Wondering where to go for drinks this month? We’ve got your next night out covered with new must-try drinks menus, alongside a list of our favourite cocktail bars and speakeasies in Hong Kong.
Whether it’s Hong Kong’s hottest drinking destination, an unmissable happy hour deal or a must-try new drinks menu, you’ll find it all in our ultimate guide to where to drink in Hong Kong. This month, celebrate Pride Month with rainbow concoctions and keep your eyes peeled for new bar openings. Keep scrolling for our pick of the best cocktail bars and speakeasies in Hong Kong.
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Rainbow-themed Cocktails At The Garage Bar
In honour of Pride Month, Cordis’ outdoor gin bar will specially curate six cocktails in the colours of the rainbow, each featuring gin from a different region. Pair your Pride drinks with a Parma Ham Melon Board, Mini Burgers and Impossible™ Sliders with the outdoor terrace lit up in neon lights and bursts of colour.
Eaton HK Launches Its Own-Label Beer
To celebrate five years of serving the community, Eaton HK is launching its own beer, Twilight of Love. A brew suitable for all taste buds, you can expect a strong orange flavour with berry undertones – perfect for the summer time! Join Eaton’s launch party (at its food hall) on Friday, 9 June to be one of the firsts to sample the beer!
Cruise Restaurant & Bar Rainbow Specials
All throughout Hyatt Centric Victoria Harbour, celebrate Pride with rainbow-themed food and drinks across the hotel’s restaurants. One that particularly caught our eye is the Rainbows & Unicorns cocktail – a refreshing gin-based concoction infused with coconut, lime and pineapple (it comes with a complimentary mini unicorn floaty for your drink!).
The Wise King x Veda Cocktail Menu
Contemporary vegetarian restaurant, VEDA is combining its charming Indian cuisine with mixology. Joining hands with Sandeep Kumar from The Wise King, the 10 new cocktails are inspired by Hindu mythology. From the tangy and zesty Gate to God to The Pink Lady, a blush-coloured creation and wait for it, A Moon and A Sun – blending whiskey and cold brew coffee together with chai-infused vermouth, you never needed another reason to stop by VEDA.
Classics From the 90’s Cocktail Menu At Darkside, Rosewood
To bring to light the muted class of cocktails that emerged from the 90’s, Darkside’s latest cocktail menu features reimagined classics – underrated classics at that! Be it the Midori Sour or the Añejo Highball, as well as the Breakfast Martini infused with orange marmalade, this elevated cocktail experience calls to mind the begone era with style and sophistication.
Bar Leone Opening
Taking inspiration from Rome – in particular Trastevere, one of the capital’s most historic neighbourhoods – Bar Leone is helmed by Lorenzo Antinori, previously from award-winning bar Argo. The drinks will take a step back from modernity and offer simple cocktails that focus more on technique and ingredients, because less is more.
Bar Leone, G/F, 11-15 Bridges Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.barleonehk.com
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ARGO – #28 World’s Best Bars 2022
Featuring a collection of the world’s most innovative spirits, paired with stunning interiors (your eyes will keep wandering, picking up small details that elevate your whole experience), ARGO is a classy choice amongst bargoers in Hong Kong. Signature drinks here include the single-origin Negroni, the Argo Martini and the Red Rock Sazerac, but really no choice here is a bad one.
COA – Asia’s #1 bar and World’s Best #17 for Mezcal lovers!
Topping the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars for the past two years, this Oaxaca-inspired cocktail bar was opened by Jay Khan in 2017 with the mission to bring agave spirits to the forefront of Asia’s cocktails scene. Boasting an impressive 41-page spirit menu, COA serves a diverse range of 100 percent agave tequila, traditional mezcal and cocktails inspired by the flavours of Mexico. Dimly lit by candles, this drinking den is the perfect stop for weekend drinks or date night.
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The Diplomat – A go-to skip-the-crowd bar
The Diplomat needs no introduction as one of the city’s top drinking destinations. The first speakeasy concept opened by acclaimed bartender John Nugent, it specialises in reimagined takes on classic cocktails (try the Gibson and Tuxedo), with mini cocktails available for those who want to sample more than one. This classy neighbourhood cocktail bar is always buzzing with energy and high spirits.
The Old Man – Bar with chic interior design
Tucked away on a corner of Aberdeen Street is The Old Man, an award-winning speakeasy inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”. Helmed by bartender Agung Prabowo (previously of Lobster Bar and Mandarin Oriental), cocktails on offer here carry a sophisticated Hemingway-Asian theme to match the tastefully styled interiors.
The Old Man, LG/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, theoldmanhongkong.com
DarkSide – Premium cocktails, live jazz and classy interiors
Paying homage to Kowloon’s “Dark Side” moniker, The Rosewood Hotel’s swanky cocktail parlour houses a coveted selection of dark spirits that harks back to the early 19th century, alongside an extensive library of fine rum, whisky and calvados. Lounge on the al fresco terrace, soak in the harbour views and splurge on a premium cocktail — you deserve it!
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The Pontiac – The best LGBTQ+ bar in Hong Kong
With a rough and retro rock ‘n’ roll vibe, Soho’s resident local dive bar The Pontiac has an authenticity that’s seriously cool. The all-female staff keep it real with strong drinks, plenty of shots and a hell of a lot of fun. This is where you need to go if you want a seriously wild night out with your friends — trust us, you won’t regret it.
Penicillin – Sustainable speakeasy in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s first fully zero-waste bar Penicillin has taken the culinary world by storm with its sustainable farm-to-bar movement. The magic happens in The Penicillin Lab and Fermentation Chamber, where Prabowo, Ghale and their team test new and creative ways to minimise their carbon footprint while coming up with clever concoctions. Proudly partnered with ecoSPIRITS, it’s with noting that each cocktail marked with the “eS” logo saves an average of 150g in CO2 emissions. We’ll cheers to that!
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour – One of the best gin bars in Hong Kong
A hidden gem within The Landmark, Dr.Fern’s is an absolute must for gin lovers. Using organic and locally-sourced ingredients and botanicals, and only premium gin, Dr. Fern’s cocktails are sure to cure any ailment. Tucked away in a corner, you’ll find two tiny office doors — one full-sized and one Alice in Wonderland-style — all that hint at the doctor’s office behind. It also whips up seasonal cocktails, and if you can’t decide what to go for, the doctor is always on hand to prescribe the perfect tincture.
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Foxglove – Live jazz nights perfect for girls’ night out
Hidden behind what appears to be an umbrella store on Duddell Street, Foxglove oozes old-school luxury and charm. Vintage-inspired, expect live jazz nights, a decadent menu based on traditional Cantonese favourites and a refined atmosphere. Drinks buffs will love the menu that features a rare selection of cognacs and spirits, along with fine whiskies and expertly crafted cocktails.
Frank’s Library – The best hidden bar in Hong Kong
Another speakeasy that can be found hidden within Foxglove. The tucked away and discreet space is found behind a hidden door in the bar and restaurant (find the hidden elevator buttons and hit the right number to gain entrance to Frank’s secret library!), and serves a menu of ‘Travel Diary Cocktails”, inspired by the namesake character, Frank Minza. Drinks start at $140 and include the inventive Confectionary, with marshmallow-infused gin, cacao white liqueur, mint liqueur, orange bitters and Champagne.
Frank’s Library, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/frankslibrary
KABOOM – Rooftop bar in Tsim Sha Tsui
This rooftop bar in Tsim Sha Tsui has patrons booking tables for its stunning urban views, creative cocktails and a sunset shisha sesh. Spanning two floors (indoor dining with panoramic views and a terrace), KABOOM serves carefully curated South Asian nibbles to pair perfectly with your drinks. Most of the signature cocktails here are light and fruity; if you ask us for tried and tested recommendations, go for Damn Pissed Off (cheekily served in a bathtub), Enough Is Enough (for those who say one drink is enough!) or I Just Want To Go Home (we feel you).
KABOOM, 20/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 9176 9986, www.instagram.com/kaboom.hk
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Finding Daisy – One of the best “themed” bars in Hong Kong
Cocktails and drama (the good kind) abound at this theatre-themed bar on Elgin Street. Exuding all the sleek speakeasy vibes, head here to indulge in classic cocktails with a contemporary twist. Highlights include the Spicy Rancho, a spiced-up iteration of the margarita, and the Daisy’s Gambit, an elevated take on a Gibson.
Quality Goods Club – An all-rounder option for night outs
Brought to us by the guys behind Shady Acres and Honky Tonks Tavern, Quality Goods Club brings together music, delicious bites and, of course, top-notch drinks, for a night to remember in Soho. Quality signature cocktails and fine spirits in vintage crystal decanters are what this location does best, complemented by exceptional Brasserie-style fare. Happy hour runs daily from 6pm to 8pm, and includes pitchers of draught beer, QGC craft cocktails, wines by the glass and $10 oysters.
Quality Goods Club, Basement, On Lok House, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thequalitygoodsclub
Faye – Rooftop bar on top of California Tower
Taking over the rooftop previously occupied by LKF landmark CÉ LA VI, this outer-spaced themed lounge and club promises over-the-top décor (we’re talking an infinity tunnel of ring lights, an inflatable spaceship, neon acrobat rings and more), along with iconic sweeping skyline views. Plus, its creative cocktail selection is out of this world.
Main image courtesy of Cruise Restaurant & Bar, image 1 courtesy of The Garage Bar, image 2 courtesy of Eaton HK, image 3 courtesy of Veda, image 4 courtesy of Darkside, image 6 courtesy of ARGO, image 7 courtesy of COA via Instagram, image 8 courtesy of The Old Man, image 9 courtesy of The Pontiac via Instagram, image 10 courtesy of Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Frank’s Library via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of Fashila Kanakka, image 13 courtesy of Quality Goods Club via Instagram.