If you asked me, “which of the seven sins are you?”, I would probably have to say gluttony (and probably sloth as well). Although yoga inspires me to be conscious of how I treat my body and mind, sometimes it’s just really hard to say no to a good cocktail or pale ale, especially when you call Hong Kong, “home”. Hong Kong is, in my mind, the land of indulgence: five-star restaurants, food galore, and a plethora of bars and cocktail lounges. Everything in moderation, right? There are literally hundreds of places you can go to for your poison of choice. Here are some of my favorites!
This place is the embodiment of cool, but somehow also cosy AF at the same time?! Sure, it’s in a five-star hotel, but it is the opposite of pretentious. The service is amazing, the drinks are delicious (get a martini! They give you the shaker so really you get two for the price of one!) and there are complimentary snacks from 5:30-7:30 pm – think fancy smoked black forest ham, mini slices of toasted garlic baguette, freshly made pesto. Oh, and there’s an outdoor terrace. No big deal.
Photo from Blue Bar’s website
This place made it on my list of 20+ restaurants to check out in Hong Kong and made it on this list for two reasons: 1) it has a ridiculously amazing happy hour deal from Monday to Friday. All standard drinks start at HKD1 (13 cents!!!) at 5 PM and the price doubles every 20 minutes until 7 PM. 2) It has an amazing bourbon collection!
Update September 12th 2016: The “Beat the Clock” deal is no longer available, but from 5-7 pm you can enjoy all you can eat fried chicken & bacon as well as free flow beer, red and white wine & house spirits for HK$99 (US$13). This is probably one of the best happy hour deals in Hong Kong!
Update August 4th 2018: The “Beat the Clock” deal is back! Standard drinks start at HKD1 at 5 PM and doubles every 20 minutes until 7 PM on weekdays.
Photo from SNT’s Facebook page
This one’s for the cocktail snobs out there. If you appreciate mixology, you will love it here because The Woods is one of the best cocktail bars in Hong Kong. Their menu is diverse and there are seasonal specials all the time, as well as fun themed events now and again. When The Force Awakens came out in the cinemas in Hong Kong, The Woods hosted a Star Wars-themed evening with special cocktails!
These two bars are run by the same group and are within a stone’s throw of each other. Origin largely focuses on, you guessed it, gin-based cocktails, and Quinary has a creative and playful menu (check out the marshmallow mini bottle shots!). Both places are amazing and have a limited number of seats so you can enjoy your cocktail and conversation simultaneously; believe me, this is pretty rare in Hong Kong!
Try the chrysanthemum-infused gin or the signature grape-flavored bath tub cocktail at Origin, and the earl grey caviar martini at Quinary. If you’re heading here before dinner, don’t spoil it by making the same mistake as me and devouring the free endless refills of sour cream and onion chips!
5. Wooloomooloo, Wan Chai
This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite places to grab a drink and appreciate the Hong Kong skyline. The rooftop bar is spacious and offers up an amazing view, but isn’t as expensive or crowded as some of the other places in Hong Kong that people visit for the views (*cough* *cough* Ozone): see below – need I say more?
Photo from Wooloomooloo’s Facebook page
Wooloomooloo Wan Chai is one of my favorite rooftop bars in Hong Kong. Click here for more places to get a drink with a view in Hong Kong!
Ted’s Lookout is my go-to place when I feel like stuffing my face on fish tacos and sliders. Their drinks are pretty good and they have a decent beer selection too. And guess what? Happy hour starts at 3 PM!
Just around the corner from Ted’s Lookout is Oola Petite, a laid-back cafe/restaurant with an amazing drinks deal throughout the week. On the weekend happy hour runs from 5-8 PM and you can grab yourself a glass of prosecco for just HK$30 – around US$4! To sop up some of the alcohol make sure you order a serving of thick cut french fries from the kitchen.
Ping Pong Gintoneria is a fun speakeasy that looks like an old school ping pong equipment shop from the outside, but once you follow the stairs down the space opens up into a massive bar-slash-restaurant. Try their padron peppers and of course, any gin-based cocktail!
Lily & Bloom reminds me of Vegas casinos – before you know it, you’ve lost track of time and it’s 4 AM in the morning. It has a sultry, dark and very cool interior, and doubles as a bar and restaurant across two floors. There’s always something on at Lily & Bloom, so if you’re not sure where to go this is a safe bet.
Ham & Sherry serves up some of the most tasty tapas in Hong Kong, and in the back you will find a slick cocktail lounge for pre or post-dinner drinks.
The Pawn is one of my favorite places to go when I feel like chilling on a covered terrace and watch the world go by. Plus, it’s only steps away from my house! They have some really delicious nibbles if you’re feeling peckish – try the fish and chips!
Do you want a view to go with that drink of yours? Say no more – click here for the top rooftop bars in Hong Kong!
Do you have any other suggestions? Share them below in the comments section! If you’re thinking of visiting Hong Kong and don’t know where to start, I’m always happy to offer up suggestions – get in touch!
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