Once a colony of the British Empire, Hong Kong has advanced aggressively and has transformed into an adored tourist destination, widely known for its magnificent sights. The cosmopolitan city’s prospects with regards to nightlife are also quite promising with many bars and pubs influenced by the UK. Here’s our list of the top ten bars in and around the Wan Chai, Hong Kong, area.
Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Inaugurated in the ’70s, the long established Dickens Bar draws inspiration from the renowned gastropubs that are frequented in the UK. Named after the author, whose classic works such as Oliver Twist and Great Expectations have captivated the minds of many, the bar pays homage to the various trademark trends and phases in which the one constant was always the comforting meals that were relished by all. Marvel at the live sports commentaries in this ideal venue that possesses an energetic spirit and welcoming atmosphere in which to appreciate a generous selection of bottled beers, ciders and wines along with a diverse menu that boasts a famous curry buffet. Unwind in this iconic bar that is both quirky and avant-garde.
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu 12:00 – 1:00/ Fri – Sat 12:00 – 2:00
Watch out for: Curry buffet
Address & Telephone Number: UG, The Excelsior Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road,Hong Kong, China, +852 2837 6782
Those craving a caffeine fix can pay a visit to Expresso, a sleek and modern coffee bar serving freshly brewed premium Italian pours accompanied by a choice of delicious light bites. You are spoilt for choice with over 15 varieties of traditional coffees to choose from. They offer creamy, rich caffe lattes to strong, smooth Americanos along with foamy cappuccinos. Sample signature, savory egg tarts from Macau (courtesy of Lord Stow) together with a delectable assortment of gourmet sandwiches, crispy salads and flaky, homemade pastries. Artfully crafted with the most flavorful ingredients, purchase a much loved unique Roselle-Fig jam, infused with textured figs and a healthy dose of citrus.
Opening Hours: 7am – 7pm (Mon – Fri) /8am – 7pm (Sat) /8am – 6pm (Sun)
Watch out for: Roselle-fig jam
Address & Telephone Number: UG, The Excelsior Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road,Hong Kong, China, +852 2837 6777
ToTT's and Roof Terrace
Restaurant, Seafood, Tapas
ToTT’s and Roof Terrace
Featuring remarkable views of Victoria Harbor, the ToTT’s and Roof Terrace comprises of indoor and outdoor sophisticated, wining and dining. Showcasing an impressive menu coupled with a contemporary bar, embrace the elegance and charm this place exudes. Employing, seasonal produce, together with exquisite ingredients, the specialist chefs bring you an eclectic spread, brimming with international flair. De-stress and alleviate your worries by sipping a soothing cocktail and indulge in a bountiful buffet.
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12 – 2:30pm (Mon – Fri)/Bar: 5/6pm on Mon-Sat/Sun
Watch out for: Seafood platter
Address & Telephone Number: UG, The Excelsior Hong Kong, 281 Gloucester Road,Hong Kong, China, +852 2837 6786
Ribs and Fries ©jeffreyw
Bar, Pub Grub, American, $$$
Situated at the Charterhouse Causeway Bay Hotel, Champs bar, holds quite the reputation for uniting sports enthusiasts and providing adored fast food favorites that have been reinvented to contain a zesty tang. A funky and hip sports bar, bursting with thrilling features including the latest football, rugby and Formula One games being broadcast live on flat screens and a classic array of beers; chug down a satisfying pint and network with fans of leading English football clubs, such as Anfield’s 12th Liverpool Supporters Club. Devour the ultimate finger-foods ranging from succulent spare ribs, buffalo wings to a British classic, fish and chips at Champs, a sports-lover’s paradise.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12pm-12am
Watch out for: Barbecue style baby back ribs
Address & Telephone Number: 209 – 219 Wanchai Road, Hong Kong, +852 2892 3386
Bar, Pub Grub, Chinese, $$$
Booming with live entertainment, amusing karaoke stations and indoor sports facilities, Trafalgar Bar has a tight-knit community to join, nestled within the streets of Wan-Chai. As well as catching your favorite sport game on their 120″ outdoor projectors you can make the most of the advancements in technology and watch it in incredible 3D. Ignite your competitive spirit and try your hand at pool, let out your inner frustrations using the dart machine, and participate in nostalgic arcade games while enjoying chilled, refreshing beers. With a karaoke system packed with Chinese, English and Japanese songs, have a blast mimicking your pop idols and let loose at Trafalgar.
Opening Hours: Sun – Sat 11:00 – 3:00
Watch out for: Karaoke
Address & Telephone Number: 5/F, 54-62 Lockhart Road, The Broadway, Wanchai, Hong Kong, China, +852 2110 1535
Coyote Bar & Grill
Bar, Pub Grub, $$$
Coyote Bar & Grill
Embark on a discovery of the wonders that make up the breathtaking land of Mexico. Buzzing with euphoria, friendly staff, and authentic Tex-Mex food, the Coyote Bar & Grill is one of the most frequented venues in Wanchai. Established over ten years ago and hosts a vast collection of premium tequila and margaritas with over 75 choices of brands. With a spacious setting of over 3000 square feet (two levels) and its colorful décor, Coyote Bar & Grill is the perfect party venue for social butterflies to unite and unwind while munching on piquant salsas and sizzling meats. With alluring Day of the Dead decor gracing the walls, take in the intricate sugar skulls coupled with the vibrant atmosphere and awaken your wild side at the Coyote.
Opening Hours: Sun – Sat 11:00 – 2:00
Watch out for: Potent margarita mixes
Address & Telephone Number: 114-120 lockhart road, Hong Kong, China, +852 2861 2221
Coyote Bar in Hongkong ©Max-Leonhard von Schaper
Tikitiki Bowling Bar
Bar, Restaurant, Chinese, Fusion, Pub Grub
Tikitiki Bowling Bar
Taking multitasking to the next level, the Tikitiki bowling bar provides an outlet for gregarious athletes to thrive in the company of irresistible food and drinks along with great friends and family. Everyone can meet, touch and taste and participate in a good old fashioned bowling session. As an infant concept, this bar is sure to attract many curious minds looking to broaden their horizons and dabble in something new. Influenced by the graceful heritage and mythology of Polynesia, the ambiance is casual and cultured while each service area possesses its own design and identity. Explore the bowling lanes filled with fun and rambunctious personalities, a live music lounge, the fully stocked bars, restaurant and outdoor dining areas.
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 15:00 – 0:00/ Sat – Sun 10:00 – 0:00
Watch out for: Bowling alley
Address & Telephone Number: 4/F, Centro, No.1A Chui Tong Road, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, China, +852 2657 8488
M5 Wagyu Tomahawk Rib-Eye / Courtesy of Tikitiki Bowling Bar M5 Wagyu Tomahawk Rib-Eye / Courtesy of Tikitiki Bowling Bar | Courtesy of Tikitiki Bowling Bar
The Canny Man
Bar, Pub, Chinese, $$$
The Canny Man
Regarded as the sole, authentic Scottish bar in Hong Kong, The Canny Man welcomes guests with its traditional fare that includes heaping platters of haggis, neeps & tatties, rich steak and ale pie along with lamb stovies and Scotch pie. Located in the basement of the Wharney Guang Dong Hotel, The Canny Man will lure you will with its contagious cheery spirit and disposition that will put you in a jolly mood. In addition, the bar boasts a large collection of over 100 malts and 28 artisan beers that will pair perfectly with the artfully crafted delights that are bespoke and staple dishes. Nurturing a wholesome spirit, the Canny Man is a home away from home and will treat you like family.
Opening Hours: Sun 12:00 – 0:00/ Mon – Thu 12:00 – 2:00/ Fri – Sat 12:00 – 3:00
Watch out for: Traditional scotch pie
Address & Telephone Number: 57-73 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong 0,China, +852 2861 1935
Wine ©Ralf Smallkaa
Bar, Restaurant, Italian
Pirata upholds the authenticity of its produce by adhering to a simple but crucial mantra: simple recipes, together with fine wines, make for a match made in heaven. Pirata takes pride in being true to the Italian philosophy of food while accommodating a sophisticated aura that emanates throughout the restaurant with ornate and incandescent lighting dotting the ceiling with the cool and chic furnishings. With an expansive bar that offers a plethora of various, strong liquors, Pirata possesses a personal and informal service style that is sure to resonate with their guests. The passion they have acquired is translated into their beverages and food.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday/Lunch: 12pm – 2:30pm/ Aperitivo: 5pm – 7pm/ Dinner: 6:30pm – 11pm
Watch out for: Drinks from around the world
Address & Telephone Number: 30/F, No. 239 Hennessy Road | Wan Chai, Hong KongWan Chai, China, +852 2887 0270
Bar, Tapas, $$$
The trendy and acclaimed tapas bar, 22 Ships has rapidly evolved into one of Hong Kong’s busiest establishments since opening in October 2012. They deliver a true taste of Spain through an eclectic menu of modern tapas, served in an exuberant setting, and also provide a thirst quenching and dynamic list of spirits and beers, sourced from Spain and Portugal. Merging the most pungent of flavors with roots to both Europe and Asia, the Michelin star chefs of 22 Ships present their unique take on recipes that have been passed down the generations and greatly cherished. The bar enables guests to view the live kitchen and is also decorated with white tile tenements that give the place a clean and contemporary vibe.
Opening Hours: Sun 12:00 – 14:30/18:00 – 22:00/Mon – Sat 12:00 – 15:00/18:00 – 23:00
Watch out for: Live kitchen
Address & Telephone Number: No.22 Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, China, +852 2555 0722
By Lavanya Nair