9th March 2023 – (Hong Kong) New Drinking Dens in Hong Kong to Add to Your Bar-Hopping Itinerary If you’re a bar-hopper looking for new and exciting drinking spots in Hong Kong, you’re in luck. Hong Kong is known for its world-class bars, and the industry continues to thrive despite the pandemic.
To help you on your quest, we’ve compiled a list of new drinking dens to add to your itinerary. From Filipino restobars to Japanese gastrobars, to intimate speakeasies, and members-only clubs, Hong Kong has plenty to offer.
Dara: A Filipino Restobar Dara is one of the new additions to Hong Kong’s growing Filipino food and drink scene. This restobar offers traditional Filipino cuisine with Kapampangan roots, and its menu features Pinoy food staples like palabok and savoury sizzling sisig. But what makes Dara stand out is its craft cocktails inspired by Filipino ingredients. Head mixologist and bar manager Jon Bunoan, formerly from 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo Bombana and Bar Q88, creates unique and refreshing cocktails like the herbal sour called Gubat and the boozier Usok, a Boulevardier riff. Dara also serves Philippine-made beers like the popular extra-strong lager Red Horse Beer and other craft spirits, including lambanog, a traditional Filipino distilled liquor made from coconut palm.
Address: Shop 6, 1/F, The Artisan House, 1 Sai Yuen Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 5107 4474
Bar Cyclone: For people who prefer exclusive wine-drinking experiences, former Hong Kong Olympic cyclist and Club Qing owner Jack Wu just opened his second bar in Central, and it is for members only. Bar Cyclone offers over 320 different bottles of wine from all over the world at significantly approachable prices. Members can drink wine by the glass or bottle or enjoy tasting sets, including Jack’s special omakase-style menu priced from $600 to $800.
Address: 18/F, M88, Wellington Place, 2-8 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Kappou Mu and room 3: A Dual-Concept Gastrobar located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kappou Mu and room 3 is a dual-concept gastrobar that opened in December 2022. Kappou Mu offers traditional kappo cuisine, where diners are treated to a multi-course menu served using fresh seasonal produce. After dining, head over to room 3 and indulge in Japanese tapas and signature cocktails like the tequila-based Jungle Cat and the effervescent The Fiction. This month, watch out for their special Sakura-inspired cocktail menu celebrating the cherry blossom season in Japan.
Address: Shop 1-3, UG/F, H Zentre , 15 Middle Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 66176602
Behind 69: An Intimate Speakeasy For those who want to discover a new speakeasy-style bar, visit 69 on Jervois and check out its intimate 14-seater drinking den aptly named Behind 69. Along with British pub fare, the bar serves signature cocktails inspired by the history of the Sheung Wan neighbourhood. Cocktails include the refreshing but boozy Burd Street Blaze, named after the Great Fire of Sheung Wan in 1851, a mezcal-based drink served with a flaming lime wheel. The bar also serves signature versions of classic cocktails, including Manhattan made with Bulleit Bourbon and Cinzano 1757 vermouth.
Address: The Chelsea, Behind 69 Jervois Street, Burd Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 9758 6715
Whale Club: Another members-only club joining the roster of new exclusive venues in Central is Whale Club – a two-story private venue where members can enjoy lunch and dinner or book private rooms, including a bar, gallery, and a cigar room, for any occasion. Members can access the club’s art showcase and NFT art installation, which is regularly in rotation, and attend events and private programmes. The place offers an intimate space for people who want to conduct business or rub elbows with corporate figures from the finance and crypto sectors.
Address: 1F, Lyndhurst Building, 29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Telephone: +852 6020 8873