If there’s one thing that Hong Kongers have in common, it’s the love of a good drink. And what’s better in our hot and sticky city than a cold, refreshing beer? With microbreweries popping up all over town, and local brew houses and pubs making craft beers so easily attainable, we devotees are loving the fact that bland beer has become a thing of the past. So, to make sure you’re drinking the very best, we’ve rounded up some of the top places to go for a variety of craft brews. Because, frankly, life’s too short to drink bad beer.
Tucked away on a quiet back street of Mong Kok, and just two streets over from the buzzing Ladies Market is Tap – The Ale Project. Serving up a glorious selection of beers, complete with 15 taps, ranging from sours, to IPAs and porters – TAP has something for all beer fans, including local brews from the likes of Moonzen and Young Master Ales, along with a range of imports too! The small space is constantly packed with an eclectic mix of locals, expats and tourists, all gathered with one thing in common: appreciation for great beer. Make sure to also check out the food menu here. It offers a delicious selection of homemade and hearty sandwiches, with an array of fillings. Feeling hungry? Opt for the Toasted Gai, with thick sliced sourdough French toast, melting kaya butter, crispy fried chicken and malted barley syrup.
Tap – The Ale Project, G/F, 15 Hak Po Street, Mongkok, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thealeproject
Producing some of the highest quality and most unique craft beers in the biz, Little Creatures strives to make beer better with its vast selection of hoppy pints and bottles. Set amongst sea views in Kennedy Town, this bar-come-resto offers up delish grub and plenty of options. Not sure where to start? Sample the boozy tasting plank, or close your eyes and point to the extensive menu – there’s always something new to try!
Little Creatures, 5A New Praya, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, ww.littlecreatures.hk
Second Draft boasts a selection of micro brewed ales on tap (25 to be exact!), about half of which are from HK breweries. Aside from the impressive beer collection, this trendy chic hangout exudes cool vibes and serves up some tasty bites from one of our favourite female chefs and former That Girl, May Chow (of Little Bao and Happy Paradise). Expect HK style french toast or Nam Yu braised pork belly and octopus with chimichurri and pickled garlic, paired with your preferred beer of choice. For an excellent F&B paring, this spot is the place to be!
Second Draft, G/F, Little Tai Hang, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/SecondDraftHK
A local favourite with an impressive craft beer selection, The Globe, provides a selection of 19 microbrews on tap and boasts nearly 200 bottled beverages! You’ll find an array of local beer on tap, along with international brews which are frequently changed. The food menu offers a selection of British dishes from sausage, mash and gravy, to beer battered fish and chips.
The Globe, Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.theglobe.com.hk
For a taste of local Hong Kong brews, head over to the cosy 65 Peel in SoHo, where you’ll find 12 local HK beers on tap. From Young Master Ales and Moonzen, to Nine Dragons Brewery and more, you’ll get a true taste of Hong Kong in this microbrewing age. The food menu is Asian inspired too, and includes some fried bites and other tasty nibbles worth snacking on as you enjoy your beer of choice.
65 Peel, 65-65A Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/65peel
This TST joint has 11 rotating local beers on tap, which is why we consider it another worthy spot for a brew. Can’t decide which local brews to try? Opt for the tasting board and get four 5-ounce samples for sipping. Pick your winner and stay for a pint, watching the fast-paced life of Kowloon pass you by. Feeling hungry? Kowloon Taproom offers a simple Western style menu of fish and chips, salads and more.
Kowloon Taproom, Astoria Building, 24-38 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/KowloonTaproom
Opened in late 2017, Blue Supreme is a cosy neighbourhood local that serves up an incredible selection of saisons and sour beers, along with modern (and delicious!) cuisine. We tried it out for ourselves and couldn’t get enough of the eclectic selection of beers, thoughtfully paired with contemporary dishes. The friendly and knowledgable staff will also be able to help with recommendations at this cool spot.
Blue Supreme, 21 Tung Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.bluesupreme.live
For probably the cheapest craft beer on tap found in HK, head over to The Beer Bay at Central Ferry Pier 3 & 4. A small stand on the harbour that offers a good selection of microbrews on tap as well as an “award winning” British and US bottled beer selection. The pint prices range depending on your brew of choice, and there are also spirits on hand too ($40 G&T’s anyone?). Great priced, delicious beer with a beautiful view of HK – sounds too good to be true!
The Beer Bay, Pier 3 and Pier 4, Central Ferry Pier, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/bbpier3and4
Want to enjoy your brew in the comfort of your own home? Head to HK Brewcraft in Central to shop a selection of over 350 craft beers! From lesser known breweries, to local favourites and major craft brew houses, it’s always fun to stop by, see what’s on offer and try something new. If you fancy trying out a spot of brewing for yourself, the shop also offers home brewing classes, for a step by step tutorial on how to make the perfect brew at home. All equipment and ingredients needed are also available in store or online, so you can continue your new hobby once the first batch has gone!
HK Brewcraft, 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.hkbrewcraft.com
99 Bottles is a bottle shop and bar found on Peel Street that offers up craft beer and more at unbeatable prices ($45 for a pint and $30 for a half)! With its “no happy hour needed” motto, prices here are always cheap, and the beers are always flowing. Seating here is limited, so choose to enjoy the night air out on Peel Street, or take your beers to go. With local and international bottles available, along with six on draft, the selection here may not be as vast as bigger venues, but you can’t argue with the price.
99 Bottles, Shop B, 59a Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/99bottleshk
Found in Tin Hau, Hong Kong Island Tap House already proudly boasts the largest selection of craft brews in the city! With 40 beers on tap, this is where to come for a casual drink if you’re wanting to sample some of the best local beers that our city has to offer. Expect classic bar food (10 different kinds of wings, anyone?) to accompany your brew.
Hong Kong Island Tap House, 1A-1B, Tsing Fung Street Flyover, Tin Hau, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/HKIslandTaphouse
Set up by Thai and Taiwanese owners (hence the name), this neighbourhood spot in Wan Chai offers both local and international craft brews. We love it for its ever-friendly staff, along with the tasty and cheap bar snacks, not to mention the brews. Swing by for happy hour (daily from 5pm to 8pm), and enjoy a pint on lively Ship Street.
Thaiwan, Shop 3, G/F, 31 Ship Street Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thaiwan.co
Tucked away on a quiet corner of Poho, Craftissimo is a great place to head for a spot of outdoor drinking, and is home to a constantly rotating selection of over 280 beers from some of the best breweries in the world. Whether you’re enjoying your brew in house, or ordering online, the craft beer selection is sure to keep beers fans happy. Craftissimo also offers a beer club for enthusiasts to try new brews, sign up to enjoy a curated selection of 12 brews a month for three months.
Craftissimo, Shop D, G/F, 22-24 Tai Ping Shan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, www.craftissimo.hk
Although the locations in Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town have now sadly closed, Beer & Co. in Central is still offering 15 rotating brews from around the world on tap, including its own locally brewed ale. The beer menu is changing constantly so keep an eye on its FB page for details of what’s currently on offer!
Craft Brew & Co., 17 Old Bailey Street, Soho, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/craftbrew.com.hk
Missing your favourite microbrew from home? There’s a good chance you’ll find it – or something like it – at The Bottle Shop! As a one-stop shop for beer lovers in Hong Kong, you’re sure to find whatever type of brew your looking for. Featuring over 500 craft beers available for purchase, and six brews on tap which change daily, The Bottle Shop celebrates Hong Kong’s local brewers, along with beers from far and wide. You can find ciders, bottled wine and gluten-free drinks here as well.
The Bottle Shop, G/F 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/thebottleshop.hk
With its ever-changing tap list, Roundhouse has remained a popular spot for microbrew drinkers since its opening in 2013. Housing an impressive collection of 25 beers on tap, not to mention the additional craft bottle and canned drinks, this is the place to be for beer o’clock. The pourers here are knowledgeable on the products on offer, and can help to recommend a top-quality brew from around the globe. Head to the location on Peel Street to enjoy some quality Texan fare, or drop into the Wan Chai location for Southern style fried chicken to accompany your brew.
Roundhouse – BBQ +Beer, 62 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/RoundhouseKB
Roundhouse – Chicken + Beer, G/F, 29 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/RoundhouseCB
We’ve been big fans of Alvy’s since it opened back in 2017. The cool and casual neighbourhood restaurant serves up not only stone oven pizzas and bar snacks, but a huge selection of locally brewed beers. Pair your Bak Gwei pizza (with gruyere béchamel, char siu pork, mozzarella and geung yeong) with a Young Master Classic Pale Ale for a combo that’s hard to beat. Plus, if you head here on weekdays between 4pm and 7pm you can snag yourself half prices wings and curly fries, along with $50 beers.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/AlvysHK
With its Central location and al fresco seating area, Big Sur is a great option for when you’re out and in need of a decent brew. The Californian-inspired restaurant has 14 taps on offer, which rotate throughout the seasons. The beer selection is full of offerings from local brewer, Young Master, but the restaurant also serves other local and international craft beers by the bottle and on draft.
Big Sur, 22 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.bigsur.com.hk
Young Master Brewery, Sungib Industrial Centre, G/F,53 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.youngmasterales.com
Moonzen Brewery, New East Sun Industrial Building, 18 Shing Yip Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.moonzenbrewery.com
Heroes Beer Co, Room 1411, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.heroesbeerco.com
Carbon Brews, Unit A1, G/F, Union Industrial Center, 27-31 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.carbonbrews.com
Yardley Brothers Beer, Unit 10, Wah Tat Industrial Centre Block a, 5/F, 8 Wah Sing Stree, Kwai Hing, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.yardleybrothers.hk
Black Kite Brewery, 11B Derrick Industrial Building, 49 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, www.blackkite.hk
Hong Kong Beer Co., Unit 5A, Ground Floor, Wah Shing Centre, 5 Fung Yip Street, Chai Wan, Hong Kong, www.hkbeerco.com
Kowloon Bay Brewery, Unit 12, 10/F, Block B, Hi-Tech Industrial Building, 491-501 Castle Peak Road, Tsuen Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.kowloonbaybrewery.com
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on 17 February, 2017, written by Savannah Wasserman and was updated by Annie Simpson on 4 April, 2019.