The 5 coolest Hong Kong bars to meet friends after work
Look no further. Whether you’re fancying a chill after work cocktail or a late night party at a lively bar, we’ve got your next friends gathering covered. From brunch to happy hour to the end of the night, we’ve found the very best spots in the city that specialize in bringing people together over good food, good drinks and an all-around good time.
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With its breezy open front and relaxed outside setting, experimental sandwich shop Bread & Beast has been a top Wan Chai daytime staple since its opening. Its new evening concept, KONG, offers a lively range of sharing plates and creative cocktail offer that reinterpret Asian flavors and Cantonese delicacies with a playful twist. Our favorite, house signature Red & Beast, is made with Redbreast whiskey, black lemon bitters, fresh pear juice, mint, and jasmine blossom tea syrup.
Pop by for one of their Saturday Night Live events, with live music sets showcasing homegrown local talents.
Shady Acres is a friendly wine and spirit bar on Peel Street that has not just one, but two happy hours: one for the after work crowd, and another for the night owls. It is headed by Ryan Nightingale and Mike Watt, two self-declared “wine geeks” who wanted to create a wine bar with a real multicultural point of view.
The lively venue offers a serious selection of more than 200 handpicked wines, a creative and fun cocktail list, and addictive western food, drawing in packs of happy revelers. Try their signature Liquid Gold, with Lillet, prosecco, orange bitters, lemon tonic water and mint. Another Shady Acres favorite is the Retrograde Lemonade, made with vodka, apple juice, crushed ginger, elderflower, dry vermouth, lemon, and “childhood nostalgia”, and served in the kind of vintage novelty drinking glasses that marked our childhoods.
If you’re looking for something a bit more quiet and low key, American cocktail bar and gastropub The Diplomat offers a comfortable drinking and dining experience matching Hong Kong’s convivial vibe. The intimate, 18-seat speakeasy pub concept by John Nugent reimagines classic cocktails and offers delicious international dishes in a cozy and sleek setting, with elegant brown leather, custom brass finishes, motif ceiling tiles and tinted glass.
The cocktail menu is inspired by influential state leaders, ambassadors and historical figures, and each item comes with a fun backstory. Try the Adonis, with Suze, Fino sherry, dry vermouth, orange bitters and rose water.
Set in an iconic landmark overlooking Wan Chai, this cult bar and restaurant spread over three levels and two venues offers seasonal cocktails, al fresco dining and weekend DJ sets.
On the first floor is The Pawn Botanicals Bar, where you can enjoy handcrafted cocktails as well as coffee, lunch, and all-day bar snacks.
The outside terrace is perfect for brunch or an after work group drink, and the two bars get livelier as the night sets in. The cocktail list stays true to the botanical theme, with fresh creations where fruits, flowers and herbs are the stars. We love the Lazy Plum, made with Monkey 47 Sloe Gin, Falernum, lemon juice, plum pulp, and edible orchid flower.
If you’re a latin music fan, make sure you check out their Cuban night salsa party called Buena Vista Social Club – a throwback to 1920s Havana high life, filled with live music, rum, daiquiris and dancing.
Just like at the original New York City bar, PDT Hong Kong’s entrance is concealed behind a vintage phone booth, on the mezzanine level of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental’s MO Bar. This classic cocktail bar within a hotel bar is a chic and intimate hidden gem, perfect for your next date or after work drink with a small group of friends.
The drinks menu features classics from the original East Village location, but the main draw are the new creations made especially for PDT Hong Kong. Fusing world-class mixology techniques with selected local ingredients, these original craft cocktails have become an instant hit. A must-try is the Big Fan, a nod to the Mandarin Oriental’s iconic logo made with Avión Blanco tequila, fresh lime, pink peppercorn syrup, guava puree, and locally brewed Moonzen Fujian radler, decorated with a fan-shaped pomelo slice.
To soak it all up, the bar offers some comforting and seriously addictive American food with an Asian twist, designed by two Michelin-starred chef Richard Ekkebus. Try one of his signature fusion hot dogs with a side of the insanely good Takoyaki Tots.
This contemporary and exquisitely designed speakeasy only accommodates 25 guests, so we highly recommend you reserve a booth.