Ever since the local government removed all duty-related customs for wine in early 2008, demand for the tipple has surged in Hong Kong. Our SAR now imports more than three-times as much wine, in terms of value, as it did in 2007. As a result, Hong Kong is now home to many more excellent wine bars than used to be the case. Whether you want small-batch vintages or just somewhere nice to relax with a bottle and some friends, there’s a place for you.
Best wine bars in Hong Kong
Okay, so Arcane is primarily a restaurant, but it still carries a hefty 20-page wine list. Not enough? Bring a bottle of your own – so long as it’s not already on the wine list – for a corkage fee of $400. The restaurant is cosy and super intimate. In cooler months, the outdoor terrace, decorated with plants, is perfect for a romantic evening.
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.
The Wan Chai outpost of this small chain is the perfect place to indulge in this impeccable combination. LQV has a grape and flavour to suit every palate and just opposite is its sister fromagerie, La Cremerie. Stocking a wide selection of farmhouse cheeses from France, simply nip across the street and bring some back to pair with your vino.
If small-batch wines are your jam, then head along to Mee Lun Street. Oz Terriors may be tiny – the drinking takes place on the steps outside – but it’s home to an extremely exciting range of Australian wines – many limited to just a few hundred cases. If you want something unique, here’s where to go.
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 specialises in French wines and there are more than 1,000 labels to choose from. There’s even a small terrace so you can grab some fresh air if you need a break from all the socialising.