The Best Bars in Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Street scene in Mong Kok, Hong Kong.
Street scene in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. | © LAI CHING YUEN / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Daniel Haddad
24 June 2019

One of Hong Kong’s liveliest districts, Mong Kok has no shortage of places to enjoy a drink after perusing the area’s bustling markets. From kicking back with a craft beer to sampling elaborate cocktails, here’s a roundup of the best bars in Mong Kok.

The Garage Bar

Bar, Beer, Street Food
Street food meets craft beer and chilled-out ambience at the Garage Bar. The Cordis Hotel’s open terrace – kitted out with two vintage Citroën vans, sofas and beanbags – has been transformed into one of Mong Kok’s coolest hangout destinations, serving Asian-Western fusion fare and a long list of craft brews on tap. With plenty of space to stand and mingle or to while the evening away from the comfort of a beanbag, the Garage Bar is the perfect spot for al fresco drinks after a busy day of sightseeing.

Lion Rock

Bar, Cocktails, Wine, Beer

With its effortlessly chic interior and innovative cocktails, Lion Rock is one of Mong Kok’s more sophisticated venues. Spend the evening lounging on one of the plush couches while admiring the harbour view and sipping on wine, champagne or a signature cocktail set against a backdrop of laid-back house music provided by the bar’s renowned DJs. If you find yourself in the area a little earlier in the day, look out for their tempting happy hour offers, or pop in for an elegant afternoon tea.

The Madhouse Taproom

Bar, Beer, $$$

Enjoy a casual atmosphere and an extensive list of craft beers and ciders at the Madhouse Taproom. With over 20 draught taps and an impressive bottle selection, this relaxed bar has something to satisfy every craving. The decor is industrial and minimal with plenty of seating – perfect for a party. Beer connoisseurs will love chatting to the bar staff, who are passionate and knowledgeable about the different brews on offer. For a quintessentially Hong Kong bar snack, pair your beer with their positively addictive Evil Spam Fries, a house speciality.

Alibi - Wine Dine Be Social

Bar, Restaurant, Cocktails, Beer, Wine, Tapas, $$$

A stylish bar and lounge that channels an urban vibe, Alibi is located at the heart of Mong Kok. Set within the Cordis Hotel, Alibi brings together good wine, creative 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 both European and Asian cuisines. Keep an eye out for their exclusive wine tasting sessions, and head to the restaurant after drinks for an innovative menu of modern tapas.

TAP: The Ale Project, Kowloon

Bar, Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
A neighbourhood favourite that will have you feeling like a local, Tap is where you head for a good dose of comfort food and some of the best craft beer in Hong Kong. Their menu incorporates a great mix of local and international brews, and their taps shift brews every few months so there’s always something new to try. At this unpretentious and welcoming spot, the owners and staff work to make everyone feel at home as soon as they walk in the door.

Lab Eat Restaurant and Bar

Bar, Restaurant, Steakhouse, Cocktails

Tourists and locals alike head to Lab Eat Restaurant & Bar for the spacious open terrace and refreshing cocktails. A hidden oasis at the centre of Mong Kok, this relaxed venue is a popular spot for admiring the city lights and the night stars while enjoying the affordable menu of Western dishes – Australian Wagyu steak and slow-cooked ribs are just two of the delicious options on offer. Come here to relax and refuel after an afternoon exploring Mong Kok’s markets.


Bar, Beer, $$$

You’ll find plenty of energy and great craft beers at this tiny, yet lively bar. This intimate, open-front venue encourages patrons to hang out on its front step and enjoy the buzz of the streets of Mong Kok. Sip on a beer from their impressive international collection or, if you’re feeling hungry, don’t miss out on the indulgent fondue selection, featuring flavours such as fermented bean curd – ideal for the more adventurous diner.

This article is an updated version of a story created by Katherine Lee Yik Mei.

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