Looking for the best spots to indulge in a little people-watching? Or perhaps somehwere to catch the eye of an attractive stranger? No worries. We’ve got your back with our top picks of the best places to see and be seen in Hong Kong.
Private members’ club Soho House opened a Hong Kong branch in September 2019, and it’s quickly become one of the most exciting places in town. Catering to those in creative industries, it boasts a chic pool bar, a Brasserie with plenty of dishes inspired by local cuisine, and exciting events for members. With 25 branches around the world, Soho House’s coveted memberships start at HK$22,000/year, which grant you access to local facilities. Those under 27 years old should take advantage of its cheaper membership fees.
It’s pretty standard to see huge crowds on lower Peel Street most weekends — and that’s largely thanks to Shady Acres, which opened in the summer. With it being downright impossible to get a table, drinkers spill out on to the streets on Fridays and Saturdays, but that’s not to say it’s empty on weeknights — far from it. Stick around, though, and you’ll be rewarded with a wine list comprising over 200 handpicked bottles, cocktails that pack a punch, and a menu of small bites and bigger plates that are great for sharing.
Wyndham Street is saturated with bars, but Draft Land stands out thanks to its excellent cocktails on tap — a concept brought to us by mixologist extraordinaire Antonio Lai and Taiwanese cocktail whizz Angus Zhou. On weekends, grab a seat by the front for prime people-watching.
Taking up a space at Eaton Hotel in Jordan, Terrible Baby boasts an outdoor terrace perfect for cocktails and also plays host to regular alternative music events. Its cool factor is largely to do with the hotel’s rebranding in early 2019 that turned the place into a beehive for stylish travelers and edgy music fans alike, so if you’re a creative type looking to meet some cool, like-minded individuals, this is where it’s at.
Grab a spot on the patio at Fini’s Italian American — it’s one of the best places in the area to see and be seen, thanks to its vantage point by the Central–Mid-Levels Escalators and in the heart of the SoHo area. Dig into hearty dishes like pizzas, meatballs and fried calamari.
Want to watch a sexy crowd work the room? Look no further than Cassio. This sultry restaurant-slash-club space comes complete with an outdoor terrace, and seems to always be filled with attractive diners or partygoers taking to the dance floor. Dig into a delicious tapas menu and wash it down with Spanish wines.
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