One of the first of Hong Kong’s now numerous hidden cocktail bars, 001 sits tucked away behind an unmarked black door on Graham Street, making it the very definition of hidden in plain slight. Aside from the appeal of being in-the-know about its secret location, you can enjoy excellent cocktails here, made the Japanese way. There’s a notably strong selection of spirits. It’s one of the rare places in Hong Kong where you can find the elusive Pappy van Winkle bourbon.
Deciding on the best bar in Central is a contentious issue. While we can’t scientifically prove it, there’s probably nowhere on Earth with as many quality drinking dens just around the corner from one another as our cramped CBD. Sure, the ’hood might not have the underground kudos belonging to Hong Kong’s most hipster neighbourhoods like Sheung Wan and Sai Ying Pun, but who cares when the area is home to some of the best cocktail bars and whisky bars on the planet.
Whether you’re interested in the latest meticulously made cocktail at Bar De Luxe, a fine selection of wine at La Cabane, local craft beer by the bottle at The Globe, or one of the best rooftop bars in Hong Kong like at Popinjays, you can find whatever you desire in Central. The only trouble is knowing where to start. That’s why we’ve rounded up 28 of the best bars from the neighbourhood that provide Central’s finest libations. You need never go thirsty again.