Out of all the places I’ve been in the world, Hong Kong has some of the trendiest and hippest bars around. From chic rooftop bars to hidden underground venues, there are so many places for Hong Kong’s residents to get out and mingle. As I mentioned in my previous post on Hong Kong’s best foodie spots, I was invited to Hong Kong by the tourism board, along with three other bloggers. One night we went bar-hopping around SoHo and I had never seen a city so alive with people. As we made our way down the staircases and escalators to get back to our hotel for an early start, the night was in full swing and there streets were filled with partygoers everywhere! If you’re planning a visit to Hong Kong, these are some of the hottest spots right now…
Occupying the 25th floor of the Prince’s Building, Sevva is rather special and was my favourite bar of the whole trip. The beautifully-lit roof terrace provides incredible views of Hong Kong and is the best place to watch the fireworks and ‘Symphony of Lights’ Laser Show. It’s the ideal place to entertain clients, grab some after work drinks or simply enjoy some cocktails with friends.
Tucked away down a flight of stairs on Hollywood Road, The Woods is a cosy cocktail bar that is the talk of the town. The interior-you guessed it- has a woodland theme and the menu consists of classic cocktails made with a twist of market-fresh ingredients. What’s really cool is that they make their own crystal ice blocks, hand-carved ice spheres and cubes to put inside the drinks. Since I like spicy drinks I had a four-pepper margarita with bell pepper, jalapeño-infused 1800 blanco tequila, fresh lime juice and agave nectar concoction rimmed in lime zest salt. There’s also a prix-fixe menu, where you can pick your appetiser, main and dessert, except the centre of each course is the cocktail, and it is paired with a nibble of food.
Fu Lu Shou
Meaning “Happiness, Prosperity and Longevity” Fu Lu Shou is all the rage at the moment. This is a rooftop bar with a difference; while many rooftop bars are located in super swanky skyscrapers, Fu Lu Shou is hidden away in an old building. You have to know a code to get through the front door, before stepping into a rickety elevator to get to the roof. There’s a small inside seating area with a lively kitchen and mural that says “Eat, Drink and Be Prosperous”, but you’ll probably want to head straight out to the terrace, which is decorated with swing seats, street art work and comfy sofas . The staff are super welcoming and the bar has a casual, intimate vibe.
Salon Number 10
We got a little lost looking for this bar and it seems to be so hip some people haven’t even heard of it yet. After asking for directions from several people, we finally got out the trusty Google Maps and wound up at this very busy bar. It seemed to be where all the cool kids hit the dancefloor in the early hours, and the interior reminded me of a cruise ship crossed with an old fashioned gentleman’s parlour.
Armani/Prive Hong Kong
Since this bar was just a stone’s throw from our hotel (The Mandarin Oriental) we decided to head there for a cocktail after dinner. The bar has two parts- an indoor club with a dark candlelit interior, and a more chilled out roof terrace with views of the city’s upmarket shopping district. The cocktail list is extensive and there’s plenty of comfy seating from which to enjoy those views.
My trip to Hong Kong was with the Hong Kong Tourism Board as part of their Perfect Day campaign.
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