Beers Vs Cocktails: The Best Picks in Hong Kong

Beer in Hong Kong

By Lauren Codling

From the fanciest cocktails to the best of brewed beer, there are a countless amount of venues in this fun-filled city that can cater to your every need. Here’s a quick guide to the some of the best cocktails and beer in Hong Kong from the island to Kowlown.

Cocktails:

Soirée
19 Elgin St, Central
Have a sweet tooth? No fear, your craving will be satisfied by the fruit daiquiris served at Soirée. Served with a rim of powdered chocolate, the frozen beverages are perfect for date nights in this chic venue.
We recommend: Duh! The strawberry daiquiri with a hint of rose is the gift that keeps giving.

Limewood
Limewood Shop 103/104 The Pulse, 28 Beach Rd, Repulse Bay
A great spot to hang out with friends, Limewood has a breezy, relaxed vibe that will definitely get you in the holiday mood. Located on the beachfront, this is definitely one of the more Instagrammable places to go for a cocktail.
We recommend: Charred Coconut Pina Colada is a fresh twist on an old classic. One for those summer nights, for sure!

Bao Bei
B1/F, 75-77 Wyndham Street, Central
Known for infusing classic spirits and Asian ingredients, Bao Bei has a fun creative side that is sure to inject some fun into your evening.
We recommend: Typhoon No.10. We pick this for the name alone, though the combination of honey, orange juice and Tanqueray gin is pretty good too.

Stockton
32 Wyndham St, Central
Dark, intimate lighting, old-school vintage interior and trick mirrors are all part of the fun in this secret bar, filled to the brim with sophisticated cocktails.
We recommend: Ribston Apple is a sharp mixture of cinnamon, apple cider and spiced rum designed to give your taste buds a bit of class in the evening.

Beers:

The Ale Project
15 Hak Po St, Mong Kok
Mostly filled with local brews, this is an ace venue that has a great crowd. An excellent way to support the local breweries too, we would definitely try to tick this place off the list.
We recommend: Celebration Ale is perfect for a festive feel – the teasing taste of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg is an amazing place to start if you want to try out a HK beer.

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand
11A Ashley Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
One of Hong Kong’s oldest pubs, Ned Kelly’s is the place to go if you’re looking for a fun spot with plenty of live music to satisfy your musical cravings. Not so much of a focus on craft beer, but we promise it has one of the best pub vibes in Hong Kong.
We recommend: Anything you fancy – Ned Kelly’s makes sure all your favorites are on tap, so go crazy!

Biergarten
No.5 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Say gutentag to an early night and hallo to Biergarten, a German inspired pub for the beer lovers of Hong Kong. The German themed food is a treat for the tummy too, so definitely make time for a plate of pure Deutsche goodness.
We recommend: Always gotta love the classic Bitburger!

The Bottle Shop
GF, 114 Man Nin Street, Sai Kung
You could be completely overwhelmed by the choices of craft beer to choose from, but no worries – this place has an easy vibe and you’re sure to enjoy picking and choosing from a range of beverages from all over the world.
We recommend: There is literally SO MUCH to choose from but we are going to go for Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer, native from the UK. Our absolute fave!

Another great recommendation is Moonzen & All That Junk presents Live Rock Music where there’ll be cold draft beer and hot live rock!

New to Hong Kong: Where to Go in Central/Sheung

New to Hong Kong: Where to Go in Central/Sheung

 

By Lauren Codling

If you are new to Hong Kong, you might feel like you’re stuck on one big ever-spinning wheel. We know it can be very hard to know which way to turn and where to stop to get your breath back, so we have list of staple hot spots in Central and Sheung Wan, two of the best beginner neighborhoods. 

Take a sprinkle of Central and a tablespoon of Sheung Wan, mix it together and what do you get? A combination of hipsters, graffiti and some ace opportunities to dine and drink in style.

We take a look at some of the best places to hang out in one of our favorite districts.

1. 208 Duecento Otto (208 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan)
From its super amazing lunch buffet (all you can eat cheese boards!) to its intricate illustrated interior, 208 will make you feel like you’ve stepped into an Instagram post. Get your filters at the ready.

2. Brickhouse (20 D’Aguilar Street)
Hidden up a darkened side alley, not far from the bright lights of LKF, Brickhouse is ace for a cheeky tequila shot after a hard day at the office.

3. The Globe (Garley Building, 45-53A Graham St, Central)
We dare you to try their gravy and not weep with pure joy. A great place for a Sunday catch-up after a crazy LKF induced weekend.

4. The Spot Bar (11 Staunton Street, Central)
Primarily marketed as a sports bar, The Spot is also notorious for its strong $35 happy hour house cocktails. Beware: you will get drunk.

5. Salon 10 (10 Arbuthnot Road, Central)
Salon 10 is a chic, chilled out drinks venue that transports you straight onto the set of a Wes Anderson movie. We can’t promise that Steve Zissou will be around, but it’s definitely worth a look.

6. Masala (10 Mercer St, Sheung Wan)
A small Indian restaurant located minutes away from the Sheung Wan MTR, Masala is a great find for its authentic food, great value and large portions. The butter chicken, especially, is to die for!

7. Ivan The Kozak (G/F, 46-48 Cochrane Street, Central)
A Russian/Ukrainian themed restaurant, Ivan the Kozak is a hilarious and unique venue that boasts a variety of Eastern European dishes and some of the finest vodka around. Tip: Visit the ice room. You won’t regret it.

8. Little Beer Room (The Bottle Shop) (15 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan)
A must-see for hardcore beer fans, Little Beer Room has 20 craft beers on rotation that means you can have some fun with experimenting. Combined with some ace food and a team of extremely friendly staff who are always keen for a chat, where can you go wrong?

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