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New bars to try in Hong Kong now

The city’s new drinking spots that should be on your radar

Tatum Ancheta
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Tatum Ancheta
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Hong Kong has plenty to be boastful about when it comes to world-class bars. Over the years that we were shut down from the rest of the world, our bar industry continued to flourish adding many venues to the city's list of watering holes. So, we've got you covered if you're looking for new drinking joints. Whether you're after a hip new hangout spot, a members only club, a new place to watch drag shows, and more, read below for a list of new drinking dens to add to your bar-hopping itinerary. 

We will continue to update this list so you can keep tabs on new openings throughout the year, so bookmark this page! 

RECOMMENDED: But first, eat before you drink! If you're looking for new bites in the city, here's a list of new restaurants to try.

New bars to try in Hong Kong

  • Restaurants
  • Central

Artifact is a modern Japanese eatery at the newly opened Basehall 2. Backed by an all-star F&B team composed of Michael Larkin, Beckaly Franks, Ezra Star, and chef Kiyoshi Sato, the 14-seater restaurant features a course menu spotlighting all forms of caviar. On April 11, the eatery is opening an adjacent venue that hides a stylish bar with a contemporary minimalist interior, an excellent setting for drinking with friends or entertaining clients. With two of the best mixologists in the city behind the establishment, expect drinks that are nothing short of excellent. 

Watch this space for more information. For updates, follow them on Instagram.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

Following the opening of Aqua Restaurant Group’s Italian restaurant, Vista, at One Peking in Tsim Sha Tsui, the venue is also opening a new bar on the 30th floor in collaboration with Campari. Along with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour, expect a truly Italian aperitivo experience, complete with craft cocktails prepared by the group’s creative bar director Lorenzo Coppola.

Watch this space for more updates and follow them on Instagram, to know more. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Filipino
  • Sai Ying Pun

Dara is one of the new additions to the city’s growing Filipino food and drink scene. The restobar offers traditional Filipino cuisine with Kapampangan roots (cuisine from the Philippines’ culinary capital). Here, you can go for Pinoy food staples like palabok ($148) rice noodles with flavourful shrimp and smoked fish sauce, topped with satisfying, crunchy chicharon, as well as savoury sizzling sisig ($98) made with juicy bits of pork and chicken liver. Wash it all down with Dara’s craft cocktails inspired by Filipino ingredients, created by head mixologist and bar manager Jon Bunoan (formerly from 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana and Bar Q88). For starters, sip on the herbal sour called Gubat (forest), made with pandan cordial, dill-infused vodka, lemon, matcha, and fresh mint, before moving on to the boozier Usok (smoke), their Boulevardier riff made with bourbon, Campari, vermouth, banana liqueur, infused with applewood-smoke. You can also taste Philippine-made beers like the popular extra-strong lager Red Horse Beer and other craft spirits, including lambanog, a traditional Filipino distilled liquor made from coconut palm.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Gastropubs
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

If you’re looking for a new drinking spot in TST, head over to H Zentre to check out venues Kappou Mu and room 3, a dual-concept that opened in December 2022. Dine at Kappou Mu, located on the left side of the premises and enjoy traditional kappo cuisine (kappo means cutting and simmering) where diners are treated to a multi-course menu served using fresh seasonal produce. For drinks, you can head directly to gastrobar room 3. Indulge in Japanese tapas and imbibe in a selection of wine, whisky, premium sake, and signature cocktails like the tequila-based Jungle Cat ($160) made with tequila, passion fruit, lychee, and garnished with peppercorns, the fig-flavoured ​​Old Fashioned called Uisuki ($150) made fig liqueur, whisky, maple syrup, and the effervescent The Fiction ($180) made with gin, shiso and homemade Plantation cordial, Koshu Japanese wine, all topped with Champagne. This month, watch out for their special Sakura-inspired cocktail menu celebrating the cherry blossom season in Japan. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Sheung Wan

Over at Sheung Wan, hit up the new cosy neighbourhood restobar Call Me Al from F&B industry stalwarts Beckaly Franks (The Pontiac and Quality Goods Club) and Ezra Star (Mostly Harmless and Artifact). The venue opened in December 2022 and it's fast becoming one of the stomping grounds in the area. Call Me Al's general manager Chloe Rose has created an approachable cocktail menu that presents refreshing takes on the classics, including the gin-based Call Me Betty ($110), the frothy Calvados-based Conversations with Chevy ($100), and the punchy Zombie Al, their version of the classic cocktail complete with a fun fire display from Chloe. Wine drinkers can also check out their eclectic selection of Old World wines carefully curated by Ezra. 

  • Restaurants
  • Sheung Wan

Those who want to discover a new speakeasy-style bar can visit 69 on Jervois to check out its intimate 14-seater drinking den aptly named Behind 69 that’s located just behind the restaurant. Along with British pub fare, the space serves signature cocktails inspired by the history of the Sheung Wan neighbourhood. Cocktails include the refreshing but boozy Burd Street Blaze –  named after the Great Fire of Sheung Wan in 1851 – a mezcal-based drink served with a flaming lime wheel. The bar also serves signature versions of classic cocktails, including Manhattan made with Bulleit Bourbon and Cinzano 1757 vermouth.  

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • Lan Kwai Fong

For people who prefer exclusive wine-drinking experiences, former Hong Kong Olympic cyclist and Club Qing owner Jack Wu just opened his second bar in Central, and it is for members only. Bar Cyclone is located just below Lan Kwai Fong on Wellington Street, offering over 320 different bottles of wine from all over the world at significantly approachable prices. Members can drink wine by the glass or bottle or enjoy tasting sets, including Jack’s special omakase-style menu priced from $600 to $800. Those interested in signing up for the membership may email barcyclonehk@gmail.com.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Members' clubs
  • Central

Another members-only club joining the roster of new exclusive venues in Central is Whale Club – a two-story private venue where members can enjoy lunch and dinner or book private rooms, including a bar, gallery, and a cigar room, for any occasion. Members can access the club’s art showcase and NFT art installation, which is regularly in rotation, and attend events and private programmes. The place offers an intimate space for people who want to conduct business or rub elbows with corporate figures from the finance and crypto sectors. The kitchen, led by executive chef Andre L’Herminier, offers a Pan-Asian menu that can be paired with a wide selection of Old World and New World wines, as well as signature cocktails crafted by their in-house bartenders. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Causeway Bay

Causeway Bay is always full of surprises. Hidden amongst its buildings are tons of Japanese restaurants and watering holes that you won’t know exist unless you’re ‘in the know’. One of the recent offerings of this bustling district is the new lifestyle destination Sugar+ on Sugar Street. The building houses various restaurants and a new hangout spot, Vivere, a hip restobar owned by Jay Venn, more popularly known as Hong Kong-based drag queen Mocha Diva, who appeared in the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race in Thailand. During the daytime, Vivere offers Italian food that people can dig into, which includes seafood dishes like scallop and tiger prawn risotto or roasted lamb rack and strozzapreti with sausage ragu. At night, the place transforms into a hip club complete with adrenaline-pumping music where guests can enjoy two-for-one cocktails on Tuesdays, two-for-one main courses on Wednesdays, $200 free-flow house pours for two hours on Toxic Thursdays, their Glitch Fridays, and Vivi Nights on Saturday. Those who love spirited brunches can also look forward to their fun Drag Show Brunches every first Sunday of every month to catch Hong Kong’s popular drag queens put on a fabulous show for everyone to enjoy.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

One of the latest drinking destinations in Central, Top Town American Seafood Bar offers stunning views of the Hong Kong skyline, complemented by contemporary Italian-American dishes, quality drinks, and warm service. Owned by F&B industry veteran Gian Franco Razzani, Top Town opens on Stanley Street simultaneously with its sister venue, Manhattan-Italian Restaurant Oro, located one floor down. The bar is decked in art deco, referencing the glamour of Manhattan penthouses in the Jazz Age. Enjoy an extensive list of Italian wines and signature concoctions crafted by bar manager Vanderson 'Vandy' Santos Da Costa. Must-tries on the menu include the refreshing Chipilo ($128), a Paloma-mojito riff using mezcal and tequila with bergamot liqueur, or the Negroni twist called Influencer ($128) using Akori Sakura Gin and Glendalough Rose Gin, with notes of berries and kaffir. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

At a stone’s throw away from The Iron Fairies and taking over J. Boroski’s previous location, The Mixing Room, is the newest bar under designer Ashley Sutton’s belt. Similar to their sister venues across Asia, The Mixing Room intricately decorates its venue, featuring over 22,000 vintage bottles – containing ingredients, poetry, and probably some pixie dust too – dangling from its ceiling. Along with its comforting lighting and intimate seating, this bar is sure to be a cosy hideout spot with a warm atmosphere. Helmed by industry veteran Tom Egerton, the bar offers cocktails inspired by the characters from the Iron Fairies fairytale books.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Audiophile and a whisky lover? This new bar in Central lifestyle building FOCO will cater to your whisky and music needs. Offering one of the best hi-fi systems in the city, the CNY bar by Stinky Gents is the place to go when pairing quality whisky drams or craft cocktails with your favourite music. Their bespoke Kenrick Sound system, which is only available in three venues around the world, is enough to give you chills. Pair quality hi-fi music with any of over 150 drams of whisky and drinks inspired by popular 90s music. Along with hard-to-find drams, the bar offers cocktails inspired by classics and modern twists, including a 30-day-old oak-aged Martinez crafted by mixologist Samuel Kwok, formerly from the Quinary. Catch their regularly scheduled whisky tastings and drop by now while they are still open to the public because soon, the place will turn into a members-only bar for whisky lovers, and you have to get a referral to walk in.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Wan Chai

Another one for whisky enthusiasts, Uncle Mings, offers whisky with the best Wan Chai skyline views. Located on the 25th floor of the new hotel AKI Hong Kong – MGallery, Uncle Ming's is a brand new whisky bar that serves quality whisky from around the world. Enjoy a dram or flights of whisky from 80 prized international labels and rare single malts from six Scotland regions – Highlands, Speyside, Lowlands, Campbeltown, Islay, and Islands – and bottles from countries like Japan, Taiwan, France, India, and the United States. Whether you're into Japanese whiskies, bourbon, and other premium malts, you can explore various whisky distilling countries through a range of flights – served on custom-made boards made from whisky barrels – that allow you to taste four to six 20mls of liquid gold (price starts at $228 to $720).  

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Lola brings a twist to Hong Kong’s bar scene with its flavours inspired by Spain and Latin America. Lola’s founder, Jassi Singh, created the hip and vibrant bar to introduce Hongkongers to Spain’s laid-back lifestyle. The bar has five signature sherry-based cocktails, each inspired by different regions in Spain – Lola, Maya, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Silencio. Each cocktail features a different type of sherry and one main ingredient that pays tribute to Spanish culture, but if you’d prefer to try sherries neat, Lola offers a range of dry, medium, and sweet sherry wines as well as Spanish-sharing snacks to pair with your drinks. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Stanley

After successfully opening their wine bar in Central, Terrace by LQV is now welcoming Stanley residents to their new enclave. Offering wines with a focus on rosé, white wines, and Champagnes, paired with a Stanley al fresco atmosphere, the new bar allows guests to unwind over a relaxed bottle of wine and a curated French Mediterranean menu. Indulge in wines from artisanal producers from the South of France and Provence, and enjoy signature dishes, including Mediterranean vegetable mille-feuilles, grilled French sea bass, and Pastis flambée grilled prawns. True to its LQV roots, the venue also showcases a shop where you can purchase French wines as well as artisanal cheeses, cold cuts, jams, and freshly baked bread. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Local taproom Moonkok first opened this latest outpost in Central's new lifestyle destination FOCO before leaving it to a new owner. The bar looks like a sophisticated sister of its Mong Kok branch, complete with a private terrace and a more upscale look. On the menu, choose from a wide selection of beers, wines, craft cocktails, and innovative food with Asian and Western flavours. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Causeway Bay

After closing its Tai Hang spot in February, Second Draft has officially reopened its doors this August in its new home in Causeway Bay, just beside Little Bao Diner. The new menu will feature a range of new dishes such as grilled short ribs sandwich, Jer Jer beef tendons and beetroot and avocado, and several of their signature classics, including Tai Hang Fries and Mapo Burrata. Twenty-three taps are available in the new venue featuring Young Master Brewery's signature brews, as well as a selection of natural wines and cocktails. 

 

 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Central

From a small pet project that grew and made a considerable following in Lamma Island – where they started their brew spot, The Beer Shack – Yardley Brothers Craft Beer is now one of the most popular beer breweries in the city. Today, they've just expanded their offering with a new cafe bar, Yardleys, on the bustling Peel Street, taking over the former spot of The Roundhouse. The bar offers 12 taps focused on their signature brews, including their famous sours, ales, stouts, lagers, and limited-release barrel-aged selections. Head there for quality brews and join their fun quiz nights, where you can win a whole keg of beer, bottled beers, shots, and other treats. 

 

 

  • Music
  • Wan Chai

After snoozing for two years, The Wanch is back with a vengeance. Though we've yet to see live music performances in the city, the reopening of this 35-year institution gives us something to look forward to. Now relocated at a stone's throw from its previous location, The Wanch reopens into a spacious gastropub with a 183sq ft stage fully equipped with new high-quality audio, visual, and lighting equipment. And they're not just offering drinks but a menu offering dishes like stone-baked gourmet pizzas and burgers curated by The Wanch's executive chef Kwan Chu and consultant chef Niel Tomes of Alfies by KEE and Beef & Liberty

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Wine bars
  • Central

The group behind LQV Wan Chai - Le Bar & La Cav just opened a new wine bar in the city, and it’s a great place to drink quality vino paired with delicious pastries, and artisanal cold cut platters, cheese boards, and classic French plates made with the finest ingredients. Located above Lyndhurst Terrace, the venue covers 2,000sq ft of space with a bar, dining area, and two al fresco terraces. Come here from Tuesdays to Sundays from 3pm to 12mn, and sip on biodynamic, organic, and natural wines supplied by winemakers and artisanal producers from France.  

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Sheung Wan

Taking over the second floor of the former SYP izakaya Okra (now a Korean-inspired noodle bar Dam:a from the same team behind Korean restaurant OBP), is a new bar called Mostly Harmless headed by The Pontiac's Ezra Star. The bar takes up the old white tiled walls of Okra, where the guests' names are scribbled in Magic Markers, serving as the backdrop and stage for Ezra mixing behind the bar. Cocktails on the menu are constantly changing depending on seasonal produce and Ezra's latest market haul. They accept walk-ins, but due to limited seats, it's best to reserve before dropping by. Reservations are available on this link.  

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Wan Chai

Newly opened Western-Japanese restaurant, Maison Meiji, has joined forces with Wan Chai's Japanese whisky bar Mizunara: The Library to bring vinyl and cosy shochu cocktail lounge called Kuromaru. Kuromaru's cocktail menu shines a spotlight on shochu and awamori. You'll find shochu brands like Daiyame 40 (shochu made from sweet potato) and cask-matured The Hachi Shochu, as well as bottles from other craft distilleries in Japan. Expect refreshing highballs and signature cocktails like Awamori based Nostalgia ($120), Espresso Orange Martini ($120) made with barrel aged Shochu, and the earthy Mont Blanc Alexander ($120) made with Yaki Imo Shochu. Be sure to check out the bar's rotating monthly cocktail menu, and the bartender select cocktails using fresh ingredients of the season.  

  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Inspired by the tiki culture but with a modern approach, The Social Den is the latest bar to open on Wellington Street in Central. Behind the bar are industry veterans, Filipino mixologists Joe Villanueva (formerly of Lobster Bar and The Wise King) and Bryson Rivera (formerly of JW Marriott's Bar Q88), joined by co-founder and Dio owner Billy Ha. With two seasoned mixologists shaking up cocktails behind the stick, expect a menu of well-made signature drinks. Featuring Asian exotic fruits, our favourites on the menu include Coco Piña ($150), their version of piña colada with a kaffir twist served in frozen piña fruit; the rich but refreshing gin-based mangosteen ($120) with mangosteen chutney, Thai basil cordial, and curry powder blend; and their Margarita twist called Papaya ($100), made with tequila, papaya molasses, citrus, and fumed habanero sea salt. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Craft beer pubs
  • Central

Carbon Brews, one of the largest breweries in Hong Kong, has opened its second taproom in the heart of Central – the first one opened in Tokyo in 2021 – taking over the former space of Solas on Wyndham Street. The bar features a 28 tap system and is set in a contemporary interior design – which feels like you’re stepping into a club more than a regular taproom – reflecting the funky and modern look that the brand is known for. They're serving delicious gastropub fare to elevate your beer drinking experience. Behind the kitchen is chef Sean Yuen (formerly of Four Seasons Hotel's Caprice), who has prepared signature dishes with Mediterranean twists that pair well with Carbon Brews' unconventional beers. Starters include white bait frites served with homemade fermented hot sauce mayo that pairs perfectly with Carbon Brews IPA's Crazy Rich Lupulins and Staying Alive; and a Crazy Rich Beer Cheese with cheddar and taleggio that goes well with the brewery's sour or fruity beers. 

 

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries
  • Wan Chai

Simon Rogan's latest venue at Lee Tung Avenue, The Baker and The Bottleman, opened its second-floor wine bar – and it's where you'll see us winding down after work with a glass (or a bottle) of natural wine while chomping on charcuterie and cheese and the moreish Irish Soda Bread Loaf ($85). The wine bar menu is curated by Roganic and master sommelier Pierre Brunelli (one of only over 200 master sommeliers in the world), featuring organic and biodynamic wines from sustainable and ethical winegrowers around the world. Cocktail lovers can also order three classic cocktails from the menu, G&T, Dark and Stormy, and their signature coffee Negroni ($100 per glass). If you want to bring the experience back home, take away anything from the menu and grab a bottle from The Bottleman's hand-picked wine selection (starts at $200 per bottle) available in the first-floor shop.  

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Hollywood Road has just welcomed a new watering hole, and its spacious terraces overlooking different parts of Central make it a stand out among other bars in the area. Behind the bar are The Wise King's Sandeep Hathiramani (formerly of Tell Camellia) and Himson Lam (former bar supervisor of The Wise King). Perfect for gatherings and celebrations, guests can enjoy shisha, party punch cocktails served in bowls, and single servings of drinks that some of us used to drink in the 90s, which include reinterpreted versions of lychee martini, tequila sunrise, Blue Hawaii, and Amaretto Sour using premium spirits and fresh ingredients. 

  • Restaurants
  • Tai Hang

Tiki-inspired bars are making their comeback in the city, and if you're looking for good sipping rums and tropical cocktails served in ceramic tiki mugs, head to Tai Hang's new watering hole, Maka Hiki Tropical Bar & Grill. This bar and restaurant is headed by restaurateur Maxence Traverse, the French mixologist who opened the city's first tiki cocktail lounge, Honi Honi. Maka Hiki is the contemporary cousin of Honi Honi, showcasing subdued Polynesian-themed decor and Max's 'tiki chic' concept inspired by his island experiences. The place is perfect for casual meetups with friends where you can enjoy thoughtful drinks (and some new renditions of Honi Honi's well-loved signature tipples) and delicious food crafted by chef Russell Doctrove inspired by flavours from the Caribbean, Polynesia, Indian Ocean, and Southeast Asia.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho

Peel Street's ever-changing landscape is adding a new fun, casual, and colourful bar to its fold. Furutu is a new concept bar that will be focused on ume liqueur-based cocktails and highballs. The bar will offer four variations of highballs and cocktails that can be served on the rocks, straight, or with soda (+$10) or 'go hard' (+$20) in brightly coloured paper cups showcasing the brand's fruity characters. Drinks include the Kitajima Salted Yuzu Liqueur ($68), Nakata Peach Umeshu ($78),Tsukushi Green Tea Umeshu ($68), and concoctions like The Yuzu Collins ($98) and the Pear Sour ($98). Founded by a group of friends passionate about Japanese culture, the bar not only serves drinks but also offers cute merchandise featuring its fruity characters, which will be available in-store or on its newly launched website that includes the handy Wine Chiller ($98), customised playing cards ($98), tees, and tote bags (starts at $188). Those looking for small bites can also order from the bar's selection of skewers. 

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