28 July, 2016
Eat & Drink

Hong Kong’s Hidden Hideaways: Off the Beaten Track Bars in Central

28 July, 2016

Secret Sips

With a thriving nightlife to cater for the work hard, play hard philosophers; Central Hong Kong is certainly not short of bars. Whether it’s date night, girly cocktails or after work drinks, there will always be a busy bar for you to huddle into. However, if you’re pining to escape the hustle and bustle, break the mould and venture into the unknown, there are a bevy of quirky hideouts with your name on them.

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Le Boudoir
Although this Parisian inspired bar is located in one of the most popular places for drinks and nightlife in Hong Kong, it can be a tricky one to find! From an inconspicuous entrance on Wyndham Street, venture down a dark, winding stair case and you’ll find the intimate, Moulin-Rouge-esque ‘Le Boudoir’. Expect an eclectic mix of furnishings that include masks, paintings and vintage knick knacks as well as the occasional jazz singer… you’ll feel a world away from the bright noisy lights of Wyndham Street!

Where: Le Boudoir, Basement, 65 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2530 3870, www.facebook.com/LeBoudoirHK
Tasty Tipple: Spicy Fifty – a fiery mix of Absolut Vanilla Vodka, Lime, Elderflower Cordial and Honey Syrup with Thai Red Chilli

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Foxglove
Hidden behind what appears to be an umbrella store on Duddell Street, Foxglove oozes old-school luxury and charm. With regular live jazz nights, a decadent menu with European and Japanese flavours and a refined atmosphere, this is the place for dapper gentlemen and elegant ladies looking for something a bit more exclusive.

Where: Foxglove, 2/F, Ice House Street/Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.foxglovehk.com
Tasty Tipple: Camellia & Daisy, a sweet combination of Oolong Milk Tea-Infused H by Hine Cognac, Homemade Orange Cordial, Egg White and Orange Bitters.

hidden whiskey bar I Know John

I Know John
This recently opened whiskey bar is hidden on the 9th floor of ‘The Loop’ building in Central, overlooking Wellington Street. If you’re looking for something secret, the speakeasy vibe of this cosy bar will be right up your alley… think a cool, industrial vibe with polished concrete, exposed lightbulbs as well as wooden and leather details. Don’t expect standard drinks here – I Know John offers a specially curated selection of high-end whiskeys and wines, and their expert mixologists sure know how to craft a creative cocktail. They even serve house-made bottled cocktails – perfect for washing down one of their speciality hot dogs or a plate of charcuterie and cheese! This is the place to go for incredible drinks and an intimate vibe away from the chaos of LKF.

Where: 9/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Tasty Tipple: We like the sound of the Fog Cutter, a signature cocktail at I Know John that includes cognac, gin, rum, sherry, amaretto, orange, lime, pineapple juice syrup, mint and ice
!

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Brickhouse
If you’ve not already been to this buzzing Mexican bar and resto, then you’ve been seriously missing out. Since opening in 2012, Brickhouse has cemented itself as one of the hippest spots in town, with an energetic atmosphere, delish tacos, killer drinks and great hip hop tunes. Hidden down a side street in Lan Kwai Fong (past a small handbag stall), Brickhouse is close to the action but maintains a sense of privacy from the

Where: Brickhouse, G/F, 20A D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/brickhousehk
Tasty Tipple: We’ve got our eye on the new ‘Rojo Lena’ cocktail – a blend of mezcal, strawberry, pink pepper corns and absinthe… cheeky!

Sumac Restaurant & Lounge
Looking for a quiet corner that’s not too far away from the action? Sumac Restaurant & Lounge is definitely worth a try. This Lebanese resto, bar and shisha lounge is tucked away down a leafy green lane on Glenealy Road. The french windows, quaint terrace and all round chilled out vibe is perfect if you’re looking to escape the madness of Wyndham Street, and you can’t go wrong with a colourful mezze platter and a glass of vino here.

Where: Sumac Restaurant & Lounge, 9 Glenealy Road, Central, Hong Kong
Tasty Tipple: A glass of rose wine goes down a treat here!

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Stockton
If a sophisticated speakeasy is what you’re after, look no further than Maximal Concepts’ Stockton. Next to their restaurant Fish & Meat, you’ll find a hidden alleyway with stairs that lead up to this atmospheric whiskey bar (look out for the hanging lightbulb!). Dark, broody and mysterious, this secluded spot is the perfect place to while away the hours… with great music (look out for their themed nights on Facebook), old-world glamour, specially crafted cocktails and of course, high quality whiskey, Stockton is one of Hong Kong’s best hidden bars.

Where: Stockton, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.stockton.com.hk
Tasty Tipple: Feeling adventurous? Try the Athole Brose, a rich mix of Blended Whisky, Wild Heather Honey, Oatmeal, Drambuie, Luxardo Amaretto di Saschira and Double Cream.

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The Envoy
Away from all the obvious watering holes in Central, the stylish Pottinger Hotel on Stanley Street houses The Envoy, one of our favourite places to grab a cocktail with the girls. Situated on the third floor of this colonial inspired hotel, this sophisticated establishment is known for its whimsical, creative cocktails (great for the ‘gram!). This stylish bar also has a pretty terrace – perfect for balmy evenings under the city lights.

Where: The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hotel, 74 Queen’s Road Central (the entrance is located on Stanley Street), Central, Hong Kong, www.theenvoy.hk
Tasty Tipple: Birds of a Feather – a sweet blend of Talisker 10 Years, Ballantine’s Finest scotch, Dilmah Blueberry & Pomegranate tea syrup, blueberry purée, malt essence and lemon juice, served in a unique bird shaped glass… this could be the most Instagrammed cocktail in HK!

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Feather Boa
Hidden behind an uninviting, velvet curtain, you would never expect to discover the treasure that is Feather Boa. Bringing a quirky, vintage theme to Hong Kong, it is the perfect venue for visitors, provided you can nab a seat! Don’t be fooled by its size, the strawberry daiquiri’s are larger than life with a delicious mix of fruit and chocolate frosting – a liquid dessert! One word of advice, avoid sampling these delights on a ‘school night’, my friends and I certainly found this out the hard way!

Where: Club Feather Boa G/F, 38 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, 2857 2586
Tasty Tipple: Strawberry Daiquiri

Speakeasy 001
Transporting you back to the 1930’s New York streets, this concealed and mysterious speakeasy oozes class from every one of its dark corners. Hidden beneath the trodden path of Wellington Street, 001 offers clandestine wining and dining, a refined food and beverage menu whilst casually wooing you with classic jazz tunes. Dubbed a secret saloon, with no signage and a doorbell to enter, it brings a touch of class and relaxed exclusivity to Hong Kong. The cocktails are known for being some of the best in town; get there early to bag a booth!

Where: That’s for you to find out – we’re sworn to secrecy!
Tasty Tipple: The Earl Grey Martini

Want to know where 001 is? Shhh… we’ll email you the address if you promise not to tell!

10 thoughts on “Hong Kong’s Hidden Hideaways: Off the Beaten Track Bars in Central

  1. As a Chinese living in Hong Kong for about 10 years and subsequently moving to London for a good 6 years, I am appalled by the decision to add the Feather Boa to your list of Hidden Jems.

    I’ve found from my past experiences, that they are extremely racist with Chinese people, and trust me when I say I never have issues with this in the past, not even in the UK. My expat friends absolutely love it here and I would grit my teeth and be persuaded to go with them, but time after time I have found that this has not only occurred to me, but also to a few Chinese acquaintances who work on high level jobs. Working in the f&b business you would expect them to be courteous – but it seems like they only have one thing in mind, be rude to the Chinese.

    Sorry, I love your site Sassy but I had to vent! Glad that Jaa is up there, Ann and crew and truly gems!!!

  2. Hi Christine – ugh, we have heard rumours of this in the past and now it seems that your experience confirms that Feather Boa does indeed have a racist door policy. 🙁 I’m going to keep this entry on the post only because I know that people ALWAYS read the comments on our posts and so it’s worth spreading the word this way that while the daiquiris are delicious, you might want to give the bar itself a wide berth!

  3. … I must agree with a Rockstar that staff is extremely
    rude to the costumers…I think its not a racial thing, they just pure RUDE . I am caucasian went there
    with 2 friends on a Thursday night into empty Feather Boa
    we wanted to take one photo there and the manager
    older chinesse lady started to freak out and act very rude
    towards us…. she said that I might copy her bar if I take
    a pic….(???).. she keepd raising her voice and I said this is
    not the way to treat costumer .. it escalated even more, we
    went to Soriee after this ‘drama’ and were treated like a costumer with RESPECT.
    lets see how long this bar last open- bad word spread even faster …
    would never go back..

  4. 001 has the BEST grilled cheese and the 1 hour wait for their mac and cheese is worth the wait!!!

  5. I love the idea,,,especially because over many years of travel I have cherished out-of-the-way, hard-to-find restaurants, pubs, shops, etc. I must ask you however, how can you not offer ANY place in Tokyo? Nothing in Taiwan? Nothing in Manila???? That is amazing to me?? Or, are you only interested in the UK? Thank you! I will keep searching your site.

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