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Things we love:

The daily light show; a tacky-fantastic waste of energy that we can’t help but love.
McDonalds home delivery, McLaziness at is finest.
The downhill escalator commute to work; why walk when you can ride, right?
Tai Long Wan, a Phuket-style paradise 45mins from central HK.
Trendy grannies hot enough to put BarChick to shame, almost.
The wicked English names the locals pick for themselves: Lemon Tea and Aerosmith.

Things we wish we’d known:

Taxi changeover hour takes place 4-5pm AND 4-5am. If you need a ride between these times wave a fistful of dollars and hope for the best.
Trams: get on at the back; pay and get off at the front
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Always carry a jumper, it may be boiling outside but the aircon here does not hold back.
There’s no such thing as ‘one drink’ – go hard or go home, even on Mondays.
This place is hot on gossip, try to avoid being the talk of the town.

Best bars in Hong Kong
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001
001

Unless you go with someone in the know, 001 is virtually impossible to find. Just trust us on this one – many a boozer has tried, and failed miserably languishing about thirstily in the backstreets of Hong Kong. But this Read More

121 BC Hong Kong
121 BC Hong Kong

121 BC is an all-natural Italian osteria e enoteca in Soho. Sommelier Georgio De Maria has the tough job of hitting up Italy’s vineyards to source his bang on selection of natural wines, which have balled over our inner wine Read More

208 Duecento Otto
208 Duecento Otto

You can hit up this place any time of day for pretty much anything you want. Coffee? Tick. Cocktails on a sunny terrace? Most definitely. Italian pizza feast? Yes please. The interiors are a mix of rustic Italian, New York hip Read More

22 Ships
22 Ships

This is one of our favourite new joints in town. With high ceilings, monochrome furnishings, street art and black and white documentary photos, it looks cool to start with. Despite its high-end credentials the atmosphere is casual with diners and Read More

Baby Buddha
Baby Buddha

A favourite ad-hoc hang out of ours, we love it for many reasons: a no-thrills attitude, crazily cheap prices and pretty much guaranteed debauched fun. Located down one of central’s little hidden back alleys, the bar itself only has six tables, Read More

Bar With No Name
Bar With No Name

This secret speakeasy doesn’t even have a name, but if you manage to find it, you’re in for a treat. Nestled somewhere around the back of Ship Street, this is another winning concept from the guys behind 22 Ships. Bar Read More

Boujis Hong Kong
Boujis Hong Kong

Okay, so BarChick’s hardly a Boujis girl at the best of times, but after a ton of people said the new HQ in HK has a totally different vibe to its London counterpart, we thought we’d check it out, and Read More

Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House
Café Gray Deluxe at The Upper House

We’re told this is where George Clooney stays when he’s in town. Good start. While half of you will already be sold, for the other half, we’re sure plenty of hot chicks stay here too. Upper House exudes luxurious charm Read More

Captain's Bar
Captain's Bar

This is a proper Hong Kong institution. Captain’s Bar is, and has been for decades, one of the city’s most welcoming watering holes, especially after a long day slaving in the orifice. We like to sink into one of the Read More

Chom Chom
Chom Chom

Chom Chom is a buzzy Vietnamese street food joint in the heart of Soho. A casual neighbourhood hangout, have a few beers while snacking away on some top quality Vietnamese from much-loved HK chef Peter Cuong. This is where to Read More

Dharma Den
Dharma Den

As the name suggests, it has a fairly chilled out vibe, hidden away in The Workstation on Lyndhurst Terrace, Central HK. By day, it’s a relaxed lounge with music to match, that is, until the sound proof walls come into Read More

Drop
Drop

Drop is one of Soho’s crazier late-night spots. This club rocks it well into the afterhours and large amounts of fun are pretty much always guaranteed. Pumping DJs and big name acts like Chemical Brothers or Norman Jay get people Read More

Fatty Crab
Fatty Crab

This is NYC urban-chic-to-the-MAX and the hottest ticket in town right now. We love this place. It ticks all our boxes ten times over in terms of outrageous flavour combos both on the food and booze front, ultimate cool vibe, Read More

Felix
Felix

Located at the top of super swanky Peninsula Hotel in TST, the boys get all the fun at this place, well, maybe not all the fun, but these are probably some of the best urinals in the WORLD. Fact. Take Read More

Fish & Meat
Fish & Meat

This is one busy joint. Brought to Hong Kong by Maximal Concepts, the group behind Blue Butcher and Brickhouse, people get pretty excited about it, as should you. The décor is Nordic-style, light and airy, refreshing for HK where many Read More

Ham & Sherry
Ham & Sherry

It does what it says on the tin: Ham & Sherry. You have the team behind outrageously successful 22 Ships (including Brit chef Jason Atherton) to thank for this, Hong Kong’s first and only sherry bar. Located just up the Read More

Honi Honi
Honi Honi

This is HK’s answer to the traditional tiki bar, and it’s a big hit amongst the city’s bar savvy crowd. The cocktail list is endless and features rum just about every way a drunken pirate could hope for. The décor is Polynesian Read More

Kee Club
Kee Club

One of the most successful private clubs in town, Kee is generally a pretty exclusive kind of a place to gain access to, even for the most wily drinkers amongst us. Firstly, try to kidnap yourself a member to escort Read More

La Cabane
La Cabane

When we miss hopping on the Eurostar to Paris this is where we come. This quirky, all-natural French wine bar on Hollywood Road is one croissant short of the real deal, and even better for being this far from the Read More

Le Boudoir
Le Boudoir

If you want to get your Marie Antoinette style on, Le Boudoir is the place for you. Sultry, seductive, lavish, luxurious, opulent – all words that spring to mind when describing the overall ambience of this tiny, underground jewel of Read More

Lily & Bloom
Lily & Bloom

In the LKF Tower, Lily is the drinking half of its downstairs sister restaurant, the brasserie-style Bloom. This place is like a mash-up of all the best boozers history has to offer: New York Prohibition-era speakeasies, 1890s Parisian salons and Read More

Origin
Origin

Another classy bar from Quinary owners Charlene Dawes and Antonio Lai, Origin has focused, as the name suggests, on one of BarChick’s very favourite tipples; gin. Before Origin, to get our hands on good ol’ mother’s ruin we had Read More

Otto e Mezzo
Otto e Mezzo

We reckon this is the best Italian restaurant in town and its three Michelin stars pretty much back us up – in fact, it’s the only three-starred Italian joint outside of Italy. But dreamy pasta aside, Otto E Mezzo’s small, Read More

Pastis
Pastis

As the name suggests, this bar is about as Francophile as they get: Art Deco Champagne posters on the wall, gingham bar stools at the polished wooden bar, Edith Piaf on the stereo and lots of French-speaking, Ricard-drinking regulars tucking Read More

Quinary
Quinary

Drinking here is like taking your five senses through some kinda flavour fun house. It’s not just mixology, this is molecular sh*t. They’ve been studying at the gastronomic shrine of elBulli and have come up with cocktails so complex they Read More

Salon No. 10
Salon No. 10

By day, Alex Daye and Ellis Kreuger are the ultimate mustachioed fashion gurus, but by night these super madmen are to be found playing perfect hosts to the plethora of young, hip, HK cool kids at their smashing bar Salon Read More

Sevva Terrace Bar
Sevva Terrace Bar

The Terrace Bar at Sevva is one classy cocktail spot. On the 25th floor penthouse of the Prince’s Building, these are pretty unbeatable 360-degree views of the harbour and some of the city’s most iconic buildings. Attracting a constant stream Read More

Socialito
Socialito

The Mexican slang for ‘gathering place’, Socialito, does exactly what it says on the tin. Hoards gather here each and every evening without fail, pouring all over Wyndham Street. There are three things going on. From the outside you’d think it Read More

Stockton
Stockton

People got themselves into quite a stir about the opening of this one, dedicated to the decadence, indulgence and excess of times gone by. Sound like fun? For once, a bar opening lived up to the hype. You have to Read More

Stone Nullah Tavern
Stone Nullah Tavern

Located just off Queen’s Road East at the beginning of historic Stone Nullah Lane in Wanchai, this bar/restaurant does New-American cuisine, which is basically American food without the massive portions or e-numbers. Seasonal, locavore and stylish, the food is good. Read More

Sugar
Sugar

Probably one of the best rooftop bars in town, Sugar is a slinky, sophisticated, moody little get away, tucked away on the top of East Hotel in Taikoo, on the eastern side of Hong Kong Island. Signature cocktails, international tapas and Read More

Tai Lung Fung
Tai Lung Fung

Tucked away behind the back of Stone Nullah Lane is a great little bar that harks back to 1960s Hong Kong. Complete with old movie pictures and faded newspapers, this is the perfect spot for a local drink with a Read More

The Bar at the Peninsula
The Bar at the Peninsula

The Peninsula Hotel is one of Hong Kong’s oldest, grandest and most glamorous establishments and its primary bar, The Bar, encapsulates these same qualities. With dark wooden panelling, soft leather seating and jazz in the background, this intimate spot is Read More

The BellBrook
The BellBrook

Nicknamed Bistro Oz, just like the Aussies, this joint is laid back, with a no fuss, no frills style. Eat or drink here, or do both, it’s totally chilled. Hong Kong’s first and only Australian-style bistro is giving the homeland Read More

The Blck Brd
The Blck Brd

Off the beer and puke stained path that can be Lan Kwai Fong, Blck Brd is an oasis of cool amongst the booze swilling crowds of Hong Kong’s most infamous drinking streets. Perched on the 6th floor of No.8 Lyndhurst Read More

The Globe
The Globe

The closest thing Hong Kong has to a British gastropub, The Globe would totally get us all homesick if it weren’t so darn good. This is where we come for kickback time; they’ve not only got over 130 cleansing (ahem) Read More

The Living Room at The Pawn
The Living Room at The Pawn

Found in an old 1940s pawn shop in the heart of Hong Kong’s bustling red light district, Wan Chai, The Living Room at The Pawn is the perfect place to kick back and relax after a hard day’s work or Read More

The Roger Room
The Roger Room

Since the opening of Peruvian restaurant Chicha, which took Soho by storm halfway through last year, the desire for their Pisco Sours, ceviche and chicharrones has been unabated. So much so that the astute owners decided people’s cravings (ours included) Read More

Varga Lounge
Varga Lounge

Us BarChicks love a pretty pin-up girl, and this is a whole bar dedicated to them, namely those painted by Peruvian pin-up artist Vargas. With red lips and pert tits in abundance, the walls are covered in iconic 50s images Read More

Vibes at The Mira Hong Kong Hotel
Vibes at The Mira Hong Kong Hotel

This open-air lounge bar on the 5th floor courtyard terrace of Design Hotels member The Mira Hong Kong is like a secret garden oasis, which tempts you with a fine shisha collection (served by an Egyptian master no less), good tunes and Read More

Wagyu
Wagyu

Wagyu is the perfect spot for people watching along Wynhdam Street’s myriad of bars and clubs. The bar’s whole facade is open, allowing drinkers and smokers alike to spill onto the street outside. We like it when things we want come Read More

Yardbird
Yardbird

So we’re self-confessed Yard Bird junkies. We had one hit and our first thought was that we want more. The only problem is the rest of HK wants in too. The strict no bookings policy here ensures that it’s near Read More