What are you in the mood for? Jaw-dropping views and high-end surroundings? Craft brews, comfort food and live music? A laid-back spot where you can enjoy a solo glass of wine? Kowloon has it all. These are the best bars in this Hong Kong neighbourhood.
The Lobby Lounge at the InterContinental Hotel offers panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and a giddying range of drinks, with beers, whiskeys and wines imported from all over the world. But where this sleek bar truly shines is in its cocktail menu. Try the Asia’s World City, a blend of Beefeater Gin, maraschino liqueur, absinthe, lemon sherbet and prosecco. Come from 9pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays for smooth jazz, and on Thursdays through to Saturdays for contemporary jazz and Motown.
With over 20 draught taps and an impressive bottle selection, the Madhouse Taproom will satisfy your every beer whim. The decor is industrial and minimal with plenty of seating. Beer connoisseurs will love chatting to the bar staff, who are passionate and knowledgeable about the brews on offer. For a quintessentially Hong Kong bar snack, pair your beer with some positively addictive spam fries, a house speciality.
With its floor-to-ceiling windows, Aqua Spirit affords showstopping views across twinkling Victoria Harbour. The cocktail-rich menu at this stylish Tsim Sha Tsui bar is constantly being refreshed with new innovative creations, and the crowd is generally a fun mixture of visitors and members of the Hong Kong finance crowd. Arrive early evening to catch the legendary light show – among the best things to do in Hong Kong, in anyone’s book. If you get peckish, stay for dinner at Aqua’s restaurant, which offers a fusion menu of Asian- and Italian-inspired small plates.
Set within the Cordis Hotel in the heart of Mong Kok, Alibi brings together good wine, mixology and a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience. The bar menu comprises a carefully selected wine and champagne list alongside creative cocktails and delectable bar snacks, inspired by European and Asian cuisines. Keep an eye out for exclusive wine tasting sessions, and head to the restaurant after drinks for an innovative menu of modern tapas.
Located at The Peninsula above top Hong Kong restaurant Felix, the American Bar is an elegant space, perfect for a glass of champagne or cocktails. The luxurious design and sophisticated ambience draw a quieter, more refined crowd, so you won’t feel out of place enjoying your drink solo or in the company of a good book. Seek out a seat by the window to enjoy Hong Kong’s skyline before heading downstairs for a meal of contemporary takes on classic French cuisine.
This is an updated version of an article originally created by Chan Wing Yan.