HK’s Hidden Gems
While always a sucker for sipping on cocktails whilst admiring the ever impressive HK skyline, or people-watching on the bustling streets of Soho, there are times when we crave that little something out of the ordinary. Whether it’s pushing a secret button, sneaking around a curtain or lurking down a dim-lit alley, Hong Kong has plenty of speakeasies to liven up your Friday night. Here are some of HK’s best (or worst) kept secrets…
Behind the disguise of a boutique umbrella store lies one of Hong Kong’s best jazz clubs. Choose the right silver umbrella handle and go back in time with their 1950’s inspired decor and fabulous cocktails.
Sneak behind the red velvet curtain and choose the right (fake) elevator button and you’ll enter into Frank’s Library, a speakeasy within a speakeasy (say no more!)
Location: 18 Ice House Street, Central, +852 2116 8949
Hidden behind the vegetable stalls on Wellington street you’ll find a doorbell and a black door complete with absolutely zero signage of course, so press away and you can only hope it’s the right doorbell. Home to some of the greatest cocktails and possibly the best grilled cheese sandwich!
Location: 97 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2810 6969
I know John
But do you? We do, and we can tell you this classic speakeasy is the place to go for any whiskey lovers!
Location: 9F, 33 Wellington Street, Central, +852 2801 6555
Please Don’t Tell
Shh, we’re going to tell! Step inside the old school 1940’s inspired NY telephone box above MO bar within the Landmark Mandarin Oriental, hit number 1 on the keypad and voila, you’re in the sister speakeasy of the iconic NY PDT!
Location: The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Central, +852 2132 0110
Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria
Nestled in the trendy neighbourhood Sai Ying Pun, it’s not often you find a spacious hang out. As an old ping pong hall this spot has just that and we guarantee you’ll find a gin perfect for your tastebuds.
Location: 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, +852 9835 5061
If our picks haven’t tickled your fancy, HK’s speakeasies list is pretty endless so check out some of the below spots and we’re sure you’ll find something right up your alley!
Dr Fern’s – Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road, Central, +852 2111 9449
Stockton – 32 Wyndham Street, Central, +852 2565 5268
Nocturne Wine & Whiskey Bar – 35 Peel Street, Central, +852 2884 9566
The Wise King – 25 Staunton Street, Basement, Soho, Tsung Wing Lane, Central
Employees Only – 19 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, +852 2468 2755
Butler – 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2724 3828
Djibouti – 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai, +852 2668 6069
J.Boroski – Ezra’s Lane, Central, +852 2603 6020
The Old Man – Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, +852 2703 1899
Ophelia – Shop No41A, 1/F The Avenue, 200 Queen’s Road East, Lee Tung St, Wan Chai, +852 2520 1117