- An Article by Jeff Epps
Hong Kong Nightlife (v.1)
With the many attractions that Hong Kong has to offer, one attraction it is not short on is its vibrant nightlife. Since Hong Kong is a BIG city with many nightlife options, I’m only going to emphasize a few select places in this article that are well known to the locals and expats, alike.
Club71 is not what the name implies. It’s not a dance club with loud music and shaking bodies bumping and grinding till the wee hours of the morning. It is a unique place that attracts many artists, writers, and activists. It is a colorful place where ideas are shared. If you’re looking for a more quiet sophisticated place to enjoy a drink, have an intellectual conversation and meet new people, this may be your spot. There is no known website to check out. No cover. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 3pm-2am and Sunday, 6pm-1am. You can contact the bar for food and drink specials. Phone: (852) 2858-7071
Club71: 67 Hollywood Road, Central
121BC (http://www.121bc.com.hk/) is an Italian themed wine bar that sits on a steep street in the SoHo area of Central District. There are shopping venues and dining options all around. Much of the wine is organic, made with regionally grown indigenous grapes. The menu consists of Italian food such as pasta, grissini and ricotta that are homemade in the kitchen. There is a regional week every month in which the bar celebrates the diversity of Italian cuisine by creating a special theme with unusual food from a specific region of Italy. Private dining is also available per request by contacting the manager (firstname.lastname@example.org). Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, wine from 5:30pm, dinner from 6:30pm. Phone: (852) 2395-0200
121BC: 42-44 Peel Street, Central
The China Bear is a cafe/bar located on Lantau Island and is one of the only bars in the area for expats outside Discovery Bay. Its theme is a cross between China and Europe It sits on the Mui Wo waterfront. It has an outdoor setting and offers Western style food such as burgers, pizzas, pies, and salads. The China Bear offers a variety of wine and beer. “Happy Hour” is Monday to Friday, 5pm-9pm. A great place to visit before or after you visit the Tian Tan Buddha or get off the ferry. Phone: (852) 2984-9720
The China Bear: 3 Ngan Wan Road, Mui Wo Centre, Lantau Island
The Fringe (http://www.hkfringeclub.com/) is an art building that is home to several venues. I will just discuss just one in particular, Colette’s (https://www.hkfringecolettes.com/), because of its bar/restaurant atmosphere. Colette’s has an artsy feel, due to its location in the Fringe Club. It is named in memory of Colette Koo, an actress and artist. It is designed to provide an informal setting for the display of photography. It also provides a social setting for artists to mingle, lecture, and discuss business. There is a vegetarian lunch that is served from 12pm-10pm on weekdays and a brunch that is served on Saturdays from 11am-4pm, while tapas and drinks are served everyday from 6pm. Phone: (852) 2521-7251
Colette's: 2 Lower Albert Road, Central
McSorley’s Ale House (http://www.mcsorleys.com.hk/) has been around since 1854 and was inspired by the New York pub of the same name. There are two locations in Hong Kong, with one being located in the SoHo area of Central District. There is a spacious dining terrace, a weekly Indian buffet, and a beach nearby. The menu includes Baby Back Ribs w/Chips, McSorley’s Fish ‘n’ Chips, and Texas BBQ Burgers. A great atmosphere on a nice day due to its outdoor venue. Hours are Monday through Friday, 3pm-12am and Saturday/Sunday, 11am-1am. Phone: (852) 2385-5515
McSorley's: 46 Staunton Street, SoHo, Central
Sevva (http://www.sevva.hk/) was established in 2008 and is located in the penthouse of the Prince’s Building in Central District. The venue offers a panoramic 360-degree view of the Hong Kong skyline that occasionally has a light show. A cross between Asia and Europe, Sevva is a meeting place for celebrities, fashionistas, bankers, attorneys and businessmen to conduct business. The menu offers delectable cuisines that range from steak, salad, soup, rice, and seafood dishes. The drinks consist of tea, wine, beer, soda, coffee, and juice. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 12pm-12am and Friday/Saturday/Holidays, 12pm-2am.
Sevva: 10 Chater Road, Prince's Building 25th Floor, Central
Tazmania Ballroom (http://tazmaniaballroom.com/) is dance club by default, but also hosts a lounge and even offers billiards and ping pong. There is a snack bar that provides plenty of food and there are a variety of beverages to choose from. With dancing, drinking, socializing and gaming, this place offers and all around good time. Hours are Sunday through Thursday, 5pm-2am and Friday/Saturday, 5pm-3am. “Happy Hour” is Monday through Sunday, 5pm-8pm. Phone: (852) 2801-5009
Ned Kelly’s Last Stand is an Australian themed restaurant/bar that offers Australian eats such as meat pie, mashed potatoes, and onion gravy. There are a variety of drinks to choose from. It’s been open for about 30 years. There is a jazz band every night. Most of the clientele are foreigners. Hours are 11:30am-2am, daily. Phone: (852) 2376-0562
Ned Kelly's Last Stand, 11A Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Delaney’s Irish Bar (http://delaneys.com.hk/) is an Irish themed bar with two locations in Hong Kong, one in Kowloon and one in Pokfulam. I’ll talk about the Kowloon location. Delaney’s has everything from pub favorites, international cuisine, breakfast service, private areas, family friendly environment, draft/craft beers, imported whiskey/beer, cocktails, and live sports. The sports range from early morning USA sports, Premier League soccer (football), and rugby. The menu has a wide range of food from Western style burgers, ribs, and steaks, Euro-style fish ‘n’ chips, and pasta, soup, wings, seafood, etc. Drinks range from imported beer, whiskey, cocktails, coffee, tea, soda, etc. A great place to host a private party or just a regular group gathering or couples night out. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 8am-2am with “Happy Hour” being 3pm-9pm. Phone: (852) 2301-3980
Delaney's: 71-77 Peking Road, Basement Mary Building, Tsim Sha Tsui
There are so many nightlife bar/restaurant/club options in Hong Kong that one article is just not enough to cover everything. However, the establishments mentioned above are among the best and are worth checking out while visiting Hong Kong. Hong Kong offers some of the best nightlife in the world, and much of it is non-alcohol related. There is something for everyone, including children. Many of the places mentioned above are located in or around Central District, which is located on Hong Kong Island. Central District caters to many expats (foreigners) and therefore most everyone speaks English. If you want to learn more about Hong Kong, you can check out my article “Hong Kong Today” or refer to one of the links below:
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