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By Shimron Singh | August 7th, 2023

Welcome to the vibrant world of Hong Kong’s most captivating bars! Get ready to embark on a thrilling journey through hidden speakeasies, legendary haunts, and innovative mixology wonderlands. From secret doors that transport you back in time to opulent lounges that redefine luxury, these bars are the beating heart of Hong Kong’s nightlife scene. Sip on tantalizing cocktails inspired by literary legends, indulge in rare aged spirits, and immerse yourself in the artistry of expert mixologists. Join us as we unveil a playground where flavors dance, stories unfold, and unforgettable memories are made. Get ready to raise your glass and let the adventure begin!


DarkSide

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Step into DarkSide, a sultry cocktail parlor lauded as “Best Hotel Bar” and “Best Bar of the Year” in 2021 by Timeout Hong Kong. Part of “Asia’s 50 Best Bars” for three years running (now at no.9 in 2023) and ranked 49th in “World’s 50 Best Bars 2021,” DarkSide offers rare aged spirits, vintage cigars, and classic cocktails. Indulge in their exclusive blend of cognac and a refined menu blending Kowloon’s “Dark Side” heritage with innovative mixology.


Captain’s Bar

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For over half a century, Captain’s Bar has been the beating heart of Hong Kong’s entertainment scene. As iconic as the hotel it resides in, this city institution has captured the hearts of locals and visitors alike. A beloved after-work haunt, Captain’s Bar invites you to revel in its timeless charm. Sip on draught beer, elegantly presented in silver tankards, and let the cozy ambiance envelop you. It’s the kind of place where a quick drink effortlessly turns into an unforgettable night of laughter and camaraderie.


The Old Man

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Discover The Old Man, a tiny Soho bar that pushes the boundaries of mixology in Hong Kong. Inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novel, this Hemingway-themed establishment with an Asian twist has captured the hearts of cocktail enthusiasts since its opening in 2017. Ranked among the World’s 50 Best Bars, The Old Man is a testament to the visionary talent of its co-founder and renowned mixologist, Nikita Matveev. Indulge in innovative libations and experience the evolution of the traditional cocktail bar for the 21st century.


Dragonfly

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Dragonfly, listed among Time Out’s “The 50 Best Hong Kong Bars,” transports guests to a bygone era within the Tai Kwun complex. Designed by acclaimed artist Ashley Sutton, the bespoke cocktail lounge and eatery exude the art nouveau style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Immerse yourself in the soft lounge music, while a team of international mixologists crafts creative cocktails at the centerpiece bar. Indulge in delectable menu offerings and bask in the cozy, timeless ambiance of Dragonfly—a haven for memorable moments with friends, family, or colleagues.


The Cloakroom

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Welcome to The Cloakroom, a bar that has quickly become a vibrant addition to Hong Kong’s nightlife. Nestled discreetly in Causeway Bay, this LGBT-friendly speakeasy exudes an elegant 1920s flapper vibe. Indulge in expertly crafted, Instagram-worthy cocktails like the pride-inspired “I Kissed A Girl.” But The Cloakroom is more than just a bar—it’s a community hub. From monthly tarot reading sessions to live music and lively Pride parties, they prioritize genuine connections and empowerment.


The Wise King

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Step into the intimate world of The Wise King, a boutique lounge in Soho that packs a punch. Inspired by 13th-century Spanish king Alfonso X, the bar embraces the tapas tradition he helped create. The cocktail menu boasts ten unique creations, with the must-try El Sabio or The Wise, featuring spiced dried fruit and red wine reduction with Cava. Luxuriate in the opulent setting adorned with plush velvet seats and golden Damask-style wallpaper. Don’t miss head bartender Sandeep Kumar’s creative cocktails, perfectly complemented by the tantalizing patatas bravas. The Wise King is a Hong Kong favorite with a distinctive Iberian flair.


Whisky and Words

Bars You Need to Know in Hong Kong
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Nestled in the heart of Soho, Whisky & Words Bar is a cozy haven that celebrates the world of spirited drams. With a strong emphasis on whisky, this intimate establishment offers a wide selection of rare and approachable whiskies from around the globe. Indulge in their enticing whisky-tasting flights or explore their diverse cocktail program, crafted with passion and personality by their talented mixologists. Signature drinks like “Lost in Translation” and “Summer Scent” promise a delightful journey for the senses. Whisky & Words Bar is a must-visit destination for whisky aficionados and cocktail enthusiasts alike.


The Poet

Bars You Need to Know in Hong Kong
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Discover The Poet, a speakeasy-style bar in Central that exudes expertise behind the bar. Look for the eye-catching blue wall and golden elevator-like door on Staunton Street to find this hidden cocktail haven. Inside, you’ll be greeted by a classic cocktail bar ambiance, complete with backlit mirrors, marble tables, and cozy corners. The extensive drink menu features a wide selection of whiskies, gins, wines, and signature cocktails inspired by the classics. The Poet is the perfect destination for cocktail enthusiasts seeking a refined and inviting experience.


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