The 50 best bars in Hong Kong

From cocktail dens to pubs and saké joints to wine bars, here are the best bars in Hong Kong to visit right now
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By Douglas Parkes |
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We’re spoilt for choice in Hong Kong. Our famously crowded city is stacked and packed with great bars, especially in bustling neighbourhoods like Central and Wan Chai. Whether you prefer to relax over a craft brew, a single malt, a glass of red or a classic cocktail, Hong Kong has an amazing bar guaranteed to have you ordering ‘just one more round’.

Let’s get started. And if we miss your favourite, let us know in the comments.

Hong Kong’s 50 best bars

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Pirata
Restaurants

Pirata

icon-location-pin Wan Chai

Better known for its pretty fab Italian food, Pirata also serves up a mean series of cocktails. The drinks menu is small but focused and nearly everything on it is a winner, whether the fruity Dolce & Banana or the fiesty Germano Mexicano made with mezcal and fresh ginger. Did we mention theres a dedicated vermouth bar, too?

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M Bar
Bars and pubs

M Bar

icon-location-pin Central

Found on the 25th floor of the Mandarin Oriental, M Bar offers fantastic views as well as small batch spirits and liqueurs that are handcrafted in-house. There’s nothing terribly innovative going on here, but staff know their business and do the classics well.

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Bibo interior
Restaurants

Bibo

icon-location-pin Sheung Wan

The artwork at Bibo often overshadows what is a genuinely good bar and restaurant. Keep it simple here with the likes of the award-winning D1 & TT cocktail, a combination of D1 gin, a blend of five citrus juices, tonic and passion des fleurs tea.

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Le Quinze Vins
Photo: Harold de Puymorin
Bars and pubs

Le Quinze Vins

icon-location-pin Wan Chai

A cosy space, Le Quinze Vins offers patrons a long list of French labels as well as serving traditional cheese and cold cut platters and other wine-enhanced nibbles. The number of bottles on offer is extensive but the by-the-glass options are none too shabby.

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Sake Beya Masu
Bars and pubs, Izakaya

Sake Beya Masu

icon-location-pin Wan Chai

Despite the city’s plethora of high-end Japanese restaurants, a good saké bar is hard to find. Saké Beya Masu is one of the best as well as one of the most welcoming. The location is like something straight outta Kyoto and both the range of saké and small bites are top notch.

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La Cabane
Bars and pubs

La Cabane Wine Bistro

icon-location-pin Central

An intimate and always buzzing space on Hollywood Road, La Cabane is a great space for anyone seeking an extensive wine list – 350 different wines from France and the New World sourced directly from individual wine makers. The kitchen is open until 11pm and the nibbles are worthwhile too. 

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Alibi Cordis
Restaurants, American

Alibi

icon-location-pin Mong Kok

Whenever you’re in need of a drink in Kowloon, Alibi should be in your thoughts. Probably the most sophisticated bar in Mong Kok, resident mixologist, Leo Cheung previously worked at Butler (see the top 10 of this list) and clearly he was taught well. A similar quality shines through in all Cheung’s drinks.

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Ping Pong Gintonería
Bars and pubs

Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria

icon-location-pin Sai Ying Pun

The gentrification of Sai Ying Pun was officially underway when Ping Pong popped up in the neighbourhood. A stylish Spanish-style gin bar in a former ping pong hall, the space is gorgeous. Thankfully, just as much thought has gone into the drinks as the swish interior.

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The Globe in Central. Photo: Anthony J Damico
Restaurants

The Globe

icon-location-pin Central

A surprisingly spacious bar (for Central, anyway), The Globe is one of the best places in Hong Kong to settle in with a pint. A member of the Craft Beer Association of Hong Kong and home to more beers than you can shake a stick at, The Globe is a must visit for any hop head.

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upstairs at belon bar
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Upstairs at Belon

icon-location-pin Central

The restaurant downstairs may get most of the headlines – not without justification since it is ranked one of Asia’s 50 Best – but Upstairs at Belon deserves some love too. Inspired by the creative speakeasies in Paris’ hip Le Marais district, head mixologist Axel González serves a solid range of cocktails in cosy surrounds. Whether or not you can get a booking downstairs, don’t overlook this lesser-known gem.

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