The Best Of Hong Kong
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By Karen Chiang | October 19th, 2018

They may not all prefer to be known as speakeasies… but these speakeasies are some of the best spots for a quality cocktail in town. Check out our list of Hong Kong’s hidden bars, and bookmark them for your next date night!

Room 309

Where’s My Whisky Sour from Room 309. Photo: Room 309/Facebook

Founded by the man behind Quinary, and named one of the world’s 50 best bars, Room 309 is the latest addition to the hidden bar scene nestled inside The Pottinger Hotel. Existing as an unlisted room, this intimate cocktail bar serves the perfect set-up for date nights, and fittingly, can only be entered with a special hotel room key. The narrow space gives a sense of secrecy, and the signature “invisible” cocktails are fun and delicious to taste.

3/F, The Pottinger, 74 Queen’s Road Central, 2308 3188


001’s doorbell. Photo: 001/Facebook

Possibly Hong Kong’s first true speakeasy, 001 can only be identified by the doorbell hidden among the wet market stalls of Graham Street. The literally underground jazzy cocktail and whisky bar serves up a fantastic earl grey martini, but the peckish will also love their truffle fries and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Graham Street, Central, 2810 6969


Foxglove’s disguised entrance. Photo: Foxglove/Facebook

Founded by the team behind Mrs. Pound, Foxglove is perfect for jazz lovers. Apart from playing host to regular gigs and performances (live jazz every Tuesday and Saturday), Foxglove is a favorite for a lively atmosphere and prohibition-inspired tipples. P.S. if you’re visiting, don’t forget to check out Frank’s Library, a veiled bar within Foxglove that serves a menu of six “Travel Diary Cocktails”.

2/F, Printing House, 6 Duddell Street, Central, 2116 8949 (enter via Ice House Street)

PDT Hong Kong

PDT’s iconic phone booth entrance. Photo: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The intimate and almost-always-full speakeasy above the MO Bar is PDT (Please Don’t Tell)’s first ever fixture outside of the Big Apple, and you can expect cocktails both classic and creative – like the locally inspired Milk Tea Punch. Definitely not to be missed are the hot dogs and tater tots!

Mezzanine level, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, 2132 0110

The Old Man

The Old Man is an ode to Hemingway. Photo: The Old Man/Facebook

A newcomer – and already ranked number 10 on the World’s 50 Best Bars list in 2018 – The Old Man is a definitely a must-do for cocktail lovers. Designed as a love letter to Ernest Hemingway, the bar has eclectic decor and creative cocktails, as well as a guaranteed buzzing atmosphere on weekends.

LGF, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2703 1899

J. Boroski Hong Kong

Custom-crafted smokey libation from J. Boroski. Photo: J. Boroski Hong Kong/Facebook

The brainchild of New York mixologist Joseph Boroski, this namesake bar is designed by Ashley Sutton, whose portfolio includes Iron Fairies and Dearly Lilly. Besides hundreds of real beetle specimens on its ceiling, J. Boroski also offers a rare menu-free experience, where each cocktail is a bespoke concoction based on the adjectives you offer to the bartender.

LG/F, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central, 2603 6020 (enter via Ezra Lane)

Employee’s Only

Have your cocktails with a side of comfort food at Employees Only. Photo: Employee’s Only Hong Kong/Facebook

A legendary name in New York’s speakeasy scene, Employee’s Only opened its Hong Kong outpost right in the heart of the city’s nightlight district, and is here to stay after a successful pop-up. Its Art Deco accents make a huge contrast to the world just a door away, and sets the scene for a great night with friends over hearty plates and crafted cocktails.

19 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, 2468-2755


Looking for the best places to eat and drink in Hong Kong? Visit out run down of the top spots here!