Causeway Bay doesn't immediately elicit visions of great nightlife. Shopping malls, tucked-away restaurants and heaving crowds, yes, but neighbouring districts Wan Chai and Central tend to get all the attention when it comes to bar life. Things are changing, though. The crowded neighbourhood has heaps to offer to bar hoppers, from Belgian beer specialists The Artist House and sky-high Alto to humble sports pubs like Ruggers. Draw inspiration for your next night out with this rundown of the best bars in Causeway Bay.
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Best bars in Causeway Bay
One of several venues owned and operated by the team behind Young Master, Second Draft has brought craft beer to up-and-coming Tai Hang. Expect everything from hoppy IPAs to sour ales from Heroes Beer, Carbon Brews and Young Master as well as bottles and draft beer from top international brands like Cloudwater and Mikkeller.
Belgian beers are the backbone of this slick space run by local brewery The Artist. The brewery is ‘local’ in ownership and representation only, however, as the beers here are all made in Belgium. That may be a boon for authenticity and quality control, but it sure complicates things when it comes to talking about the brand. In any event, there are four beers – blonde, IPA, white and raspberry – and they’re all good. Very good.
With three standard-size pool tables, convertible beer pong tables and a full bar, this Jaffe Road pool house offers a more laid-back night out than the usual Wan Chai affair. Those serious about their shooting game will appreciate the live cam services installed at Breeze to capture all your best pots. As for the bar, expect beer on tap, customised cocktails and a range of pub bites including fish and chips and onion rings.
The Pullman's 27th-floor bar and eatery boasts an incredible view of Hong Kong, which is obviously the top draw here. Even so, the cocktails are clever, well-balanced and reason enough to visit on their own merits. If you're looking for something straightforward, opt for one of the G&Ts. There's also an impressive wine list, if that's your preference.
This relaxed Belgian beer hall is enjoyably authentic, with benches that encourage chatting and the alluring aroma of ale seemingly ingrained in the walls. Which, hey, it just might be – there are over 70 kinds of Belgian beers on a menu that’s referred to as a ‘beer bible’. Those include everything from your standard Stella Artois and Leffe pours to deeper cuts like Gulden Draak and lambics from Lindemans.
More Italian restaurant than bar, Shelter nevertheless offers a quaint and cosy space to escape the masses. The seventh-floor restaurant boasts an outdoor terrace, which is pretty much the perfect place to settle in with a glass of wine or a cocktail.
Sleek, sexy and sitting far above the masses below, Alto is undeniably one of the prettiest places to drink in Causeway Bay. Fitting for such a high-class setting, the drinks list features lots of sparkling wines and champagne, as well as cocktails built with fancy spirits: aged whisky, specialty gins and more. The happy hour (from 5.30pm until 8pm) is a good deal too, with drinks coming in at under $90.
One of Causeway Bay’s coolest offbeat businesses, Strokes is a so-called ‘urban golf club’ that offers mini-golf as its hook alongside food and drinks. The décor is all pleasant pastel colours in the bar and restaurant and striking neon at the mini-golf course. The golf is certainly the star attraction, but the rest of the establishment is no afterthought. The drinks menu offers a cut above your average sports bar fare – a partnership with Moonzen allows for a solid range of local craft beers and the spirits, taking whisky as an example, are more Bruichladdich than King Robert.
Staying true to its name, Pong offers – wait for it – beer pong, as well as other drinking games on its interactive PartyConnect digital platform. But this isn’t your standard uni set-up. In this 2,900 sq ft venue, guests can also enjoy live DJ performances or can provide their own music in the in-house karaoke room.
What is it with Causeway Bay and Belgian beer bars? For whatever reason, this district has become the de facto Little Brussels of Hong Kong. Not that we’re complaining. Along with The Artist House and Frites, Belgica has helped to elevate the area's beer game in a big way. The bar-restaurant offers over 70 Belgian brews to pair with dishes like moules frites and prime rib.
Drunkerland is taking craft beers out of the hands of the hipsters and placing them in the more casual context of a downtown community watering hole. More than 100 brews are available here and over half of them are Belgian, with Japan, the UK, the US and Hong Kong splitting up the rest. It’s not the swishest spot in the world, but Drunkerland’s a great place to have a good time with friends while knocking back some pretty fine beers.
For a perspective of Hong Kong different from the usual Central-TST views, head to Causeway Bay’s 34th floor ToTT’s (short for Talk of The Town). Situated by the Causeway Bay harbourfront, take in the westerly view straight down to the harbour, all the way to the IFC mall and beyond. The best time to do that? Sunday brunch, of course, with free-flowing champagne taking you to even dizzier heights.
Okay, it’s not exactly Causeway Bay but it’s close enough. This upmarket restaurant and bar in the Little Tai Hang Hotel serves up new and old world wines and hand-picked beers from Europe, plus inventive cocktails with house-made syrups. There’s an internationally inspired menu of top-quality steaks, seafood and pasta dishes to keep you on the steady, too.
No, it's not a typo. There are two bars in the name to really hit home that yes, it’s a bar. That being said, it’s hard to beat the whisky list at this plush bolt-hole. The place stocks just about every Scotch known to man, over 300 in total, all served with perfectly symmetrical ice cubes the size of baseballs. The only problem is getting in: this upstairs bar is invite-only.
If the name didn’t give it away, Ruggers is the unofficial stomping grounds of Hong Kong’s rugby fans and players. It gets pretty lively during Sevens, but it’s a fun spot to spend a night at any time of year. Expect classic bar snacks and a solid range of beers, including cans from beloved Kiwi brand Yeastie Boys, as well as ciders from the likes of Thistly Cross.