari which are both excellent boutique hotels in Wan Chai; Little Tai Hang and Tuve which are both located on the edge of Causeway Bay; as well as Ovolo Central, Island Shangri-La and The Murray which are in the Central and Admiralty areas.

All of these Hong Kong boutique hotels are within walking distance from a nearby MTR station, and are located on the blue Island line that runs from end-to-end of Hong Kong island. You can also click here for more accommodation options.

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