Best Vietnamese restaurants in Hong Kong
Vietnamese food is nothing new to our city, and has been a popular cuisine for Hongkongers to slurp away on for quite a few years now. Whether it's the steaming soups of Ho Chi Minh City, or the fragrant street food offerings of Hanoi, Vietnamese dishes are often well executed in our city by a number of talented chefs who know the cuisine like the back of their hand. In this lineup, we largely forgo the humble banh mi – for which we already have an exclusive article – and instead slurp and crunch our way around the restaurants serving some of the best Vietnamese soupy, noodly and rice-filled in town. The best part is that more than a few of these do delivery and takeout, so, whether you're looking for a light lunch, or a decadent dinner feast, these might be right for you. RECOMMENDED: For more delivery options, check out our ever-evolving list of the best delivery and takeout options in Hong Kong right now.
Best açaí and smoothie bowls in Hong Kong
Açaí and smoothie bowls are a staple breakfast for many in Hongkongers, especially come the summer when Hong Kong’s heat and humidity call for a refreshing note to start the day on. With mixtures of berries and sweet toppings such as coconut flakes and chocolate granola commonly adorning these delicious bowls, they’re hard to resist for those who want a delectable and nutrient-rich breakfast. Lucky for us, there are a variety of cafes around town that offer these mouth-watering bowls and all at a digestible price. Whether you decide to take away or have these sweet yet nutritious treats delivered to you, they are all worth the bite. Here are some of the best places to visit in Hong Kong to find the best açaí and smoothie bowls and the best thing is, they are all Instagram-worthy! By Shanti Parmanand RECOMMENDED: Looking for another food craze amongst Hongkongers? Check out where to get the best avocado dishes.
Best new restaurants in Hong Kong
As we move into August, the situation in the city continues to be a challenging one, with eateries across the city prohibited from serving dine-in customers between the hours of 6pm and 5am – many offer takeout and delivery, however – and restaurants limited to operating at 50 per cent capacity with a maximum of two customers per table outside of these hours. Despite all this, however, a string of exciting restaurants have continued to open, offering everything from traditional French cuisine, to CBD-infused drinks and snacks. All of this month's new entries into Hong Kong's stellar food and beverage scene are open for takeaway, which is good news for those who would rather enjoy their treats in the comfort of home. RECOMMENDED: Check out the restaurants, both new and old, with the best delivery and takeout services in the city.
9 best places for avocado dishes in Hong Kong
Avocados have, for some time now, held a place in the heart of many a food-loving Hongkonger for some time now, and it's easy to see why. Not only are these fruits deliciously moreish but they are also incredibly versatile and boast a range of health benefits. We're lucky in this city to have more than a few great restaurants that take the humble avocado and elevate this buttery fruit into something great. To celebrate International Avocado Day, we thought we'd give the lowdown on some of our favourites. Here are 10 places to visit in Hong Kong to find the best avocado dishes, and the best part is that many of these do delivery and takeaway so you can avo blast at home. By Sam Evans and Chloe Li RECOMMENDED: Looking for more food choices that can be delivered to your door? Check out our list of the best delivery and takeaway services in Hong Kong right now.
Hong Kong’s best local bakeries
Hong Kong bakeries are essential to our local culture. Because let’s be honest, most of us don’t have the time to have a sit-down breakfast. Bakeries are the sacred pit stop many of us visit on our way to work for some much-needed sustenance in the form of a hearty bun. Local bakeries are also purveyors of homemade, carb-tastic traditional Hong Kong pastries like wife cakes, chicken biscuits, and cream cones. Whatever you're craving for, these historic Hong Kong bakeries have got you covered with the best bread and buns.RECOMMENDED: If carb is life, consider being regulars at one of these ramen joints in Hong Kong.
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The best food and drink delivery in Hong Kong
Best restaurant deals for delivery and takeaway in Hong Kong
Recent social distancing regulations have been placed on restaurants, and while it may be a little harder – and less appealing – to venture out to your favourite eateries, there are plenty of delivery and takeaway options for you to choose from in Hong Kong, and many have great deals on, to boot. To help you narrow things down, we've selected some of our favourite, top-notch restaurants in Hong Kong that are offering great deals on food delivery and takeaway. All that's left for you to do now is set the table and eat up! RECOMMENDED: Prefer to do the cooking yourself? There are some great online grocery delivery services that can help you.
The best alcohol delivery services in Hong Kong
Now that the city's bars, pubs, and clubs are closed until July 21, thirsty Hongkongers will be turning to their homes to drink their favourite tipples. If you're looking for liquor delivery options to stock up on your supply, this roundup of the best alcohol delivery services will let you kick back and wait for the booze to arrive on your doorstep. RECOMMENDED: If you're wondering what cocktails to make, check out these classic cocktail recipes. Are you missing your favourite Hong Kong bars? Here's how you can support them during the temporary closure.
Hong Kong bars now offering cocktail takeaway and delivery
While we wait for bars to reopen on July 21, our regular cocktail hour has temporarily moved from the bar to our homes. If you're still having a hard time crafting that perfect tipple, set your bartending dreams aside for now because our favourite neighbourhood bars are ensuring you don't go thirsty during this dry season. Also, by ordering from them during these trying times, you'll be able to support their businesses and their staff who are working hard to keep their bars afloat. So, whether you're after wine, sake, beer, or cocktails, here's a list of all the bars and pubs in Hong Kong that are mixing up drink takeaways and delivering bottled cocktails to customers. RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for other liquor delivery options to stock up on your supply, check out our roundup of the best alcohol delivery services in Hong Kong
Best coffee delivery in Hong Kong
Coffee holds a lot of importance to a lot of us. Whether as the perfect kick start to wake us up ahead of that morning zoom meeting with the team, or as a mid-afternoon pick me up when the lunchtime carbs start catching up with us, this caffeinated beverage is a lifesaver! We are lucky to live in a city with so many great cafes serving the best-quality brews for our enjoyment and indulgence. Just because we're staying in more as of late, this doesn't mean that we can't enjoy our favourite cup of joe, because now many of our favourite coffee shops are delivering right to our doors! RECOMMENDED: If you're looking for more delivery services, check out our list of the restaurants doing the best takeout and delivery services in Hong Kong.
Best online grocery delivery stores in Hong Kong
Don't have time for grocery shopping? Far too exhausted after work? Or do you simply don't want to leave the house? Whatever it is, you can save yourself the time and effort and check out these online grocery delivery sites in Hong Kong. From organic food shops to stores that cater to specific dietary needs, our list covers it all. RECOMMENDED: With all that food, don’t forget to stock up on the drinks too. Check out our list of the best alcohol delivery services in Hong Kong.
8 Award-winning restaurants that do delivery
From Michelin-starred restaurants to those that recently ranked in Asia's top 50, there's no shortage of award-winning restaurants in Hong Kong. During these trying times, many of us may not want to venture out for a sit-down meal, but fortunately, this doesn't mean that we can't enjoy the fabulous fare from some of the city's most prestigious eateries. Yes, that's right, some of the acclaimed restaurants in Hong Kong are now doing delivery, and we welcome it with open arms and growling stomachs. RECOMMENDED: Be sure to also check our list of other top quality restaurants that are delivering in Hong Kong now!
Make these recipes at home
9 cheap and easy ways to upgrade your instant noodles
Instant noodles may not be the healthiest carbs to ingest, but there's no denying that they're an easy go-to when your stomach starts rumbling. Plus, when done right, they don't always have to be so unhealthy and can taste amazing too! So, to help you up the noodle game, we've put together some tasty ideas on how you can instantly upgrade your noodles without breaking the bank. And no, it's not just eggs and ham. RECOMMENDED: Too lazy? We get it. Perhaps this roundup of our favourite restaurants offering delivery or takeaway services may interest you instead.
Ask the expert: sweet peas and razor clams recipe by chef Ferran Tadeo
Recreate the delicious recipe of sweet peas and razor clams by La Rambla's Executive Chef Ferran Tadeo as demonstrated during Time Out Hong Kong's Ask the expert series. How to make sweet peas and razor clams (serves two people) Photograph: Tatum Ancheta Ingredients: 2/3 cup sweet peas5/8 cup shallots1 cup diced carrots1 clove chopped garlic1.5 tbsp Sherry vinegar6 razor clams (may be replaced with clams, prawn, squid, pork, or chicken) 1/2 cup fish stock2 tablespoons butterchopped chives for garnish 1/2 cup olive oilsaltblack pepper Directions: 1. Leave the razor clams in salted water overnight. (Not applicable if using prawn, squid, pork or chicken)2. Cut all the vegetables.3. Heat the pan and start to cook the garlic in low heat. When the garlic changes in colour, add the shallots and the carrots. Wait until it's cooked, then add the vinegar and reduce until evaporated. Turn off the heat and set aside the dish for later use.4. Take out the razor clams from the water and cook in a pan until they fully open. Optional: You may add some white wine for extra flavour5. Once the razor clams are cooked, take out the meat from the shell and set aside. 6. Turn on the heat and sauté the vegetables in the pot together with the sweet peas. Sauté for one minute and add the fish stock.7. Wait for the mixture to boil then turn off the heat and add the butter.8. Move the pot until the butter is fully melted. Season the dish with salt and pepper. Add in the razor clams.9. Plate t
Drink This: Super Highball
With the continuous rise of Japanese whiskies and the current trend on fizzy drinks, we have seen a recent surge of highball cocktails appearing on bar menus. But as cocktail menus get more complicated Mizunara: The Library’s head mixologist, Masahiko Endo, shows us a classic Japanese highball that is not often served in Hong Kong bars, the Super Highball. RECOMMENDED: Get to know the women behind the stick in Hong Kong's bar scene Japanese highballs are commonly mixed with whisky and soda water. The Super Highball requires two kinds of whiskies, one base whisky (preferably a blended one) and a smoky or sherried one on top. “Many customers in Japan know about this kind of style,” Masahiko says. “A highball is an easy-drinking cocktail, and sometimes, a customer wants something extra with a unique smoky flavour, or maybe a heavier sherry flavour on top. Adding that layer of flavour gives the classic Japanese highball a deeper complexity.” Mizunara's head mixologist, Masahiko Endo “The flavours are dependent on what kind of blended whisky you want to use. And also, what type of flavour profile you want,” he adds. You can use pretty much any whisky that you prefer and top it with a complementing stronger whisky on top. For this recipe, Masahiko used a blended whisky with a rounded malt profile, notes of green-apple, fruitcake, butterscotch, with a hint of smoke. He made it into a classic highball and floated a chilled peaty single malt on top. "In Japan, most bartenders just
5 quirky viral recipes you should try at home
From viral TikTok challenges to toilet paper cakes, people can get really creative when they're stuck at home. If you don't have the patience or upper arm strength to whip up your own Dalgona coffee (are people still doing that?), perhaps these bizarre recipes would interest you instead. RECOMMENDED: Get serious with cooking with the help of these online cooking channels in Hong Kong.
Drink This: Cocktail recipes to make at home
We've asked our readers what's their favourite cocktails are so we can teach them how to make it at home. They asked for G&T, old fashioned, whisky sour, Bees Knees, Moscow Mule, and Dirty Martini recipes. Now, get your hands dirty and get crackin' on these drinks. Tips: If you have no bar tools at home, you can easily use readily available tools from your kitchen. Bar spoon = regular spoonShaker = use your metal water tumblers Strainer = get your mom's kitchen strainer, it will doMixing glass = any glass or jars will do RECOMMENDED: Need supplies? Check out these liquor delivery services. Click here to know how you can help Hong Kong's bar industry during the pandemic
Where to eat in Hong Kong
The 50 best restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
Times are exceptionally difficult for our city's restaurants right now, with the spread of the coronavirus, and the unfortunate but necessary social distancing requirements, currently providing many obstacles for Hong Kong's stellar eateries. In light of the current situation, we feel that recognition and support of our restaurant scene is particularly important right now. We've done that by updating this list with restaurants around the city that have been doing great things, even if current events have led to a temporary halt in operations. Read on, then as we present our pick of Hong Kong's 50 best restaurants, and get some inspiration for where your next meal could be when the time's right or click on the restaurants with an 'order for delivery' button so you can have their dishes delivered to your door.
Best new restaurants in Hong Kong
It seems as though Hong Kong's stellar food scene is making a healthy comeback from all the troubles that befell us earlier in the year, with new openings around the city offering the latest and greatest cuisine trends. This month we see the opening of a new yakiniku restaurant in Central, a refined Korean eatery, a nostalgically themed teppanyaki joint, an exciting new food hall under one of the city's most iconic skyscrapers, and more! Read on to get your mouth watering. RECOMMENDED: Looking for food to beat the summer heat? Check out our list of the best cold dishes for summer.
Hong Kong’s best yakitori
When you’ve finished slurping up the best ramen, you’ve tried all the best omakase restaurants and you’re tired of takeout sushi, it’s time for some yakitori. Found at dedicated yakitori shops, street stalls and izakayas throughout Japan, these barbecued skewers are traditionally made with chicken but can involve other meats and veggies, too. Yakitori skewers should be smoky, well-seasoned, crunchy on the outside and succulent within. The tradition is to use the whole animal, so you’ll find gizzards, hearts, livers, intestines and crispy chicken skin all cut into equal pieces for even cooking. The popular tradition has become a firm Hong Kong favourite, spurred on by the legendary Yardbird. But don’t fall fowl to the misconception that there’s only one player on the yakitori scene. Here are the best Japanese barbecue spots in the SAR. By Sam Sinha and Holly Graham RECOMMENDED: For our most comprehensive guide to the Land of the Rising Sun, check out the best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's best cheap eats
As celebrity chef Paul Prudhomme once put it: you don’t need a silver fork to eat good food. In honour of that adage, the Time Out Hong Kong food team has trawled the islands to sniff out the 51 best bites under 50 bucks. This summer, celebrate the noodle vendors, skewer sellers and eggette experts that make Hong Kong such a wonderful place to eat. RECOMMENDED: Sink your teeth into a spread at some of Hong Kong’s best restaurants.
Hong Kong’s best hotpot restaurants
Whenever the temperature drops and the weather gets chilly in our city, a good hotpot is the go-to-method to warm up. But unlike claypot rice and snake soup, which tend to be seasonal delights, Hongkongers crave hotpot all year round. From Taiwanese stinky tofu to painfully delicious spicy soup broths, follow our guide to the best and most unique hotpot spots in town.RECOMMENDED: Need to hunker down somewhere to avoid the cold? These cosy Hong Kong bars and cafés might be just what you’re looking for.
Hong Kong’s best egg waffles
Much like French toast and lai cha, egg waffles/eggettes – or gai daan zai – are a street food staple in Hong Kong. While you can never go wrong with the classic style, local food stalls have continuously rolled out new and unconventional combos to keep things fresh and original. From one based on the current craze for salted egg to an Instagrammable star patterned variety, we pit the most popular egg waffles against one another in order to crown the best in Hong Kong.
13 best mooncakes to try this Mid-Autumn Festival
The idea of chomping on endless mooncakes may seem far away right now, but before you know it, the Mid-Autumn Festival will be upon us, and you'll be scouring left and right trying to find the perfect festive treat to gift to family and friends. Every year, the creative flavours and phenomenal packaging lure us in, and this year is no exception. Here are our best picks so far... RECOMMENDED: Enjoy summer’s myriad of sweet treats! Check out these luscious matcha desserts in Hong Kong, and sip on a glass or three of the coolest drinks for the summer.
5 traditional Chinese dishes vanishing from Hong Kong menus
From dim sum to claypot rice, Chinese gastronomy has a long history going back thousands of years. Many traditional dishes take hours to prepare and include an arduous process as the chef battles with many complicated ingredients. Sadly, as unique as these handcrafted creations are, they are too labour intensive to be commercially viable, especially within Hong Kong's diverse and vibrant food scene. While some esteemed restaurants try to keep these dishes on the menu, the chefs behind them could be the last to uphold these culinary traditions. Read about the remaining restaurants in town that are keeping the traditions alive. Try them – while you still can. RECOMMENDED: Luckily, Hong Kong still has plenty of dishes that are unique only to Hong Kong.
Best milk tea in Hong Kong
Hong Kong has a slew of unique and iconic foods, but everyone knows that Hong Kong-style milk tea (lai cha) is by far the most iconic beverage of all. From choosing the right tea leaves and knowing how long to brew it, to how hard to pour the tea while controlling the temperature – making milk tea a work of art, and knowing how to do all of the above is something that takes years to master. With so many options available at an assortment of cha chaan tengs and dai pai dongs, we’re determined to track down the best ones. Here’s our list of the top ones right here. RECOMMENDED: Prefer to have your drink sweet, colourful, and on the go? Check out these bubble tea shops offering just that. Or, if you’re looking for something more healthy, our city has some great cold-pressed juice shops too.
Best cart noodles in Hong Kong
While slurping pleasures like ramen, udon, and tsukemen are really hard to beat, there’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of cart noodles to any true Hongkonger. Emerged in the 1950s, this unique Hong Kong offering was initially sold by food vendors who roamed the streets with a wooden cart (hence its name). Though vendors on wheels are rarely seen nowadays, cart noodles remains a stalwart favourite of many city dwellers and luckily, we can always get a fix of this iconic indulgence at numerous local eateries – here are some of the best you need to try. By Natalie Lam RECOMMENDED: Craving more local delicacies? Take your pick from Hong Kong’s best street food essentials.
Restaurants by cuisine
The best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong
Hongkongers have always had a soft spot for Japanese cuisine. We’ll fly all the way to Tokyo for some authentic Japanese food, drop thousands of dollars on omakase dinners, indulge in all types of matcha desserts, and gorge on $10-a-plate conveyor belt sushi just to satisfy our craving for Japanese cuisine. To save yourself the overseas trip, we scoped out some of the best Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong. From ramen joints to Michelin-starred eateries, this list has got ’em all. RECOMMENDED: Looking for something a little more exotic? Check out these vibrant Mediterranean restaurants in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong's best Taiwanese restaurants
It's no secret that Hongkongers love Taiwan. Graduation trip? Go to Taiwan. Weekend getaway? Go to Taiwan. And most importantly, one of the things we love most about this place is its incredible local cuisine (and all the amazing bubble tea shops it has brought us). Yet, with that being said, authentic Taiwanese food is surprisingly the unicorn of the HK foodie scene – it’s rumoured to exist, but difficult to substantiate. So, we did the homework for you and gathered some of our favourite Taiwanese restaurants in Hong Kong that most certainly deserve your attention. RECOMMENDED: Looking for more places to eat? Check out our selection of the best new restaurants this month, or dig into these all-you-can-eat dim sum spreads.
Best Indian restaurants in Hong Kong
Thanks to the diverse population of Hong Kong and its proud reputation as a food paradise, the city is home to incredibly varied international cuisines. One of the most prominent being Indian food. Known for its bold flavours and distinct range of choices, this cuisine is no stranger to our SAR's shores. Whether you’re dining on a budget, or spending the big bucks at some of the more prestigious restaurants on this list, like Michelin-starred New Punjab Club, these restaurants will surely satisfy your curry cravings. By Elaine Lok and Sam Evans RECOMMENDED: Fancy Thai food instead? Check out our list of the best Thai restaurants in the city that will delivery to your door.
The 12 best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong you have to try
Italian cuisine comes in many different forms. There’s intricate Michelin-starred fine dining, rustic family-style spreads and huge, comforting pizzas for friends to share. Instead of settling for just any old eatery that serves Italian food, we went armed with our forks to pick out the 13 best Italian restaurants in Hong Kong.RECOMMENDED: Want more meat than carbs? Head to one of these steakhouses to satisfy your carnivorous cravings. Or try a Japanese restaurant if you’ve got a hankering for some Asian flavours.
Best Thai restaurants doing delivery and takeout in Hong Kong
Thai cuisine is among the most celebrated in the world, with its diverse range of flavours from dreamily aromatic to burn-your-tongue spicy, and from stodgy and meaty to light and bouncy – looking at you, pad Thai. There's no cuisine on earth like it, and that's the reason so many of us Hongkongers love a good yellow curry, or a crunchy, soupy khao soi. We've got more than our fair share of Thai spots dotted around the city, but in times like this when eating out may be off the table – forgive the pun – for some, we can all take comfort in the fact that some of our very favourites are doing delivery and takeaway. Here are some of the best in the city that are offering dishes for you to eat in the comfort of home. RECOMMENDED: Inspired by your binge watching sessions of the latest K-dramas on Netflix? Well, you might want to check out our list of Korean restaurants doing delivery, instead.
Hong Kong's best Mediterranean restaurants
What's not to love about bread, olive oil and wine, the holy trinity of Mediterranean cuisine? This comforting coastal fare is not boxed in by a single culture, rather, it is influenced by a variety of flavours as the Mediterranean basin touches parts of Europe, Asia and Africa. From Egyptian to Levantine, Ottoman to Greek, Italian to Spanish and Balkin to Provençal, here are some of our favourite spots in Hong Kong that will transport you to the home of sun and sea. RECOMMENDED: If your taste buds prefer to keep things in Asia, check out our list of the best Taiwanese restaurants in Hong Kong.
Where to drink in Hong Kong
The 50 best Hong Kong bars
There are so many outstanding Hong Kong bars that it’s hard to decide how and where to allocate your time, money and rapidly diminishing sobriety. Whether you want a fancy cocktail at a speakeasy, a bottle of biodynamic wine, a hazy IPA at a craft beer joint, or something else entirely, there’s something for you in our famously crowded and fast-paced city. We’ve put our livers on the line to deliver you a definitive list of the 50 best Hong Kong bars. Enjoy! Visited somewhere on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDrinkList. You can also find out more about how Time Out makes recommendations and reviews bars here.
Best cafés and coffee shops in Hong Kong
Forget the stereotypes, Hong Kong coffee culture is about more than just showing up to work 15 minutes late with a Starbucks’ latte. Despite the popularity of traditional Hongkie drinks like lai cha and yin yang, our city is home to an increasing number of coffee connoisseurs. More and more speciality cafés are popping up around town to cater to different taste buds, and not just to cater to demand for espresso and a flat white but nitro coffee and unusual brews, too.This guide will lead you to all the best coffee shops in Hong Kong, all the way from Sheung Wan to hidden gems in Cheung Chau.
The best whisky bars in Hong Kong
Hong Kong is home to some of Asia's best bars serving up excellent cocktails, but if you're after some good old liquid gold, the city is chock-full of bars that specialise in whisky. Whether you enjoy it in a highball, cocktail, on the rocks, or neat – here's a list of must-visit whisky joints in Hong Kong with a great selection of tasting drams and whisky cocktails. RECOMMENDED: Stocking up for your home bar? Here's a rundown of the best whiskies to order online below $600
The best wine bars in Hong Kong
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. RECOMMENDED: Looking for some local drinks? Check out our list of the best cocktails in our city with a true Hong Kong flavour
The best sake bars in Hong Kong
Given the high quality and variety of Japanese food in Hong Kong, it’s no surprise that there’s an equally impressive range of bars serving excellent sake. The fermented rice beverage is finally taking off in Hong Kong. Whether you know your namazake from your junmaishu or are just getting started with this Japanese drink, there’s a sake bar perfect for you.RECOMMENDED: If sake isn’t your thing, why not try one of Hong Kong’s best craft beer bars or cocktail bars instead?
Bars by district
The best bars in Central
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.
15 best bars in Causeway Bay
Causeway Bay doesn't immediately elicit visions of great nightlife. Shopping malls, tucked-away restaurants and heaving crowds, yes, but neighbouring districts Wan Chai and Central tend to get all the attention when it comes to bar life. Things are changing, though. The crowded neighbourhood has heaps to offer to bar hoppers, from Belgian beer specialists The Artist House and sky-high Alto to humble sports pubs like Ruggers. Draw inspiration for your next night out with this rundown of the best bars in Causeway Bay. RECOMMENDED: Once your liver has recovered, hop across the harbour and explore the best bars in Tsim Sha Tsui.
The best bars in Wan Chai and Admiralty
Once infamous for being the seedy heart of Hong Kong Island, Wan Chai has shed much of its sleazy reputation. Sure, it’s still not entirely wholesome – there remains a good number of bars on Lockhart Road that don’t count as ‘family friendly’ – but the neighbourhood has come a long way and is now home to an increasing number of top-tier bars complete with brilliant cocktails and amazing rooftop views, not to mention some awesome cheap eats too. Admiralty next door is no slouch either when it comes to offering good places to drink, so join us as we bring you our round-up of 20 of the best bars in these adjoining neighbourhoods.RECOMMENDED: While you're here, you might want to consider checking out the winners of our second annual Time Out Bar Awards!
The 9 best bars in Sai Ying Pun
It may be a whole lot quieter than its neighbours to the east, but Sai Ying Pun still has plenty of places where you can get a good drink. Indeed, Hong Kong's residential oasis even has a couple of top cocktail spots, including one of the best gin joints on the island in Ping Pong 129 and an outpost of Bali's coolest beach club, Potato Head. Who would've thunk it? Actually, if you've spent any amount of time in Sai Ying Pun at all, the answer to that (rhetorical) question would be you. From colourful street art to high-quality coffee to a measure of authenticity in the form of bustling wet markets and dried seafood shops, this neighbourhood has it all. If you're looking for an alternative to the nightlife in Central and Sheung Wan, head out to Sai Ying Pun and see what this district has to offer. RECOMMENDED: Don't stop at Sai Ying Pun. Drink your way across our SAR, seeing how many of our favourite bars you can visit without going broke or battering your liver into oblivion.
The best bars in Lan Kwai Fong
Love it or hate it, Lan Kwai Fong is increasingly home to a number of great bars as well as clubs. In recent years there’s been a concerted effort to raise standards in the neighbourhood – places like the departed Hong Kong Brewhouse, its floor littered with peanut shells and sticky with spilt beer, clearly represent the past. Ignore the mob out on the street or the teenagers hanging outside ‘Club 7-Eleven’, and find out for yourself by visiting one of these best bars in Lan Kwai Fong.RECOMMENDED: If you want more great drinks, check out our guide to Hong Kong’s 50 best bars. Or in case you need to sober up, try one of Central’s best coffeeshops.
Best bars in Tsim Sha Tsui to try right now
The best bars in Central may grab all the headlines and awards but that doesn’t mean you should neglect going to the other side of the harbour for a tipple or two. From basement bars like Time Park to sky-high venues like Ozone and Aqua Spirit, Tsim Sha Tsui has no shortage of truly great places to enjoy a drink. In this bustling district, you’re bound to find something to satisfy all sippers, whether it’s world-class cocktails at Butler, premium whiskies at Tiffany’s New York Bar or delicious craft beers at the likes of Kowloon Taproom or Zhang Men Brewing Company. Oh, and if you’re just in search for a really good time, there’s even a darts bar. RECOMMENDED: Be sure to check out our Tsim Sha Tsui neigbhourhood guide for the best things to see, eat and do while you’re here.