What are the best bars in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong has a number of nightlife hubs, with bars closing and new ones opening in their place in the blink of an eye. To make it easier for you to pick where to go for a boozy night out or even for a relaxed nightcap, here are the best bars by category, from best wine bar to best bar-with-a-view.
Best pub: If it’s beer you’re after, there’s no contest: The Globe‘s beer list is almost novella-length and organized by type, with offerings from Belgium to Lebanon on tap and by the bottle. There are also guest brews that rotate weekly, and cocktails and wine for those who aren’t a fan of beer. With the purported longest happy hour in the city (from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.), stop by this watering hole for a for a pint and some British pub grub in a relaxed yet buzzing atmosphere.
Best view: Claiming the title of “highest bar in the world”, Ozone is perched on the 118th floor of the swanky Ritz-Carlton in West Kowloon. Though a little more out of the way compared to other bars, the sweeping view of the harbor and Hong Kong Island is more than worth it. Stand on the balcony while sipping a Blueberry Mojito, or try to grab a coveted spot during one of the annual fireworks displays, if you’re ambitious.
Best wine bar: While California Vintage only stocks varieties originating from the Golden State, you’ll find an eclectic mix of offerings here, as
well as a knowledgeable staff on hand to help you choose your wines. There are iPads you can use to easily browse their stock by type, region, price and more, and seasonal food pairings are available, too. There are two branches, one on Wyndham Street near Lan Kwai Fong in Central and a new branch in Wan Chai that opened late last year.
Best mixology bar: At some establishments, the word “mixology” is nothing but a buzzword that means drinks with a swish of foam on top. That isn’t the case at Quinary, where Antonio Lai mixes up molecular drinks utilizing scientific know-how and Asian-inspired ingredients. Highlights include the Earl Grey Caviar Martini and the Oolong Tea Collins (pictured). Settle down in one of the bar’s decadent leather armchairs and enjoy the sophisticated decor while sipping on one of Lai’s creations.