With so much to see and do in Hong Kong, sometimes you just need a little down time to recharge the batteries. While there are numerous organised evening excursions to be enjoyed, often just a stroll around the streets, to check out the local bars and clubs, is all that’s required to relax and unwind. Nightlife in Hong Kong is something not to be missed.
Nightlife in Hong Kong
When looking for the best bars, clubs, and things to do in Hong Kong at night, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Lan Kwai Fong and SoHo in Central are two of the busiest night time areas, with everything from drinking dives to trendy bars and the latest clubs.
If you want some romantic time, check out the rooftop bars in Central and over on Kowloon, for some fantastic night time views. Just outside Central, Wan Chai with its bars and clubs has a vibrant nightlife.
If you’re staying Kowloon side, and even if you’re not, the Tsim Sha Tsui areas of Knutsford Terrace, Observatory Court, Ashley Road, and Hart Avenue are the combined Hong Kong capital for karaoke, as well as busy bars, clubs, hostess clubs, and night clubs.
Best bars and clubs in Hong Kong
If you can’t make up your mind, here are a few suggestions to enjoy nightlife in Hong Kong.
Bar 001, 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Nights can be long, so starting off slowly is a good idea, and the 001 Bar is an excellent place to do it. Although the address is Wellington Street, the entrance is tucked away just behind the market in Graham Street.
Not quite a ‘ring the bell and ask for Dave’ establishment, but you do have to ring the bell. A friendly, well known, low-key cocktail bar, it also offers a good range of beers and spirits, as well as its signature cocktails.
Captains Bar, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 5 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong Island
At nearly 60 years old, this old colonial style bar still attracts the expat city types for a beer after a hard day in the office. With wood panelling, leathered booths, beer served in silver tankards, and the ever-so polite staff, you could be in a gentlemen’s club in London.
But don’t let that put you off. The cocktails are perfectly blended, and you can enjoy the house craft beer. Call in at the weekend, and you will be entertained by the bar’s resident lounge jazz band.
Volar Nightclub, Ho Lee Commercial Building, Basement 38, 38-44 D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
Nightlife in Hong Kong is not all about retired couples, and colonial wannabes, especially when it comes to the night scene.
Hong Kong’s bars are truly international, and attract locals and visitors of all ages. As the evening wears on however, the later bars and clubs begin to attract the younger party goers. Although you will find young at heart couples wherever you go.
The Volar Club is a case in point. Party until 5am from Tuesday to Saturday in one of Hong Kong’s most popular night spots. It attracts an international set of music loving eighteen to thirties, the beautiful people, and trendy twenty something couples.
State of the art sound systems in its two rooms, modern décor, flashing lights, and a mix of hip-hop, mash-up, R&B, dubstep, electronic, and more, plus visiting international DJs, make it the place to be on party nights.
Other top nightclubs where you can party the night away include:
- CÉ LA VI, 25/F California Tower, 32 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong:
- PLAY CLUB, 1st Floor, On Hing Building 1 On Hing Terrace, Central, Hong Kong:
- DRAGON-i Hong Kong, UG/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong:
- DROP, Basement, On Lok Mansion, 39–43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong:
- OZONE at The Ritz-Carlton, Level 118, International Commerce Ctr., 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon: and the
- TAZMANIA BALLROOM, 1/F LKF Tower 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong.
We’ve literally only scratched the surface of the things you can do to enjoy Hong Kong nightlife. Hopefully it will whet the appetite, and provide ideas for the kind of unforgettable experiences that await you.