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By Kate Springer | September 14th, 2015
  • Casual Dining
  • Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
  • Address: 1/F,16 Ashley Road,Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Open Hours: Monday-Sunday, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
  • Phone: +852-2957-8041
  • Rating: 3.5
  • Cuisine: Cuban, Western
  • Ambience: Casual

Chill TST Bar: A longtime neighborhood institution in Tsim Sha Tsui, Castro’s sees a sea of loyal customers coming back night after night for the inexpensive drinks, casual vibes and warm staff.

Castro's keeps it real. Photo: Noel Burns
Castro’s keeps it real. Photo: Noel Burns

Look & Feel: It’s not much to look at really — venture up the unassuming old stairwell and you come into a cramped and crumbly bar with big open windows. But Castro’s isn’t trying to impress anyone. Of course, being a Cuban-themed bar, you’ll find lots of old Che and Fidel posters posted around the place to hit home the theme.

On the Menu: You’re going to find all the usual suspects here—Carlsberg and Tsingtao, plus some seriously over-sized mixed drinks of the tropical variety for a very reasonably $66 a pop. Sip on mojitos and caipirinhas, mai tais and even a Singapore Sling.

Service: When it’s busy, which is most weekend nights, don’t expect to get more than a few seconds with the staff. But it’s worth it to come on an off-night and get to know the bartenders, who will remember your favorite cocktails after a visit or two.

Jeng: Sometimes all you need is an easy-going neighborhood bar, and that’s just what Castro’s brings to the table.

Not So Jeng: We’ve tried a lot of the bar snacks and aren’t impressed — we would suggest that you dine before you drink.

Great For: Casual drinks, groups, late nights.

FYI: Castor’s opened up a new branch (148A Austin Road, 2317 0700) last year for the lucky residents of Jordan.

This writeup was based on an independent tasting. The Loop doesn’t guarantee/sell restaurant review coverage. See our editorial policy here.