The hottest happy hour deals in Hong Kong
The bustling city is home to countless cool bars offering drinks specials that won't break the bank. Here is an insider's guide to where (and when) to go.
- April 2019
The neon-signed, skyscraper-filled areas of Central, Wan Chai and Sheung Wan in Hong Kong are crammed with hidden speak-easies, Italian-style aperitivo bars and rooftop drinking dens that burst with life every night of the week. The trick is to hit the right one for the time of your life.
Can we still call it a “happy hour” if it lasts for 11 hours a day? Semantics aside, Pinot Duck’s drinks offering is straightforwardly generous, running from 11.30am to 10.30pm all day, every day. This means no more rushing back to the city by 5pm or starting a date when the sun is still dangerously high in the sky. Instead, this Wan Chai bar and restaurant serves two-for-one beers, cocktails and glasses of wine until just before bedtime. If you’re feeling peckish, their duck-focused menu is ideal to stave off any hunger.
This is the place where two of our great loves collide: happy hour drinks and delicious charcuterie. Head to this Elgin Street haunt in the heart of Soho, where you get free-flowing drinks and all-you-can-eat antipasti from 5-7pm on weekdays for just AUD $33. Find a seat on the terrace and watch the crowds flock to Lan Kwai Fong.
Sheung Wan is known for its sophisticated drinking dens and you’ll find a special one on Pound Lane. The lane is lovely – all pale pink walls and vintage clothes boutiques – and on the corner sits Pinot Duck’s Mrs Pound, a bar selling cocktails for AUD $10 from 5-8pm, Monday to Friday. Be warned, Mrs Pound can be easy to miss – its authentic looking stamp shop front blends in seamlessly with nearby boutiques and the entrance is only revealed after a secret switch is activated. We say, James Bond surroundings at Mr Bean prices.
Cé La Vi
Sometimes Hong Kong’s nightlife takes things up a level. In a city that is infinitely more beautiful from above, Cé La Vi’s top floor setting and vertigo-inducing balcony should come with devastating prices attached – but for couples and groups in even numbers, help is at hand. From 3-9pm every day, selected beers, wines, spirits and cocktails are two-for-one for the entire hangover-inducing six hours, taking prices down to a very manageable AUD $7 each.
Lily & Bloom
Lan Kwai Fong is Hong Kong’s legendary nightlife zone that lures in unsuspecting visitors and only spits them out at dawn. For a grown-up version of the spectacle, try Lily & Bloom, a glossy bar where beers and wines are AUD $7 and classic cocktails are AUD $14 from 5-8pm on weekdays and 6-8pm on Saturdays. Don’t miss the cigar room, which comes with an old-fashioned service-hatch delivery.
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge
Too distracted by jade markets, dim sum eateries and picturesque trams to make it out to the South China Sea? Fear not, as this cocktail spot (often described as the best bar in Hong Kong) has enough beachiness to see you through the trip. From Monday to Friday, 4-7pm, beers are AUD $6 and wine and prosecco start at AUD $10. Sip your delightfully affordable drink in Honi Honi’s bamboo courtyard under the jungle-like canopy of potted plants. Feeling sweaty? Happily, and a bit bizarrely, there’s a built-in shower hose to cool off on Hong Kong’s hot summer nights.
Blue Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
Bear with us, because this is happy hour with a twist. Eating and drinking at the harbour-front Four Seasons Hotel usually requires a wad of cash. But at the Blue Bar, one (yes, rather expensive) drink will also buy you a feast. From 5-6pm, order any drink and you'll get plates of Peking duck wraps, creamy burratina and Alaskan king crab salad with piles of crusty bread. Makes that AUD $26 glass of wine suddenly seem like good value, right?