Where to go out in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a city that shines (literally) after dark – and that includes its drinking and partying options. If you happen to be around on a Wednesday evening, the races at Happy Valley Racecourse are a must-attend – it’s as much about the setting, the cheap drinks and the party atmosphere as it is about the actual racing.
To combine skyline-gazing with a drink, Aqua has long been the go-to choice. With its expansive double-storey floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Victoria Harbour and top cocktail list, it’s the best drink and view combination going around.
Occupying the entire 32nd floor of the upscale hotel EAST is Sugar, an undeniably cool space that sells itself as a ‘bar + deck + lounge’, with phenomenal views across the city. To the north are the bright lights of Kwun Tong, with the vista swinging uninterrupted to the North Point skyline in the west, and out over the island’s often building-obstructed east. And from the outdoor deck you can see Quarry Bay extend toward Tai Tam Country Park. The bar’s interior has been smartly designed to maximise the views. Ottomans and couches flow over three tiers; Sugar feels casual by day, a sexy futuristic capsule saturated with jazzy house beats by night.
For cocktails alone, try Lily, above the bustling party zone Wyndham Street, or for a more hidden vibe, the black-doored 001 might be more down your street. Both are leaders in the city’s emerging cocktail scene, serving up some crafted, classic numbers with some nice Hong Kong touches.
Looking to kick on? Most of the city’s club scene is centred around the Central district, meaning you won’t need to go far. You could try your luck in the heaving mess that is infamous party zone Lan Kwai Fong – but we’d suggest heading to Fly – a Time Out Hong Kong favourite which has the mix of music and crowd at the perfect cool-but-not-too-cool level balance.
Bar and club details
Aqua 29/F-30/F One Peking Rd. 3427 2288
Sugar 2/F, EAST Hotel, 29 Tai Koo Shing Road, Hong Kong. 3968 3738
Lily 6/F, LKF Tower. 2810 6166
001 Unmarked black door near junction of Graham St and Queen’s Rd Central. 2810 6969
Fly 24-30 Ice House St. 2810 9902