Bars and restaurants are literally everywhere in Hong Kong. But if you want to explore somewhere more secretive and off-the-beaten-path, we are spilling the beans now and telling you best hidden bars in Hong Kong that you wouldn’t want to miss out.
Fu Lu Shou
A bar that has a strong sense of the West mixing the East with a very playful taste. Hide in their grungy terrace with funky graffiti art of Fu Lu Shou, which are the three Chinese star gods, and order a glass of “Joh Sun” (which means Good Morning in Cantonese) that’s packed with aromatic lemongrass, ginger, and chili.
Tips: Make sure you call in advance for the passcode to enter the building, which is changed weekly. You don’t want to punch into a keypad outside the commercial building.
7/F, 31 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2336 8812
Behind the discreet black door is the speakeasy bar in 1920s style with jazzy grooves and well-dressed waiters. The 67-seat sanctuary where the walls are black, the chairs are covered with aquamarine leather and the booths are draped in green velvet, together with the top-class spirits, are going to make you feel more 007 than 001.
Shop 1, L/F, Welley Building, 97 Wellington Street; +852 2810 6969
One of the most exclusive Wyndham Street bars that would remind you of an old British gentleman’s club, but is hidden down a dark alleyway. The secret vibe of an old-world glamour is complete with plush leather sofas, a scotch glass of whiskey and to bring out the essence of the Victoria era, a secret cigar room.
32 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2565 5268
The Iron Faries
At the basement of the establishment on Pottinger Street, you would discover a bar that is so bewitching and magical with thousands of dangling preserved butterflies that would simply leave you in awe. Designer Ashley Sutton drew inspiration from iron ore mines in Western Australia, hence the eclectic theme with private ‘furnaces’ and ‘casting rooms’.
LG, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central; +852 2603 6992
A lively Mexican joint right in the middle of Lan Kwai Fong. But if you haven’t noticed, that’s because it’s hidden in the alleyway. Expect a vibrant and casual late-night scene here with cocktails, music, chatty bunch, and some really yummy tacos.
20 D’Aguilar Street; +852 2810 0560
Getaway from the hustle and bustle in the middle of Central at this terrace bar right attached to the new Italian dining spot SPIGA. The vibe is relaxing with a striking view of the surrounding tall buildings, and we especially love the basket chairs and low sofas.
3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central; +852 2871 0055
A sister bar of The Iron Fairies, designed by the same designer Ashley Sutton, but in a totally different style. Ophelia is inspired by the rare and exotic birds in the Far East, and therefore you could find plenty of peacock feathers and motifs here. There’s one thing in common between the two sister bars though, is that you could well expect an intricately designed interior that would leave your jaw dropped wide-open.
Shop 39A–41A, 1/F, The Avenue, Lee Tung Ave, Wan Chai; +852 2520 1117
Mahalo Tiki Bar
A sophisticated yet down-to-earth tiki bar with a relaxing Hawaiian vibe up in the air in the middle of Wanchai. Half-indoors, half-terrace, the lounge is decorated with baskets and plants which bring out the Jungle buzz. The bar also now offers shisha, so what’s better than having a nice puff enjoying a nice breeze with an impressive city view at the top of Hong Kong?
29/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Rd East, Wan Chai; +852 2488 8750
If you are looking for a spot with a great atmosphere that you could actually have some quality time with your friends, Salon 10 is the spot, with amazing live Latin jazz every Wednesday and an intimate and cozy lounge setting that would surely keep the conversation flowing.
10 Arbuthnot Rd, Central; +852 2801 6768
The Music Room at Potato Head
You may have heard of Potato Head because of the delicious Indonesian fare that they offer, but do you know that deep inside the restaurant is a secret vinyl room that has over 8,000 records and finest audio equipment imported overseas? The Music Room organises event most Fridays and is also known for their Sunday Circles. Probably the coolest hangout spot in the hipster neighbourhood.
100 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun; +852 2858 6066
Ping Pong 129 Gintonéria
Find the bright red door on Second Street, and you will find the old ping pong supply store that’s transformed into an amazing Spanish gin and tonic bar that boasts a selection of rare and premium gins. The place is filled with Hong Kong nostalgia with the iconic red neon sign that you’ve probably seen it on Instagram, which says ‘Train Your Body’ in Chinese.
129 Second Street, Nam Cheong Hse, Sai Ying Pun; +852 9158 1584