It’s not hard to find a good time in Hong Kong. This Asian mega-city is home to both a thriving expat population and locals who balance their busy careers by partaking in the seemingly endless diversions on offer, from its over 200 Michelin-starred restaurants to a growing art and gallery scene to a surprisingly large number of outdoor opportunities nearby (including beaches like Tai Long Wan and Big Wave Bay). But for most, the buzzing bars and clubs of the Lan Kwai Fong neighborhood are the most enticing option. These few square blocks have the highest concentration of drinking establishments in the city, both new and classic, where you can head for a quiet after-work drink or stay out all night rubbing elbows with the celebrities who come here to let loose.
The rooftop location on the soaring California Tower is the main draw at this slick bar, where partygoers take in Hong Kong’s glittering views and dance to the sounds coming from the celebrity DJ’s who make Ce La Vie a regular stop.
Fu Lu Shou
Another rooftop cocktail lounge, Fu Lu Shou is kitschy and funky, with graffiti-inspired artwork on the walls and whimsical, old school Chinese porcelain figurines placed throughout the space. Order the Typhoon No. 8 (made with rum, ginger and lime) and watch the city’s hipsters party the night away. 852-2336-8812
Opened by Oregonian Beckaly Franks, who previously worked at Portland’s much-loved restaurant Clyde Common in the ACE Hotel, this new bar (opened for just over a year) takes its cues from the classic American dive bar. Hong Kongers come here for the bourbon and mezcal drinks, which are a rarity in the city. 852-2521-3855
In The Pottinger (one of Hong Kong’s favorite boutique hotels), The Envoy is a low key bar with a popular terrace space (for great views), where locals pop in for expertly made cocktails like The Ginseng Hunter, made with ginseng gin, pear juice, black tea syrup and lime juice.
Whiskey is the specialty at this subterranean bar, with varieties from Scotland to Japan, all served in a sleek, low lit space. This is the spot in Hong Kong for whiskey lovers. Tip: be careful not to confuse the Distillery with its sister cafe of the same name in the Sheung Wan neighborhood, which is worth a visit for its lattes and cappuccinos. 852-9787-1011