A Rouge Guide to Hong Kong – Bars

Mimi ON Sep 30, 2010 AT 2:56 pm

Sugar at The East Hotel

Sugar at The East Hotel

Drinking seems to be common place in Hong Kong (within the ex-pat community at least!)… although who can blame them? The city definitely plays as hard as it works! Here are my pick of the best bars in town.

The best for Cocktails?

If you have a penchant for cocktails you can’t not visit Sugar, a new bar situated above The East Hotel in Tai Koo SHing.

This bar not only has an incredible cocktail menu (I’d definitely recommend the Expresso Martini) but, on a clear night, its 32nd floor balcony offers some of the best views of Kowloon in Hong Kong. The cocktails are not cheap (around $100 a pop) but it’s worth it just for the view… and toilet’s views are pretty impressive too!


Aqua Spirit

Aqua Spirit

Another swanky bar for you Cocktail lovers can be found by taking the Star Ferry over to Kowloon and heading to the Aqua Spirit Bar (the same group that has similar premises in London on Argyll Street, Oxford Circus).

Typically the cocktails are fab and there’s a restaurant downstairs, however the view is slightly hampered by the glass windows and lack of outside space. Although this is understandable when you consider the shape of the One Peking Road building and the fact it’s on the 30th floor!


If that’s a little pricey, or just too far out from Central, then why not down-grade slightly and head to the Mexican bar, Agave in Lan Kwai Fong for some rather tasty frozen Margaritas (Mango or Passion Fruit… I’m not fussy).

33 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong +852 2521 2010

Captains Bar at The Mandarin Oriental

Captains Bar at The Mandarin Oriental

The best for a little luxury?

Not the most extravagant bar but probably situated in the most extravagant location, the Captain’s Bar on the ground floor of the Mandarin Oriental hotel is the epitome of old-school luxury. Frequented by powerful and international business men and women, the Captain’s bar is clearly a place to network. However if you just fancy a bit of indulgence, head down to the Mandarin Oriental and pretend you’re a CEO for a few hours. Plus, they do great table snacks which always helps when people watching. 

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