Hong Kong’s 50 best bars
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 there’s a dedicated vermouth bar, too?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.