Dickens Bar, located at the lower ground floor of The Excelsior hotel, is a popular British bar and a long-time favorite in Hong Kong. Named after the famous English novelist Charles Dickens, Dickens Bar promises new standards of British flair.
Serving a menu of great British cuisine, Dickens Bar presents comfort food with style. Only the finest seasonal ingredients are used to create a range of hearty British food with a twist on tasty classics, including the return of the famous Indian curry lunch buffet. In addition, the extensive beverage list includes more than 80 different kinds of beer and wine.
Let the revels commence — Photo courtesy of Dickens Bar
Dickens Bar was renovated and re-opened in March 2012. Designed by award-winning Hirsch Bedner Associates, the all-new Dickens Bar features cozy dark brown panels complemented with leather chairs in copper and brown hues. Wooden floors, large blackboards, communal tables and an intimate collection of old Hong Kong black and white photos add to the allure of the bar.
In addition, seven TV screens showing exciting live sports broadcasts bring the venue back to become Hong Kong’s favorite gathering place. On the upper level, there is a semi-private carpeted room perfect for intimate gathering for up to 16 guests.
Dickens Bar continues to be an ever popular hang-out for hotel guests and locals, too. While there is a superb range of beers, wines and spirits, it's the traditional Brit dishes that keep regulars coming back. Top of the menu is the Dickens Bar Burger, with bacon, cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, pickles and a side of chips.
Guinness steak and kidney pie is another firm favorite, as is IPA battered fish and chips with mushy peas and tartar sauce. Naturally, Brit fare includes Indian vegetable curry with basmati rice and naan bread. And whatever the time of day, it's never too late or early for an all-day breakfast in a pan: pork and leek sausage, pork rib, bacon, fried egg, beans, mushrooms, roasted tomato, black pudding, spiced potatoes and toasted ciabatta.
Dickens Bar is most popular when some sort of international sporting event is taking place, and particularly so when the Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament is staged in March. Expect every table to be filled from opening time until last orders.
The clientele is generally expat, hearty, not overly quiet and sports-oriented rather than a great fan of classic 19th-century literature. For tourists, the bar is handy for the Noon Day Gun, which is just across the road.