8 Best Bars in Wan Chai, Hong Kong


Wan Chai
Confusingly, the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean menu doesn’t have much to do with the African country of Djibouti, but no matter. This gem hidden along a quiet alleyway is a favorite among young professionals looking for a relaxed night out and well-priced drinks. Like an open-air living room, the bar comes dressed up with beautiful artwork, botanical wallpaper, stylish lounge furniture, and a glowing purple-hued bar. The tea-focused cocktails are refreshing, too, particularly during Hong Kong's steamy summer nights.
Alleyway off 2 Landale St., Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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Dusk Till Dawn

Wan Chai

Loud, energetic cover bands get the dance floor jumping on Wednesday to Saturday nights. Popular with expats, it can get crowded, but patrons are usually having too much fun to care.

76–84 Jaffe Rd., Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Joe Bananas

Wan Chai

Considered a Hong Kong landmark—at least, on the nightlife circuit—Joe Bananas is known for its live bands and handsome interiors. It tends to draw an after-hours crowd, since the doors stay open until 5:30 am almost every day of the week. During the day, this is also a popular spot to watch sports games and enjoy comfort foods with a cold beer.

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Wan Chai
Extravagant and theatrical, Ophelia pays homage to Hong Kong's 19th-century opium dens. From lounging cheongsam-clad “muses” to dancers dressed as peacocks, everything is unapologetically decadent. The menu's colorful, quirky cocktails perfectly complement the larger-than-life atmosphere.


Wan Chai

A nice alternative to the dives of Wan Chai, sophisticated Rio has a plush bar with low-key live music and a dance club complete with a light-up floor. On weekends the party runs until very late.

The Canny Man

Wan Chai

This is Hong Kong's only old-school Scottish pub, decked out in timber and red-tartan furnishings. The bar serves an impressive collection of 180 single malts and 28 artisanal beers, alongside a roster of guest ales that changes regularly. In the basement of the nondescript Wharney Guang Dong Hotel, there's a dartboard, pool table, and live sports on the video screens. There's also a full menu that includes delicacies like haggis balls.

The Pawn

Wan Chai

As its name suggests, this Wan Chai mainstay occupies a 19th-century heritage building that was once the famous Woo Cheong Pawn Shop. The stylish interior features light woods and an uplifting color palette, while a long balcony overlooks the iconic Hong Kong tramway. Upstairs is the Kitchen restaurant, serving light and refined British cuisine.


Wan Chai

This sleek rooftop bar, named after the Australian aboriginal word for "young male kangaroo," provides a respite from the Wan Chai crowds. There's a downstairs steak house, but the real draw is the alfresco bar. The breezy terrace and a panoramic view over Happy Valley have made it a favorite.