Best Hong Kong Nightlife: 10 of the Hottest Bars and Clubs

Work hard, play hard – then do it all over again the following day. Nightlife in Hong Kong is conducted at much the same pace as people work during the day. After all, there's no point in earning all that money from nine to five if you don't go and spend some of it later.

Where to start? Hong Kong is lucky as many of its top nightlife zones are right next to each other. Lan Kwai Fong in Central is adjacent to SoHo, and from there it's only a few steps to NoHo, and then on to Tai Ping Shan, which is rapidly developing a name for itself as the trendiest after hours hang out.

But Hong Kong nightlife is not all drinking, dancing, and more drinking. Stop by the Fringe Club for a dose of the arts, or head to Happy Valley between September and June for an evening of horse racing, which is still one of Hong Kong's most thrilling entertainments.

Best of all, Hong Kong – by and large – is a very safe city, with little street crime or gratuitous violence, although of course it pays to be sensible at all times and not take any unnecessary risks.

Club 71
Photo courtesy of Club 71

Club 71 is something of an institution. Its predecessor, Club 64 in Lan Kwai Fong, was the nexus of "alternative" culture in HK, but it closed when rents got ridiculously high. Rather than giving up entirely, the owners opened a new place in a...  Read More

121 BC
Photo courtesy of 121BC

First of all – enjoy the location. 121 could only be in Hong Kong. It's on a steep street that's dotted with traditional shops and just down the road from an incense-swathed shrine, yet well within the trendy entertainment zone that is SoHo....  Read More

Happy Valley Racecourse
Photo courtesy of Hong Kong Tourism Board

Surrounded by a curtain of high rises, this downtown racecourse is one of the greatest stadiums on earth to enjoy a sweaty, noisy and adrenaline-pumping horse race at night. Dating back to 1844, the 55,000-seat racecourse is one of the earliest...  Read More

The China Bear
Photo courtesy of China Bear

The China Bear's the best pub on Lantau. There again, it's almost the only pub on Lantau outside the expat enclave of Discovery Bay. Such quibbling is beside the point, for the Bear – right next to the ferry pier with a view that stretches all...  Read More

Fringe Club
Photo courtesy of HKTB

Upscale avant-garde entertainment is the focus at the Fringe Club. The club's award-winning renovations of a former dairy warehouse have left it with two theaters, two art galleries, a photography gallery, rehearsal space and studios, a fine...  Read More

McSorley's Ale House
Photo courtesy of McSorley's Ale House

Inspired by the McSorley's Ale House in New York City, but with a much better variety of beer. It's a traditional Irish Victorian style pub, with lots of wood, and on fine weather days the doors and windows open onto the street. If you want a...  Read More


Hong Kong was ruled by Great Britain for over a hundred years, and the influences of Chinese and European cultures can be seen all over the city in nearly every facet of life. There's no better place to taste the mix of these two worlds than at...  Read More

Tazmania Ballroom
Photo courtesy of Tazmania Ballroom

Tazmania Ballroom is a dance club, for sure, but added to that is a lounge and – gasp – games. Twice a week, thanks to some ingenious hi-tech design, the billiards tables are hoisted out of the way to make room for ping pong tables....  Read More

Ned Kelly's Last Stand

A traditional jazz band takes the stage nightly at Ned Kelly's, which also offers a lively ambiance and a good selection of classic pub food. The club has happy hour specials and an Australian menu that showcases culinary favorites like meat pie...  Read More

Feather Boa
Photo courtesy of Feather Boa

Some of Hong Kong's coolest hangouts aren't easy to identify from the outside, and Feather Boa is a good example. There's no sign, so you'll have to look carefully. Once past the curtained doors, you'll find an eclectic space furnished with the...  Read More


Meet Ed Peters

Ed Peters has been based in Asia for most of his adult life, and counts Hong Kong as his second home. While he lives in a farming village on one of the outlying islands, getting to the city center...  More About Ed

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