Wondering where to go for drinks this month? We’ve got your next night out covered with new must-try drinks menus, alongside a list of our favourite cocktail bars and speakeasies in Hong Kong.
Whether it’s Hong Kong’s newest drinking destination, an unmissable happy hour deal or a must-try new drinks menu, you’ll find it all in our ultimate guide to where to drink in Hong Kong. This month, we simply can’t get enough of festive cocktails from Mulled Wine to Hot Toddy, plus bars across Hong Kong are adding their own creative spin on classic Christmas drinks, it’s hard to miss out! Keep scrolling for our pick of the best cocktail bars and speakeasies in Hong Kong.
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Where To Go For Festive Cocktails In Hong Kong
To spread the festive cheer, every guest flocking to CNY over the holidays will receive a welcome drink of Mulled Wine! And to keep the spirits going, continue the evening with the Christmas Cocktail made with whisky and mulled apple cider, topped off with a Darjeeling black tea, hibiscus, cranberry and pine foam.
The second installment of the Jean Cocteau global cocktail menu “Greetings for our Friends’’ comes with five different cocktails each dedicated to a friend, a parent, a lover, to society or to life. Some of the drinks on the new menu include Tribute (made of cognac, smoky whiskey and green chartreuse), Garçon de Café (a love letter to society and life) and Madeleine 1957 (named after a dear friend). This sentimental menu also allows guests to write a message and send a postcard to loved ones – perfect to bring long distance relationships closer!
If you’re looking for untouched Christmas classics, Percy’s delivers! The rich and creamy Eggnog is definitely one way to kick off the festive season and you also can’t go wrong with the traditional Christmas Spiced Mulled Wine. Also, you can upgrade to enjoy two-hours free-flow of house wines and beers to pair with your meal for an additional $268.
The St. Regis Bar
The St. Regis Bar will keep you warm and cosy this winter with its offerings of classic mulled wine and two seasonal spiced cocktails. The Sports of Kings packs a Sichuan kick balanced with almond and matcha, while Shakespeare Riot puts its own spin on a classic New York Sour, combining rich spice flavours with smokey notes.
When: Throughout December (except Saturday, 24, Monday, 26 and Saturday, 31 December)
Bedazzled and bejewelled are the words to describe the four stunning festive cocktails at SEVVA. The Golden Cup is a rum-based drink topped with pomegranate and mint and a dash of lime; Lavender Twist is an elegant drink made of purple gin, butterfly lavender tea and infused with peach and lemon; No More Blues (the magical drink that’s the hero image of this article!) is definitely one we’re all eyeing, a concoction of rum, coconut and blue Curacao and pineapple; and lastly the Valrhona Dark Chocolate Martini is the ultimate espresso martini!
Te Quiero Mucho
Ringing in Christmas with Mexican staples, Te Quiero Mucho’s Ponche Navideño (a blend of guava, hibiscus tamarind, cinnamon and spices) and Oaxaca Hot Chocolate (made with Mexican cacao and cinnamon) can’t be missed! We also love that these are festive yet non-alcoholic options for those who don’t drink or are cutting down their alcohol intake (whilst remaining in the spirit (see what we did there?).
Are you being naughty or nice this Christmas? Or should we say sweet or sour – Terrible Baby’s Mulled Wine comes with the classic spices, as well as infused with pineapple, vanilla and hibiscus, whereas its TB Sour Twist with black label sherry is more refreshing, fruity and sour.
The Daily Tot
Make way, this rum bar is spinning things around with its on take on classic festive drinks. The Irish Rum (think Espresso Martini) is a creamy cocktail with a caffeine kick and Demerara syrup, whereas the Tot Rum Mulled Wine (yes, you read that right!) is mulled wine mixed with Plantation Dark Rum!
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ARGO – #28 World’s Best Bars 2022
Featuring a collection of the world’s most innovative spirits, paired with stunning interiors (your eyes will keep wandering, picking up small details that elevate your whole experience), ARGO is a classy choice amongst bar goers in Hong Kong. Signature drinks here include the single-origin Negroni, the Argo Martini and the Red Rock Sazerac, but really no choice here is a bad one.
COA – Asia’s #1 bar and World’s Best #17 for Mezcal lovers!
Topping the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars for the past two years, this Oaxaca-inspired cocktail bar was opened by Jay Khan in 2017 with the mission to bring agave spirits to the forefront of Asia’s cocktails scene. Boasting an impressive 41-page spirit menu, COA serves a diverse range of 100% agave tequila, traditional mezcal and cocktails inspired by the flavours of Mexico. Dimly lit by candles, this drinking den is the perfect stop for weekend drinks or date night.
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The Diplomat – A go-to skip-the-crowd bar
The Diplomat needs no introduction as one of the city’s top drinking destinations. The first speakeasy concept opened by acclaimed bartender John Nugent, it specialises in reimagined takes on classic cocktails (try the Gibson and Tuxedo), with mini cocktails available for those who want to sample more than one. This classy neighbourhood cocktail bar is always buzzing with energy and high spirits.
The Old Man – Bar with chic interior design
Tucked away on a corner of Aberdeen Street is The Old Man, an award-winning speakeasy inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea”. Helmed by bartender Agung Prabowo (previously of Lobster Bar and Mandarin Oriental), cocktails on offer here carry a sophisticated Hemingway-Asian theme to match the tastefully styled interiors.
The Old Man, LG/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong, theoldmanhongkong.com
DarkSide – Premium cocktails, live jazz and classy interiors
Paying homage to Kowloon’s “Dark Side” moniker, The Rosewood Hotel’s swanky cocktail parlour houses a coveted selection of dark spirits that harks back to the early 19th century, alongside an extensive library of fine rum, whisky and calvados. Lounge on the al fresco terrace, soak in the harbour views and splurge on a premium cocktail — you deserve it!
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The Pontiac – Best LGBTQ+ bar in Hong Kong
With a rough and retro rock ‘n’ roll vibe, Soho’s resident local dive bar The Pontiac has an authenticity that’s seriously cool. The all-female staff keep it real with strong drinks, plenty of shots and a hell of a lot of fun. This is where you need to go if you want a seriously wild night out with your friends — trust us, you won’t regret it.
Penicillin – Sustainable speakeasy in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s first fully zero-waste bar Penicillin has taken the culinary world by storm with its sustainable farm-to-bar movement. The magic happens in The Penicillin Lab and Fermentation Chamber, where Prabowo, Ghale and their team test new and creative ways to minimise their carbon footprint while coming up with clever concoctions. Proudly partnered with ecoSPIRITS, it’s with noting that each cocktail marked with the “eS” logo saves an average of 150g in CO2 emissions. We’ll cheers to that!
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour – One of the best gin bars in Hong Kong
A hidden gem within The Landmark, Dr.Fern’s is an absolute must for gin lovers. Using organic and locally-sourced ingredients and botanicals, and only premium gin, Dr. Fern’s cocktails are sure to cure any ailment. Tucked away in a corner, you’ll find two tiny office doors — one full-sized and one Alice in Wonderland-style — all that hint at the doctor’s office behind. It also whips up seasonal cocktails, and if you can’t decide what to go for, the doctor is always on hand to prescribe the perfect tincture.
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Foxglove – Live jazz nights perfect for girls’ night out
Hidden behind what appears to be an umbrella store on Duddell Street, Foxglove oozes old-school luxury and charm. Vintage-inspired, expect live jazz nights, a decadent menu based on traditional Cantonese favourites and a refined atmosphere. Drinks buffs will love the menu that features a rare selection of cognacs and spirits, along with fine whiskies and expertly crafted cocktails.
Frank’s Library – Best hidden bar in Hong Kong
Another speakeasy that can be found hidden within Foxglove. The tucked away and discreet space is found behind a hidden door in the bar and restaurant (find the hidden elevator buttons and hit the right number to gain entrance to Frank’s secret library!), and serves a menu of ‘Travel Diary Cocktails”, inspired by the namesake character, Frank Minza. Drinks start at $140 and include the inventive Confectionary, with marshmallow-infused gin, cacao white liqueur, mint liqueur, orange bitters and Champagne.
Frank’s Library, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/frankslibrary
KABOOM – Rooftop Bar In Tsim Sha Tsui
This rooftop bar in Tsim Sha Tsui has patrons booking tables for its stunning urban views, creative cocktails and a sunset shisha sesh. Spanning two floors (indoor dining with panoramic views and a terrace), KABOOM serves carefully curated South Asian nibbles to pair perfectly with your drinks. Most of the signature cocktails here are light and fruity; if you ask us for tried and tested recommendations, go for Damn Pissed Off (cheekily served in a bathtub), Enough Is Enough (for those who say one drink is enough!) or I Just Want To Go Home (we feel you).
KABOOM, 20/F, Prince Tower, 12A Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 9176 9986, www.instagram.com/kaboom.hk
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Finding Daisy – One of the best themed-bars in Hong Kong
Cocktails and drama (the good kind) abound at this theatre-themed bar on Elgin Street. Exuding all the sleek speakeasy vibes, head here to indulge in classic cocktails with a contemporary twist. Highlights include the Spicy Rancho, a spiced-up iteration of the margarita, and the Daisy’s Gambit, an elevated take on a Gibson.
Quality Goods Club – An all-rounded option for night outs
Brought to us by the guys behind Shady Acres and Honky Tonks Tavern, Quality Goods Club brings together music, delicious bites and, of course, top-notch drinks, for a night to remember in Soho. Quality signature cocktails and fine spirits in vintage crystal decanters are what this location does best, complemented by exceptional Brasserie-style fare. Happy hour runs daily from 6pm to 8pm, and includes pitchers of draught beer, QGC craft cocktails, wines by the glass and $10 oysters.
Quality Goods Club, Basement, On Lok House, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thequalitygoodsclub
Faye – Rooftop bar on top of California Tower
Taking over the rooftop previously occupied by LKF landmark CÉ LA VI, this outer-spaced themed lounge and club promises over-the-top décor (we’re talking an infinity tunnel of ring lights, an inflatable spaceship, neon acrobat rings and more), along with iconic sweeping skyline views. Plus, its creative cocktail selection is out of this world.
Main image courtesy of SEVVA, image 1 courtesy of CNY Bar, image 2 courtesy of LPM, image 3 courtesy of Percy’s, image 4 courtesy of Te Quiero Mucho, image 5 courtesy of Terrible Baby, image 6 courtesy of The Daily Tot, image 7 courtesy of ARGO, image 8 courtesy of COA via Instagram, image 9 courtesy of The Old Man, image 10 courtesy of The Pontiac via Instagram, image 11 courtesy of Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour via Instagram, image 12 courtesy of Frank’s Library via Instagram, image 13 courtesy of Fashila Kanakka, image 14 courtesy of Quality Goods Club via Instagram.