While the partying districts of Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai remain firm favourites, other neighbourhoods (some old, some new) have been gradually adding a new dimension to the city’s fun nightlife. We dish out some of our favourite hot spots and watering holes as some of the best alternatives to LKF and Wanchai.
Some might call it an extension of Soho, but Shueng Wan is far cry from the high-heeled snobbery of Soho. The district has slowly etched its own personality— effortless chic, relaxed buzz and a dash of casual swish. It’s a culinary playground and nightlife hub all wrapped up in one.
Dine at 208 Duecento Otto (New York style Italian hotspot); Chachawan (feisty Thai fare); Blue Butcher (for a huge slab of meat goodness along with some adventurous cocktails) and of course, Yardbird (cool Yakitori hangout spot) or Heirloom Eatery (quirky, vintage interiors and home cooked fare).
Drink at The Black Star (a hole-in-the-wall joint, ideal for a few after-work tipples); Shore (its terrace bar is perfect for wine and cocktails); or for a night of dance, DJ beats, BYOB beers and basement fun, head Premium—a cool music, entertainment and arts club with a distinct indie vibe.
PMQ (former Police Married Quarters), Aberdeen Street, Central
Unless you slept through 2014, you wouldn’t have missed the buzz around PMQ, the latest ‘creative design hub’ and the talk of town. On top of its eclectic mix of homegrown designers — from fashion, furniture, accessories, kitchenware etc. – PMQ also offers a plethora of great dining options. (read our guide to PMQ here!)
Dine at Aberdeen Street Social (chef Jason Athreton’s gig); Sohofama (Organic Chinese comfort food); Wilbur’s (Burgers, burritos and Asian favourites) or Vasco (Spanish fine dining)
Drink at Isono Eatery & Bar (sip your favourite cocktails and watch the world whizz by from their small balcony, perfect for a group of 6 to 10) or Aberdeen Street Social’s Cocktail Bar (for some heady concoctions!)
The new MTR extension has put Kennedy Town quite high on the nightlife map!
Dine at Chino (Mexican), K-Town (Western), Kinsale, Piccolo Pizza
Drink at The Limestone Arms, The Sports Place Bar
Star Street, Wanchai
Fun, laid back and urbane—Star Street presents quite a different vibe from the usual Wanchai madness.
Dine at Maya Cafe (Vegetarian & Vegan), Oola Petite, Classified, Wagyu
Drink at Slims, Castello Del Vino, The Principal
While hopping down to the racecourse is a ‘must do’ for every tourist and expat alike, Happy Valley offers more than just an equestrian evening.
Dine at Amigo (French – One of the oldest), Pomodoro Pizza & Pasta (Italian), The Jockey (Best Burger joint in HV)
Drink at Happy Valley Bar & Grill, Beer Garden, Sportsman Bar8
Hart Avenue (TST) + East Tsim Sha Tsui
Welcome to the dark side! From al fresco bars and Hong Kong-style pubs to a fun mix of epicurean delights, Hart Avenue and East TST are garnering popularity both among TST locals and Islanders!
Dine at Fatt’s Place (try out their thin, cheesy pizzas) or Swiss Chalet (…some more cheese —fondue, raclette, cheese platter and other Swiss delicacies) at Hart Avenue. Or head to Market at Hotel Icon (their ginormous buffet is quite the rage), Spasso (fun al fresco dining) or Eastside Tavern (hearty pub grub)
Drink at Tequila Jack’s (Margaritas and Tuesday Tacos), Hair of the Dog (this one’s a classic); or go bar hopping at East TST’s infamous al fresco strip packed with live music, sheesha and more (try out Bulldog’s Bar & Grill, Ra Restaurant and Lounge, or Deck N Beer at the promenade)
…for jazz and schnazz, Salon De Ning at the Peninsula is surely an esteemed address.
Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
Definitely a hit among TST’s night crawlers and foodies, Knutsford Terrace packs quite a buzz.
Dine at Paparazzi (Italian), Wildfire (Italian), Touch of Spice (Thai + Vietnamese) or Spice (Thai & Indian)
Drink at Joes Billiard (Play darts and drink beer), All Night Long (cocktails), Tasting Room (cocktails and sheesha)
Civic Square, Elements Mall, Kowloon
This ‘circular’ al fresco area atop Elements Mall has become a popular spot among the finance guys at ICC tower. A pint or two after a long day of number crunching! Against the backdrop of the soaring ICC Tower, the rooftop Civic Square packs it all.
Dine at Café Iguana (fiery Mexican fare over extra stiff cocktails); Joia (Fine ‘Italian dining); Toro Steakhouse & Gastro Pub (Pan Latin cuisine —finest cuts off the grill and sea food) or Kowloon Tang (sister restaurant of Central’s Island Tang —classic Cantonese dishes along with a few Dongguan favourites).
Drink at Stormies (a LKF-favourite!), Grand Central Bar & Grill (beer over American staples of hamburger and fries) or Madame S’ate (a French-style bistro).
…and dance the night away at Ozone at the Ritz Carlton!
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