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The best Hong Kong gastropubs

We love pub grub as next as the next punter, but sometimes we want something with a little more flair. We've greased our spoons and found the best Hong Kong gastropubs.

8 Fine Irishmen Pub
This is a quiet hangout for those looking to watch the game or play a little table football. The pints are poured just right, the onion rings fried to a satisfying crisp, and their mountain of nachos is a beautiful mess of melted cheese. It’s a bit on the expensive side perhaps, but worth it. 8 Observatory Court, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2316 2133. $500.

Delaney’s
Serving some of the best draught Guinness in Hong Kong, Delaney’s signature dishes include boxty, Irish stew, beef and Guinness pie, and a carvery roast. Come here for generous portions of all the old Irish favourites and plenty of banter. B/F, Mary Bldg, 71-77 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2301 3980. $300.

Dublin Jack
Plush may not be the first word to come to mind when talking about Irish pubs, but The Dublin Jack is just that. ‘The Deck’ features views over D’Aguilar Street in Lan Kwai Fong, perfect for people-watching. Expect typical pub grub dishes such as shepherd’s pie. 1/F, 17 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2543 0081. $400.

Frites

Dig into a bucket of mussels or devour a hunk of roasted pork shoulder here. Frites is also a popular watering hole with after-work drinkers; a ‘Beer Bible’ offers an extensive list of bottled beers or why not sample their various beers on tap. Shop 1-2, 1/F, Queen’s Palace, 74 Queen’s Rd, Central, 2179 5179. $450.

The Globe
After saying bye to Hollywood Road late last year, The Globe has come back bigger and better at their new Graham Street location. They now have a living room space filled with books, games and big-screen sports, as well as a gastropub-ilicious menu to complement one of the broadest ale selections around town. 45-53 Graham St, Central, 2543 1941. $400.

The Jockey
Especially popular on race nights, The Jockey is an institution around these parts. A full pub menu is available, as well as an all-day breakfast on weekends. A cosy dog-friendly pub with outdoor seating, Happy Valley’s favourite watering hole is a great place to catch up with friends on a lazy Sunday. 33 Wong Nai Chung Rd, Happy Valley, 2572 2266. $300.

McLovin’s Tavern 

No, this pub has no affiliations with the legendary McLovin from Superbad. Rather, McLovin’s is styled as an Irish pub that serves fajitas, enchiladas and pasta on top of all the Irish classics you’d expect. Signature dishes include the “Danny Boy Ultimate Burger” and shepherd’s pie. G6&UG16, Tsim Sha Tsui Centre, 66 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2722 7101. $350.

McSorley’s Ale House
Based loosely on the historic pub of the same name in lower Manhattan, McSorley’s claims to serve the best burgers in Soho. Widely known for their international line up of burgers, they also serve a decent lineup of ales. Join the regulars by chilling out with friends and watching your favourite sports. 55 Elgin St, Central, 2522 2646; Shop G11A-1, G/F, Block B, Discovery Bay Plaza, 2 Plaza Lane, Discovery Bay, 2987 8280. $300.

The Pawn 

The Pawn offers more than just your standard pub fare. With a menu that changes daily, expect dishes more akin to those found in St. John of London. The Living Room on the first floor boasts the city’s largest selection of single malt whiskies. 2/F & 3/F, 62 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai, 2866 3444. $700.

Yorkshire Pudding 

Yorkshire Pudding serves a Brit-nostalgic menu, but we also love that every table is properly outfitted with a bottle of HP Sauce. Roast beef, steak and kidney pie, toad in a hole, bangers and mash – all the favourites are there. Don’t forget to save room for the sticky toffee pudding and rhubarb crumble. 6 Staunton St, Central, 2536 9968. $450.

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