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Le Quinze Vins
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The best wine bars in Hong Kong

Bookmark this list for your next wine session

By Time Out Hong Kong
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Hong Kong is home to many excellent wine bars ranging from dressy romantic spots to more casual watering holes. With so many options and a lengthy wine list, it's hard to pick out the best ones. So, if you're searching for a place to taste New World, Old World, and organic wines, or are simply looking to expand your palate, here's a list of our favourite spots that are at the top of their wine game.

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The best wine bars in Hong Kong

James Suckling Wine Central
James Suckling Wine Central
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James Suckling Wine Central

Restaurants Soho

Founded by world-famous wine critic James Suckling, the bar stands out amongst the wine bars in Hong Kong. Here oenophiles can indulge in a wine list covering James' 100-point rated wines during his decades-long career as a wine critic. Taste over 400 wines by the glass with an emphasis on Italian wines from Tuscany, Piedmont, and Veneto regions, as well as Bordeaux wines, and Port. Sip on a full-bodied 2015 Siro Pacenti Brunello Vecchie Vigne ($255 per glass) or the complex 2017 Sixto' Moxee Chardonnay ($180 per glass) in specially crafted Lalique stemware that James designed himself. Make sure to catch their Happy Hour – which offers $60 per glass every Monday to Saturday, 3pm to 5.30pm – so you can try some labels that would typically be available at $600 to $950 per bottle. 

La Cabane
La Cabane
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La Cabane Wine Bistro

Bars and pubs Soho

An intimate and permanently buzzing space like something out of a Parisian arrondissement. La Cabane is a great place for anyone seeking an extensive natural wine (additive-free wines without pesticides, chemicals, and made with the least possible sulphates) list. You can find 350 different wines from France, Italy, Spain, and Greece sourced directly from individual winemakers. Drink wine by the glass between $70 to $140 from their monthly updated wine list. And if you're feeling hungry, the kitchen serves a rotating menu of French dishes along with platters of charcuterie and artisan cheeses. 

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Le Quinze Vins
Le Quinze Vins
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Le Quinze Vins

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Wine bars Wan Chai

This cosy Parisian wine bar is a perfect haven for discerning drinkers of fine French wine. Their cellar boasts an impressive selection of 1,000 French bottles with a menu that offers wine maps and information from the wine regions – a handy-guide for anyone ordering from the extensive list. Based on our experience, a glass of Burgundy's full-bodied Gevrey-Chambertin is always a great start. The bar's location in Wan Chai is just opposite its sister fromagerie La Cremerie which stocks a wide selection of farmhouse cheeses from France, simply nip across the street and bring some back to pair with your vino.

Le Bistro Winebeast
Le Bistro Winebeast
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Le Bistro Winebeast

Bars and pubs Wine bars Wan Chai

Le Bistro Winebeast offers a superb selection of French and organic wines from their retail shop, which you can pair with modern French dishes. The wine pairing menu frequently changes so you can expect a different experience every time you visit. You may also catch occasionally scheduled wine dinners showcasing various winemakers from different parts of the world to get intimate learning about certain bottlings while enjoying a specially curated meal.  

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Nocturne
Nocturne
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Nocturne

4 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Wine bars Central

Nocturne is on the quieter end of Peel Street and hidden away by its nondescript door. The bar specialises in whisky and wine, so if you like these two liquids, then it's the best place to visit. With over 150 whiskies and more than 250 wines to choose from, the tasting possibilities are endless. The wine menu is focused on the best labels that the Old World has to offer, and most of the bottles can be sampled because the bar uses Coravins. Nocturne's by the glass offering is regularly updated, so you are sure to try different varietals when you visit. 

121BC Hollywood Road
121BC Hollywood Road
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121BC (Hollywood Road)

Restaurants Central

This osteria and enoteca originally opened on Peel Street as a sister restaurant to the now-closed 121BC Cantina & Enoteca in Sydney. Now relocated in their brand-new wine-cellar-style underground Hollywood Road location, the spot offers an intimate space for gourmand and oenophiles. Savour seasonal Italian dishes prepared by Australian-born chef Fabio Nicotra and pair it with wines from the restaurant's extensive wine list highlighting natural, organic, and biodynamic wines sourced directly from the producers in Italy. If you need help with your orders, the friendly staff will always recommend the best wine pairing to go with your meal. 

 

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Brut
Brut
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Brut!

Restaurants Fusion Sai Ying Pun

Run by Camille Glass and George Kwok, the bar is intimate and highlights a modest natural wine menu that is mostly served by the glass. It's a place where you can relax, and discover interesting new wines without being intimidated by a vast list of labels. Their wine selections are written on the wall and changes regularly. Pair their wines with their creative sharing plates which go especially well with the biodynamic wines on offer.

The Fine Wine Experience
The Fine Wine Experience
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The Fine Wine Experience

Shopping Sai Ying Pun

Technically it is not a wine bar, but an event's place and a wine shop. We included it in the list because you can buy any of the wines from the store and enjoy the bottle within the shop while learning about the bottlings nuances and tasting notes from their expert sommelier and wine stewards. Located in Sai Ying Pun, The Fine Wine Experience, offers a wide selection of fine wines from various regions, including collector-grade, limited edition and rare whiskies. The place is great for wine enthusiasts and collectors looking for a great range of unique wines. They also offer tasting workshops and dining events, so if you're interested in expanding your knowledge on wine, stay updated with any of their scheduled event series by visiting their website

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Bar Q88
Bar Q88
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Bar Q88

3 out of 5 stars
Bars and pubs Hotel bars Admiralty

If you worry that tackling an entire bottle is going to make people question your life decisions, Bar Q88 has more than 40 options you can try by the glass. And if you’re concerned about hotel bar prices, just stop by during the regular happy hour – every day except Sunday – for a neat buy-one-get-one-free deal on certain labels.

Premier Cru
Premier Cru
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Premier Cru

Bars and pubs Wine bars Sai Ying Pun

If you’re gathering friends or family for a special occasion or a catch-up, plan a takeover of Premier Cru. It’s a cosy space ideal for groups of about 15 to 20. The place offers over 1,000 labels of wines highlighting French wines from the Rhone Valley and Burgundy region. There’s even a small terrace so you can grab some fresh air if you need a break from all the socialising.

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