Also known as the World City of Asia, Hong Kong contains within it an eclectic mix of traditional Chinese, colonial British and modern continental influences that come together to form a wondrous whole. Today, Hong Kong is a major tourist destination for people from all over the world, owed to the never-ending list of activities (suited to all needs and budgets) you can indulge in here. The province is replete with contrasting landscapes – from the magnetic Hong Kong skyline that dominates that night sky, to the UNESCO Global Geopark made out of volcanic rock.
Nightlife in Hong Kong is a cosmopolitan affair, with no dearth of options to choose from when it comes to letting your hair down. Whether you are set on a night of dance and decadence, or you wish to simply grab a few beers and watch the match with your friends, the city has you covered. Hong Kong has literally every thing you could possibly look for on a great, truly memorable night out in town. Here is a definitive list of some of the best nightlife joints located in the hottest neighbourhoods in Hong Kong:
One of the pioneer clubs in the Hong Kong nightlife scene, Volar first opened its doors in 2004, and has since cemented its name as one of the hottest nightclubs in town. With state-of-the-art Turbosound sound system blowing through a maze-like layout where you are prone to lose yourself and an installation grid of 100 million real and virtual LED pixels, a night at Volar can be a wild and unforgettable experience. The club is divided into two rooms – the crystal room, which boasts cutting edge acoustics and a centrally placed DJ deck and the nest, which houses the largest interactive lighting configuration in Hong Kong.
Where: Ho Lee Commercial Building, basement 38, 44, D’Aguilar St, Central, Hong Kong
Dragon-i claims to sell the most amount of champagne in all of southeast Asia. What this translates into is that the place is home for the most chic and opulent parties in town. Dragon-i is the destination of choice for most celebrities that end up spending the night in Hong Kong, and its no wonder. The club which doubles up as a gourmet restaurant is known all over the world for its stunning decor, groundbreaking audio visual system and a VIP class service. Since its beginning in 2002, the club with its eclectic oriental influences stakes claim to be on par with the hottest nightclubs in London and New York.
Where: The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong.
Inn Side Out
Inn Side Out has consistently been one of the most popular sports bars in Hong Kong for the past fifteen years. Featuring both indoor and outdoor areas, overlooking the beautiful golf driving range of the South China Athletic Association, Inn Side Out is famous for all things close to a true sports fan’s heart – a wide selection of bottled and tap beers, some of the best ribs and burgers in town and an incredible AV system that broadcasts some of the best sporting events live. If you’re in town in the next few weeks, this is the spot to catch all your football world cup matches.
Where: 88 Caroline Hill Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Everybody knows that there is no place to watch football like a British pub. Trafalgar brings a slice of exactly that into the city of Hong Kong. Trafalgar swears by the most traditional aspect of a true British pub – plenty of quality ale, free flowing pub grub, and an atmosphere that makes you feel like you are in the football stadium itself. Catch your favourite world cup matchups at one of the eight 3D TVs indoors or the two 120 degree projectors outdoors at the Trafalgar.
Where: 54-62 Lockhart Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Second Draft is a collaborative partnership of two stalwarts in their respective fields – the Young Masters brewery, a highly acclaimed craft beer manufacturer and gourmet chef May Chow. The result is an incredible fusion of flavours when it comes to both beer and food. The bar houses a vast selection of in-house and international varieties of beer, apart from the inventive beer cocktails that are a part of the menu. The food on the other hand is inspired by local and oriental flavours with stellar dishes like mapo burrata and inked croquettes filled with dry oysters. It is an unmissable place for beer and food lovers alike.
Where: 98 Tung Lo Wan Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
The Globe boasts of having the largest variety of beer on its shelf in all of Hong Kong. This British inspired gastropub is a haven for beer lovers precisely because of their role in developing and fostering the craft beer scene in Hong Kong. As they themselves admit, their beer menu can at times be a bit daunting, which is why they conduct beer tasting tutorials to get you acquainted with the nuances of what makes a great beer.
Where: Hong Kong Central, Graham St, 45-53A號40- Garley Building
Hidden Agenda is one of the pioneer venues for the underground music scene in Hong Kong. Since its inception in 2009, it had to move its location twice due to violation of permitted land uses – a mark of a true underground location. What began as a rehearsal space for a local band soon became a meeting space for the indie bands in Hong Kong and then grew into one of the most legendary live music venues in town. Everybody from Devendra Banhart, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Drowning Pools have performed here. The space also doubles up as a contemporary art venue.
Where: Ocean One, 6 Shung Shun St, Yau Tong, Hong Kong
Peel Fresco is the premiere venue to perform when it comes to jazz in Hong Kong. This energetic space has been witness to some of the wildest gigs from masters of the craft like Allen Youngblood, Sybil Thomas, Eugene Pow and Ted Lo. Open seven days a week, Peel Fresco has the perfect energy if you are passionate about jazz.
Where: 49 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong
With so many options to choose from, it can be daunting to decide how to spend your nights in Hong Kong.
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