Hong Kong, you must have heard of this city. Located in Asia Hong Kong is one of the busiest financial centres in the world. Apart from that, Hong Kong is also one of the most fun cities you could ever be in! From historical sites to nature to nightlife, you name it.
Though located on the other side of the globe, Cathay Pacific got it all sorted with their direct flights from Toronto to Hong Kong, bringing you to this wonderful Asian city in 16 hours with one easy flight booking.
Are you one of the night owls who enjoys loud music, bar crawling and meeting new people? If so, this Travel Guide on Hong Kong nightlife is dedicated to you.
First of all, let me bring you to the lesser-known Hong Kong bar street – Knutsford Terrace. Knutsford Terrace is for you who are looking for somewhere a little more local than expat-dominated overly-crowded clubs, just want a drink with the gang, or want some time to enjoy that ale pint of yours. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon which is across the other side of Victoria Harbour, Knutsford Terrace offers a strip of bars and restaurants offering a more diverse mix of locals and tourists, as compared to Lan Kwai Fong (we will get to that later) and Wan Chai. Knutsford Terrace truly excels in the “Hot Pot” culture of Hong Kong, with its wide arrays of international cuisines and restaurants here.
If you have not yet researched which bar/restaurant to go for, chances are, you are going to be pulled somewhere by the friendly staffs outside competing for business. Fortunately, most of the hip bars here offered themed cocktails and delicious food here, so you are probably going to be happy to get pulled. While outdoor seats are a major perk who you would might just want some fresh air, don’t forget to look up, head upstairs and grab a drink with a rooftop view. Depending on the vibe you are going for, here are some of the bars you can consider:
Assembly is one of the best bars in Hong Kong, loosely inspired by the British communal spaces where students gather to relax and socialise, Assembly gives out a Parisian atmosphere with curvy black arches framing the ceiling and “wispy” handwriting reminding you to “Bon Voyage”. Its menu consists of comforting tapas-style sharing plates and wide selection of innovative cocktails such as the famous Kowloon Punch.
Tokyo-drift your way from Hong Kong to Japan when you enter Butler, the Japanese “Izakaya” style cocktail bar. “(Izakaya”: typical Japanese bar for drinks and snacks). If you are a whisky-person, then this is definitely the place for you! Butler packs has just sufficient lighting for chin wags, and knowledgeable mixologists in case you are too picky (or the other way around). Our recommendation is to let the team know your taste preferences, and they will make you your drink from their awesome recipes. In case you’re hungry, Butler also gets you served with Japanese-influenced snacks so you don’t have to worry.
If Shisha is your thing, then Merhaba is the one to go. This Turkish-themed restaurant/ bar decks out warm and comfy seating with exotic lighting, plus shisha water pipes and belly dancing performances no matter you prefer the roof or the terrace. You will never forget the amazing traditional food there, which represent the surroundings of the Mediterranean!
Last but not least, Gulu Gulu is signature for their kitschy loads of neon lights, for the wild and youthful ones. It is the bar for you who wants likes to drink and play. With beer pongs, billiards and Cantonese game “Chai Mui” all over the place, you will definitely more about local drinking games and drinking culture after the night out. Don’t forget to try the Yakitori Skewers, they are great!
So, Knutsford Terrace it is, but how can I possibly forget about the infamous Lan Kwai Fong? Located in Soho area, the heart of Central Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong is definitely one of a kind. In fact, how many of you already have the word “LKF” in mind when I mentioned Hong Kong nightlife?
With everyone hustling at work, Hong Kong might be one of the busiest cities you have seen, even more so than London and New York, but the city truly comes alive at night. To get the true Hong Kong experience of “Work Hard- Play Hard”, It really takes a night out at Lan Kwai Fong.
Yes, this is the expat-filled busy area of town where people drink, chat, and play until the sun rises, but what’s wrong with that? Lan Kwai Fong is the home to some of the greatest nightclubs in Asia, from the legendary Dragon-i to some newer favourities, the scene is ever-changing with new additions every now and then. Check out the list below for some of our favourites:
The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 3110 1222
Cé La Vi
25/F, California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central; +852 3700 2300
2/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 3792 0129
Are nightclubs not your thing? We got it covered. The Soho district is also the home to some of the world’s greatest speakeasies and hidden bars. Whether your just wanna to take your time to enjoy your whisky on rock, try the fanciest cocktails imaginable, or just want somewhere quiet to watch the game, there are plenty of options here.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
Gin lovers, find the entrance an don’t look back. A not-so-hidden hidden gem within the Landmark due to its awesomeness, Dr. Fern is always ready for your perfect prescription to good times. Sourcing only local organical ingredients and botanicals and solely premium gins, Dr. Fern’s cocktails are certain to cure any afflictions. Who would have thought that Hong Kong’s greatest gin collection is stored behind an Alice-in-Wonderland-style office door, right?
Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central
Ping Pong 129 Gintoria
Apparently workers in Central seems to like gin a lot, or at least the bars suggested so. Look for a small red door with words “Ping Pong City” written in Chinese, and you shall find the iconic Ping Pong 129 Gintoria. Transformed from an old ping pong supply store to the ultimate Spanish gin and tonic bar, Ping Pong has one of the world’s most comprehensive list of gins across the globe. Down the cement stairs, you shall find the “Living Room” where walls, lighting and atmosphere turns hip and inviting immediately. The perfect blend between Mediterranean influence and Hong Kong nostalgia is destined to bring you good times.
129 Second Street, Nam Cheong House, Sai Ying Pun, Hon Kong
I hope this short guide might give you some insights on what to expect for nightlife in Hong Kong. Why not try to experience it yourself? Book your flights to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, one of the top 4 leading global airlines in 2019, the 5-star airline with top notch passenger experience and one providing the best onboard products. Have a safe and pleasant journey with Cathay Pacific and catch you in Hong Kong soon! See you there!