The bars in Hong Kong’s Soho
are diverse and bustling, be it a chic bar spot located on a corner or spacious pub spreading over two floors on the steep path. As an alternative to Lan Kwai Fong, Soho has myriad of high-quality bars serving a variety of beverages and palatable light refreshments. Whether you fancy a premium cocktail or a bottle of German beer, the following bars are sure to please.
Inspired by American and French furnishings, Varga Lounge, located on mid-level Soho, is a perfect spot for cocktails and beers. Cozying up on a chaise lounge and the antique-style tables, enjoy the high-quality beverages served here. While indulging in a glass of white wine, admire the art pieces in a romantic yet cozy atmosphere. If you wish to meet with friends in a private area, the venue’s supreme private room upstairs, which can hold up to 20 people, is an ideal choice.
Shop D, G/F, 36 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, HK, +852 21049697
Wagyu Lounge offers a spacious dining environment decorated with rustic woods, dim lighting, and black furnishings. The venue serves a rich variety of beverages, along with delectable Western cuisine of premium-quality. Its starters are the embodiment of East meets West, ranging from Vietnamese crab rolls, Italian parma ham, and Japanese tempura to Mexican tortilla. The executive chef, Oscar Coustodio, is renowned for his Australian dishes, including pan-fried seabass in lemon butter sauce.
LG/F, Hollywood Commercial House, 3-5 Old Bailey Street, Central, HK, +852 25221438
Bar, Wine Bar, Italian, none
As an Italian coffee bar, Stazione Novella features distinctive coffee and cocktails. Its signature drink is the double shot espresso that’s blended with Sambuca ouzo. If you’re not fond of coffee, you might prefer an aperitif Mimosa, which is a mixture of fresh orange juice and Italian sparkling wine prosecco. The menu here is also worth a try, with flavorful paninis and sandwiches coupled with crispy bruschetta.
52-56 Staunton Street, Central, HK, +852 25590559
Taking the inspiration from the sunshine and starry skies of South California, Vida Loca is one of the most popular bars in Soho. Boasting its wide selection of Portuguese Super Bock beers, Vida Loca is furnished with extravagant golden mini pendant designs and classy reddish woods. While its signature southern California cocktails are a favorite with diners, its appetizing and tasty starters embody the traditional flavor of Peru.
G/F, 39 Peel Street, Central, HK
Peak Café Bar
Situated right beside the pedestrian path that connects to the Peak, one of Hong Kong’s best viewpoints, Peak Café Bar specializes in international dishes. Comprised of the rectangular-shape bar and an outdoor courtyard, Peak Café provides both indoor and outdoor dining areas. Made with lemon, flavedo, cinnamon, and clove, the must-try mulled wine available at Peak Café Bar is a traditional red wine that keeps you warm on winter days.
G/F, 9-13 Shelley Street, Soho, Central, HK, +852 21406877
Featuring tantalizing dishes, Oolaa is located on a quaint yet tranquil street. The floor-to-ceiling windows make up the façade of Oolaa. You’ll find plentiful varieties of French and Italian cuisines on its menu. The bar area features classy and elegant furnishings, where you can listen to romantic songs and enjoy a cocktail with friends.
G/F, Center Stage, Bridges Street, Soho, Sheung Wan, HK, +852 28032083
Gastropub, Japanese, none
Stretching over two floors, Three Monkeys is a stylish Japanese gastropub which features innovative Japanese cocktails. Whiskey is blended with grapefruit juice and fresh mint leaves, while vodka is mixed with green apple liqueur and shichimi, that gives you a refreshing yet delectable touch. The canapés at the Three Monkeys will impress you with their creative cookery. Try out the foie gras tofu toast, consisting of Japanese tofu and French goose livers, served with a ginger-flavored syrup.
G/F, 151-155 Hollywood Road SOHO,Sheung Wan, HK, +852 31517771
Life Café Restaurant and Bar
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Healthy, $$$
Life Café Restaurant and Bar
Established over 10 years ago, Life Café Restaurant and Bar takes pride in its vegetarian menus. House on two floors on Shelley Street, the lower floor sells organic food while the upper floor embodies the romance of southern California. Displaying a number of photographs featuring children from less developed regions, and playing melodies in Latin and African styles, the second floor centers on children to convey the message that happiness does not originate from materialism. Enjoy a leisure night at Life while sipping cocktails.
G/F-2/F, 10 Shelley Street, Soho, Central, HK, +852 28109777
Tapeo: Bar De Tapas y Vino
Featuring a Spanish menu, Tapeo: Bar De Tapas y Vino is a cozy tapas bar offering a gorgeous selection of delicacies. In its open-kitchen that gives no boundary between chefs and guests, diners are able to watch how the exotic ingredients are combined. The classics include the Spanish omelette mixed with potatoes and onions. To savour seafood, try out the tapas grilled sardine topped with Romesco sauce, which blends tomato, pepper, garlic, onions, and almond. With stools piling up alone the bar counter, Tapeo is an ideal spot for you to chill with friends while savouring the churros with chocolate.
19 Hollywood Road, SOHO, Central, HK, +852 31711989
Sahara Mezz Bar
Bar, Restaurant, Middle Eastern, none
Sahara Mezz Bar
Featuring Middle East cuisine, Sahara Mezz Bar is a popular spot for shisha and fine dining. Moroccan specialties are served in Sahara, and you can expect to find assorted choices of tagines and couscous dishes. With a two-story dining space, the ground floor is usually packed with guests, while the second floor features a secret Arabic social lounge decorated with cushions and mats that allow you to enjoy your evening in a more secluded atmosphere.
G/F, 11 Elgin Street, SOHO, Central, HK, +852 22916060