There are literally hundreds of bars you can go to for your poison of choice. Here are some of my favorites!
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, speakeasies 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 favorite Hong Kong happy hour joints!
1. The Optimist
Happy hour at The Optimist is downright delightful. This Spanish tapas restaurant has a spacious bar area where you can kick back with a few drinks from 3-7:30 PM, before moving onto a hearty dinner upstairs.
Fini’s made it on my list of the best restaurants to check out in Hong Kong and made it on this list for two reasons: 1) the staff are outrageously lovely, and 2) the bar is effortlessly cool and conveniently has a state-of-the-art pizza oven for when you’re craving a slice of margherita to go with your margarita. The weekday happy hour deal is available from 6-8 PM.
3. Tai Lung Fung
Tai Lung Fung is a quirky neighbourhood bar in Wan Chai. They have a killer buy-one-get-one happy hour deal, and the décor is inspired by Old Hong Kong. It’s one of my favorite local bars for a quiet drink or two.
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4. Origin and Quinary
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! The cocktail selection makes it one of the best bars in Soho with happy hour deals.
5. Oola Petite
Oola Petite is a a laid-back cafe/restaurant with an amazing drinks deal throughout the week from 3-8 PM. On the weekend and public holidays this happening Wan Chai happy hour runs from 3-7 PM and you can grab yourself a glass of prosecco for just HK$50! To sop up some of the alcohol make sure you order a serving of thick cut french fries from the kitchen.
6. Ping Pong Gintoneria
Ping Pong Gintoneria is a fun speakeasy in Hong Kong 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! Personally, I’m partial to the Two Moons & Tonic – a mix made from locally-distilled gin.
7. Blend & Grind
Blend & Grind is a neighborhood coffee shop that transforms into a laid-back hangout joint once the sun goes down. We love the selection of snacks and the the easygoing atmosphere. Perfect for a chilled-out happy hour in Hong Kong with friends.
Ruam is the new kid on the block in Wan Chai: a self-proclaimed “casual Thai eatery” with a lush, tropical outdoor space for those balmy evenings. Not to mention they offer a killer happy hour deal from Monday to Friday from 4-8 PM!
For those craving a more “upscale” happy hour in Hong Kong, I recommend heading to Foxglove for their “Mad Men Hour”. The slick Hong Kong speakeasy serves up some seriously tasty cocktails, or you can keep it simple with house wine, craft beer, vodka, gin, rum or scotch. The deal is available Mondays through Saturdays from 5-8 PM.
10. Mr. Wolf
This institution is a crowd favorite and one of the best happy hour spots in Hong Kong. We love the long outdoor terrace (a fairly rare piece of real estate in an otherwise crowded business district) and the daily 3-7 PM happy hour drinks deal.
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).
🛏️ Booking hotels in Hong Kong: There are some fantastic boutique hotel options in Hong Kong: I’m a fan of 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 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 Hong Kong accommodation options.
Looking for more Hong Kong tips and recommendations?
- 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
- Or head on over to some of these hidden secret bars in the city
- Try not to drool all over your keyboard – these are some of the best restaurants in Hong Kong
- Click here for all of my insider Hong Kong guides and travel tips
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