April 2021: The Hong Kong government extended the social distancing restrictions until April 14, and that entails closing the city's neighbourhood bars pending further developments. Last year's challenges already caused some of our favourite establishments to close their doors permanently, but we've also seen our favourite bars bounce back amid the struggles, even opening new bars along the way.
A lot of Hong Kong watering holes have creatively pivoted as restaurants and cafes to stay open and are again offering cocktail takeaway or delivery. Those without catering licenses are temporarily closed but have collaborated with other venues for pop-ups and guest bar shifts to continue to serve their guests. Here's our roundup of the best bars in Hong Kong that we should be supporting today. Check with their websites and social media platforms for opening hours or bottled cocktails services.
Whether you want a fancy cocktail at a speakeasy-style bar, a bottle of biodynamic wine, a hazy IPA at a craft beer joint, a cold fizzy G&T, a dram of IB or NAS whisky, or something else entirely, there’s something for you in our famously crowded and fast-paced city. We’ve put our livers on the line to deliver you a definitive list of the 50 best Hong Kong bars to visit for 2021.
RECOMMENDED: Make sure to check out our pick of the 50 best restaurants in HK and get some inspiration for where your next meal could be.
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