SoHo, Hong Kong’s strip of buzzing bars and restaurants, has everything from speakeasy whiskies and innovative cocktails to casual beers and sophisticated wines. Here’s our list of the best spots to enjoy a drink or two in SoHo, Hong Kong.
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If you’re craving creative cocktails, head to Little L.A.B. for a taste of some East-meets-West concoctions. The small, inviting space features a long bar that is the ideal vantage point for watching a talented bartender create your drink of choice. Bar snacks include the sweet-and-salty Coca Cola-marinated chicken wings and the addictive, hand-cut sweet-potato fries.
Located along SoHo’s escalators, this well-loved establishment is a prime people-watching spot. The drinks list is basic, but the long happy hours each day more than make up for that. Grab one of the coveted street-facing seats to enjoy a true Hong Kong experience, or nip out to the garden courtyard.
The Old Man takes inspiration from the life and works of Ernest Hemingway | Courtesy of The Forks and Spoons
An ode to Hemingway, The Old Man embodies everything the writer loved and enjoyed. The sophisticated space is inspired by Hemingway’s favourite bars across the world, with ornate decor, tropical touches and a moody, gold-adorned bar. Cocktails are named after the writer’s great novels and intricately made with premium spirits.
Named after its own address, this seafood restaurant and bar is all gritty-and-sleazy industrial chic, with concrete walls and neon signage. The beer menu features 12 independent Hong Kong breweries, including Kowloon Bay Brewery, Moonzen, Mak’s Brewery and Lion Rock Brewery. Pair your pint with tasty bar snacks including prawn and Iberico prawn wontons, deep-fried prawns, seared scallops and more.
Complete with retro 1980s vibes, a working jukebox and an all-female staff, The Pontiac definitely has a touch of the Coyote Ugly about it. Expect strong cocktails, plenty of shots and loud music. Bring friends for a raucous night out.
A SoHo institution that’s busy at all times of the day. The large round bar and open first floor make it ideal for people-watching and a firm favourite with those looking to continue the fun after a boozy weekend brunch. The menu features an extensive list of wines, while service is always fast and friendly.
Another favourite in the craft-beer scene, this minimal, unassuming bar is a great place for a casual drink. Set slightly away from the SoHo crowds and busy escalators, the small space offers an impressive list of craft beers, including brews from all over the world, with 15 on tap and 25 bottled varieties. Don’t miss the juicy burgers and hot dogs, and check out the bar’s Facebook page for regular ‘free flow’ deals.
Inspired by Japanese whisky bars, relaxed Nocturne offers light jazz music, friendly service and a long, impressive list of rare whiskies. It also has a humidity- and temperature-controlled wine cellar that offers discounts on bottles bought to bring home. If you’re not an expert yourself, you can rely on the knowledgeable staff to make recommendations.
Love BBQ? Love beer? Then we have just the place for you. This small, casual bar serves both juicy, succulent meats (try the beef brisket or ‘beer-can chicken’) and abundant veggie options. If you’re not hungry, you can just enjoy a pint or two from the decent selection of local brews – but with the aromas floating around this place, you almost certainly will get hungry.
This article is an updated version of a story created by Wing Tung Isabella Yu.
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These recommendations were updated on March 14, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.