La Cabane

One of Hong Kong’s first natural-wine bars, opened by three former airline pilots in 2010, La Cabane is one of the best spots for good wine in the city. Beyond its cellar of mainly small-batch producers, there’s a tapas-style bistro menu that is perfect for grazing between vinos. Though located on bustling Hollywood Road, it’s never jam-packed – a bonus, given the location.

  • +852 2517 0186
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  • Basement Floor
    97 Hollywood Road
    Central
    Hong Kong

Social Room

Until the early evening, the Social Room in central Hong Kong is a space for private functions and pop-ups, hosting live events such as exhibitions, talks and poetry readings. Later into the night, it comes alive with underground DJs on decks, or bands who stay plugged in until the early morning.

  • +852 2915 0373
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  • 3rd Floor
    Won Hing Building
    74-78 Stanley Street
    Hong Kong

Yeti Out

Not actually a club, but a DJ collective by brothers Arthur and Tom Bray, Yeti Out has reinvigorated the Hong Kong/ Asian nightlife scene, hosting parties in disused shopping malls, old jails and holes-in-the-wall. The unofficial Hong Kong Art Basel parties are not to be missed. Keep an eye on the Yeti Out Instagram to find out where they’ll be hitting the decks.

  • https://www.yetiout.com/

Piqniq

There are no shortages of bars with sky-scraping views in Hong Kong, but if you only have time for one, Piqniq should be high on the list. On top of the H Queen’s building – the vertical glass art hub that houses international galleries such as Hauser & Wirth and David Zwirner – the open-air bar has abundant seating, no cover charge and sweeping city vistas. Oh, and there’s a spotty Yayoi Kusama pumpkin in the corner for your art-fix.

  • +852 5200 1683
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  • 80 Queen's Road Central
    Central
    Hong Kong

OMA

Techno heads should don the sneakers and make for the cave-like Oma for booming beats by live DJs that waver on the spectrum from house and hip-hop to deep bass. Centrally located, it has a discreet entrance. Inside,the space is small but always packed. Open until 5am.

  • +852 2521 8815
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  • Lower Basement
    Harilela House
    79 Wyndham Street
    Central
    Hong Kong

Cassio

Located in bustling Lan Kwai Fong and billed as a lounge bar, this place turns its music up at 12am and has a dance floor packed until closing at 3am. The tunes are inoffensive club and pop tracks, but if you need a break, step out onto its terrace – one of the most spacious in Hong Kong. It’s also a restaurant with food by Barrafina, so turn up early for a smooth transition from dinner to dance floor.

  • +852 3792 0129
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  • 2nd Floor
    LKF Tower
    33 Wyndham Street
    Central
    Hong Kong

Stockton

For some of the best (read: swankiest) cocktails, head to Stockton. Though one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars, it’s discreetly tucked away – and well worth the find for real cocktail connoisseurs. The atmosphere is dark and moody and the cocktails are highly conceptualised, though don’t rule out asking for a classic – the martinis are perfect. If you’re here until the small hours, the late-night menu is perfect to soak up the booze – think meat pies, roast beef sandwiches and truffle chips.

Minh Club

One of the newer clubs on the scene, Minh has carved itself a reputation in the underground music scene for hosting both fresh and renowned DJs from across the world. The 100-capacity room in Sheung Wan has a heavy-duty Funktion-One sound system and, interestingly, no bar. All drinks – gin and tonics, rum and cola and vodka sodas – are sold in cans via a vending machine.

  • +852 9207 4131
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  • 4th Floor
    279 Des Voeux Road Central
    Sheung Wan
    Hong Kong

Second Draft

Located in Tai Hang, Hong Kong’s up-and-coming neighbourhood, is Second Draft. A gastropub with over 20 taps of craft beers and a food menu by chef May Chow (of Little Bao and Happy Paradise) that includes everything from the inventive, such as mapo (spicy Sichuan sauce) burrata and coffee risotto, to everyday comforts including fried chicken sandwiches and reubens.

  • +852 2656 0232
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  • Ground Floor
    98 Tung Lo Wan Road
    Tai Hang
    Hong Kong

Interval Coffee Bar

Coffee by day, wine at night is the concept at Interval Coffee Bar, an in-the-know spot that is both minimal and spacious but in the middle of the city. Opened by twin brothers and former bankers Joshua and Caleb Ng, it’s one of Hong Kong’s better spots for carefully picked wines. Follow Interval Coffee Bar on Instagram to find out about takeovers, collaborations and performance nights.

  • +852 2570 7568
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  • Upper Ground Floor
    33 Wellington Street
    Central
    Hong Kong

Potato Head Hong Kong

Potato Head Hong Kong has been harbouring a secret. Past the retail shop, Indonesian restaurant (Kaum), main bar, and down an unmarked corridor is the hidden Music Room. It’s an audiophile’s dream. The JBL and vintage Klipschorn speakers reign over the handsome 70s-inspired Scandinavian-Japanese record bar, which is kitted out with over 8,000 rare vinyls. Open late – make sure to ask the staff for an entry stamp.

  • +852 2858 6066
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  • 100 Third Street
    Sai Ying Pun
    Hong Kong

Salon Number 10

This atmospheric bar on Arbuthnot Road is a stalwart of Hong Kong’s late-night scene, and gets especially busy after midnight. Enter through what looks like an old ship’s door into a decadently fitted bar with large armchairs, stacks of books and striped, panelled walls. The bar at the back practically spills out into the open seating area, positioning potent negronis dangerously within your reach.

Volar

This dark, cave-like club transports you from the main strip of Lan Kwai Fong into an underground labyrinth of house, hip-hop, electronica and more. Spread across two main rooms, this place is a popular afterparty spot for its international clientele.

  • +852 2810 1510
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  • 44 D’Aguilar Street
    Central
    Hong Kong

Ham & Sherry

This jamón bar serves up creative cocktails alongside – surprise, surprise – sherry and tapas. Laid out like elementary school exercise books, the menu gets full points for design, as does the interior, which is curiously split by a one-way mirror. Pop in for a pre-dinner drink or linger for tapas and a lazy epicurean evening. TIP: The mirror makes the ‘back bar’ the cooler half. Enter through the hidden side door and people-watch.

Duddell’s

A self-titled ‘cultural and social destination for people who have an active appreciation for the arts, this bar and restaurant occupies a grand space across two floors in Central and specialises in Cantonese cuisine. Duddell’s also curates art exhibitions and has one of the best outdoor terraces in Central. TIP: Sip a cocktail from a teapot in their creatively constructed garden.

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