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The best LGBTQ+ venues to visit in Hong Kong to celebrate Global Pride

LGBTQ+-friendly spots in the city that throw some of the most colourful festivities in town

Edited by
Tatum Ancheta
Written by
Time Out editors
&
Cherry Chan
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While same-sex marriage is still not legalised in Hong Kong, the city remains one of the most welcoming cities in East Asia for members of the LGBTQ+ community and is even gearing up to host the Gay Games in 2023 (from November 3 to 11). Pride Month often falls off the radar in Hong Kong for June because the city's pride celebrations usually take place in November. But if you're looking for places to celebrate Global Pride this month, the city is peppered with bars, nightclubs, and LGBTQI-friendly spots that throw some of the most colourful parties and festivities in town. Whether you want muscly bartenders and karaoke, live entertainment, or just some decent drinks and to meet like-minded people, hit up any of these venues in the city.

RECOMMENDED: Following the recent developments of pandemic measures in the city, all patrons of bars and clubs must provide a negative RAT test before entering the premises. Click here to learn more. 

Best LGBTQ+ friendly spots in Hong Kong

  • LGBTQ+
  • Causeway Bay

If you’re looking to get involved in the skating world in Hong Kong but have no idea where to start, Madame Quad has got you covered. This LGBTQI friendly venue in Causeway Bay is your one-stop-shop if you want to buy all your protective gear, apparel or separate parts needed to customise your own pair of skates, all available in – a rainbow of choices. If you’re looking for someone to practise your skills with, sign up to their skate meetups on their website. With varying levels of difficulty and the option to rent skates and protective gear, they are inclusive in every aspect.

  • Hotels
  • Admiralty

Showing their solidarity with the LGBTQI community, The Upper House presents Pride celebrations running throughout the month. From staycation packages held at their Studio 80 island view rooms, pride-themed cocktails at Salisterra and The Continental, drag queen hosted nights at the hotel’s cocktail lounge, and donating a portion of their proceeds to Hong Kong Marriage Equality, make your Pride month even better by checking into The Upper House. For more information, visit this link.

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  • Hotels
  • Jordan

Celebrating diversity and inclusion throughout Pride month, Eaton HK prepared a jam-packed festival with ‘Queer Kin, Love Walks In’. Enjoy events like film screenings, panel talks, workshops, drag performances, and more. Eaton HK teams up with queer creators to educate attendees, while making sure they have a great time doing so! Sip on refreshing cocktails, chill out to live music, and enjoy their exclusive staycation package this Pride Month. For more information, visit this link.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Sheung Wan

One of the most popular gay bars in Hong Kong, this iconic venue on Jervois Street hosts fun themed nights, live performances, and offers fun activities like karaoke, bingo, and trivia nights. The place attracts a mixed crowd of locals, expats, and tourists, young and old, so expect to gain a lot of friends when you party in the area, especially during packed weekends. Come by every Wednesday to Saturday from 7pm to 9pm to enjoy their two-for-one happy hour.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Causeway Bay

Bing Bing HK – formerly Circo – sits high on the 22nd floor overlooking the bustling Causeway Bay neighbourhood below. The gay bar boasts a spacious location and an electrifying vibe that's unlike any other places. Sexy mixologists are on hand to serve up affordable signature cocktails. It's hardly surprising that this place has become a popular stomping ground for younger local crowds. Make sure to reserve on their Facebook or Instagram page before you visit.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Lan Kwai Fong

Now located between LKF and Wyndham Street, Petticoat Lane has established itself as the gay bar to visit in Hong Kong. It shines not only as an inclusive space but as a great party venue to let loose and hit the dance floor.  Full of fabulous DJ sets and drag performances to rock the house down, get the party started on Wednesdays to Sundays from 12pm all the way to 12am.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Causeway Bay

Located in the same building as Bing Bing HK, Vibranium is another standout gay bar in the Causeway Bay area. Known for their cocktails inspired by Taiwanese flavours, the bar doesn't enforce a cover charge or minimum consumption, so drink to your heart’s content.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Sheung Wan

Celebrating their 14th anniversary on June 24, 2022, Zoo in Sheung Wan is always full of energy. With bartenders serving drinks in tank tops (at least at the start of the night), this sleek, dark and seductive bar is, obviously, one for the boys. Catch their buy-one-get-one-free drinks every night from 7pm to 9pm. 

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Soho

A fun spot at Old Bailey Street; grungy American-style dive bar The Pontiac is a staunch supporter of the LGBTQI community. People come here for the fun vibe and affordable but award-winning cocktails. Annually the bar hosts The Pontiac Gay Nights to celebrate solidarity and equality. With their daily Ponty Hour offerings from 4pm to 7pm, you’re guaranteed an energetic time whenever you stop by.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Causeway Bay

As one of the newest additions to Hong Kong’s lesbian bar scene, this hidden speakeasy-style in Causeway Bay caters to those who want skillfully crafted and Instagram-worthy cocktails. To celebrate Pride Month, they’re launching their ‘I Kissed A Girl’ cocktail as well as offering a 20 percent discount for all bottles of wine purchased from 6pm to 12am on Wednesdays and 6pm to 2am from Thursdays to Sundays. Make sure to reserve before visiting, message them on their Facebook page to reserve your seats.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Causeway Bay

Virus has been in the business since 1997 and has moved to various locations in Hong Kong Island over the years. Though the bar has shifted to a more gender-inclusive audience, it remains a haven for like-minded women. Drop by here for some fun and enjoy the karaoke in the main room or cosy up in the couch area and indulge in grilled izakaya dishes, and enjoy libations from their all-you-can-drink happy hour from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Causeway Bay

The city's rising acceptance towards the LGBTQI community has decreased the exclusivity that lesbian bars provide, so from nine bars, Hong Kong's lesbian bars started to dwindle but L' Paradis remains. As a popular stomping ground for like-minded women, L’ Paradis frequently sees younger LGBTQI crowds for their fun drinking games like darts and beer pong and themed events. There's also some table-top dancing on some nights for added fun.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Sheung Wan

Established by Tony Wong, formerly a partner at Zoo, Wink is your typical decent Hong Kong gay bar – all black, minimal and sleek, and with ballad covers of pop hits coming out of the stereo with their daily karaoke nights in the earlier part of the night. Their speciality cocktails can pack a surprising punch and are just the thing to get you dancing when the DJs are brought in for the weekend.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

Located on Pottinger Street, Linq Bar is a venue that attracts a mixed crowd of locals and expats which usually spills out onto the cobbled street. They often have happy hours which offer the best drink deals in the city but the promotion times vary, so make sure to check what they have on offer when you visit. Swing by every Friday for their Cherry Pop nights, where classic pop anthems are blasted from 10pm till late.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

For laid-back weeknights, drop by at Time Bar for a drink or two. Being tucked away gives Time a sense of privacy and intimacy. There’s a wonderful al fresco vibe here as the action spills out onto the courtyard around Man Hing Lane and complementing all these are some great cocktails. All these elements combine to make this one of the most popular gay bars in the city.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Jordan

This popular gay bar (a bear haven by reputation) is one of the more reasonably priced bars around, a place where you can sit back and enjoy a drink without draining your bank account. Once you've partaken of sufficient liquid courage, you can try Boo Bar’s state-of-the-art karaoke system, which has one of the better selections of tunes in the city.

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