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Hong Kong's best members' clubs

The best spots to kick back and relax... only if you're a member, though!

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Time Out Hong Kong
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For better or worse, Hong Kong has a rich subculture of esoteric groups that like to gather at swanky places. You can be join the party too, but typically only if you meet a very specific set of criteria – the common denominator generally being a healthy bank account. 

Unfortunately that rules us out, but that doesn't mean we can't enviously look on and list the best – which in the context of this article really means most famous – members’ clubs.

RECOMMENDED: Before you take the plunge into members-only territory, get yourself looking sharp at one of Hong Kong’s best barbershops or salons.

Hong Kong's best members' clubs

Aberdeen Marina Club
  • Bars and pubs
  • Wong Chuk Hang

With its red-carpeted stairs and marble floor, its swimming pools, ice-skating rink and boat berths, the Aberdeen Marina Club is the playground for the city’s super rich. Membership fees are eye-wateringly high, costing upwards of $3 million a year, but merely a drop in the ocean for some of these luxury boat owners.

China Club
  • Restaurants
  • Central

Sir David Tang conjures up thoughts of old Shanghai’s Jazz Age glory days with his art-heavy, retro-chic China Club on the top three floors of the Bank of China Building. Despite being a member’s club, it’s possible to book a table for dinner at the restaurant as a visitor. You’ll want to dress to impress though, as it has a strict dress code, so forget the flip-flops and shorts.

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  • Things to do
  • Central

One of the most renowned press clubs in the world, the FCC has been the go-to place for journalists to congregate, work and play since the war-torn 1940s. It was initially situated in Shanghai before moving to Hong Kong in 1949 following the Chinese Communist Revolution. Now in its prime location at the top of Ice House Street, the club still boasts a booming social scene and regularly hosts speakers and events. 

Hong Kong Bankers' Club
  • Bars and pubs
  • Central

With a testosterone heavy, ‘gentlemen only’ ambience, members must have a connection to a banking or a financial institution to join, though associate membership is open to a much broader range. Inside is a collection of restaurants and a bar, alongside private meeting rooms, conference rooms and a newspaper room. Sounds a little lacking? This is, after all, more about who the other members are than what’s on offer. 

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Hong Kong Club
  • Things to do
  • Central

Known simply as ‘The Club’, this was the first of its kind in Hong Kong. Inaugurated in 1846, originally as a Taipans’ Club for the eight colonial gentlemen that ruled the city, it later extended membership to government officials and the heads of other trading firms, giving it its elite reputation. Its current 25-storey building on Jackson Road features extensive facilities, including a squash court, bowling alley and library.

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club
  • Things to do
  • Causeway Bay

With over 160 years of sporting history, the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club is one of the oldest sporting institutions in the city. It resides on Kellet Island in Causeway Bay (which ceased being an island on completion of the Cross-Harbour Tunnel), on the foundations of an old naval powder magazine. Though membership is selective, its sailing and paddling lessons are open to the public.

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  • Things to do
  • Sheung Wan
The first Soho House in East Asia occupies a 28-storey skyscraper in Sheung Wan. It features a design imbued with local elements, like colour palettes and references to the filmography of Wong Kar-Wai as well as a permanent art collection focused on artists born or raised in Hong Kong. Like Soho Houses elsewhere, Hong Kong’s club has been developed with the comfort of the creative community that belongs to it in mind. Facilities include a pool room, private dining rooms, a three-floor gym and a nine-floor co-working space. Plus there are members’-only events running the gamut from film, music and fashion to wellness and design. 
The American Club
  • Restaurants
  • Stanley

This club is unashamedly all-American. But aside from its distinctive atmosphere, it’s also divided into two locations – the Town Club in Central and the Country Club in Tai Tam – providing it the largest square footage of a single club. Full membership is exclusive to US citizens residing in Hong Kong and has a long waiting list.

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The Dynasty Club
  • Things to do
  • Wan Chai

Despite being a more recent opening, established in 1989, The Dynasty Club has quickly become one of Hong Kong’s most prestigious members-only institutions. Located in Wan Chai, the oriental vibe radiates old-school Chinese glamour. With a comprehensive selection of facilities, including swimming pools, tennis courts and a golf range, it’s no surprise the club has been attracting elite members since its inception.

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