Tequila time: 5 best places to enjoy a margarita in Hong Kong

Updated on June 5 2015

With summer on most people’s mind this week (cue: sunshine — honestly, get it together Hong Kong, this on-and-off rain needs to stop), thoughts of long weekends at the beach and bottomless margaritas aren’t far behind.

What many people don’t know is that tequila wasn’t really that popular until the late sixties and seventies — when the margarita, as we know it, was first introduced. A well-balanced cocktail of tequila, lime juice and an addictive salt rim, the end result is a tangy and salty libation that most certainly packs a punch.

A little thirsty now? Take a load off with one of the best margaritas (both traditional and more contemporary interpretations) in Hong Kong you can enjoy all summer long:



To be honest, I usually avoid Brickhouse unless I’m planning a huge night out. Why you might ask? Tequila is my kryptonite and the guys at Brickhouse most certainly do not hold back when it comes to tequila — it also inevitably ends in a round or two of shots. That being said, the Brickhouse Margarita (HK$150) made up of blanco rum, damiana liqueur, pineapple juice, agave nectar and lime with a himalayan salt rim is almost too good not to order — just be wary, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Brickhouse Hong Kong, 20 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 0560, www.brickhouse.com.hk


The Woods

Melting in this heat? The Woods have you covered with their weekly Tropical Tuesday pop-up running throughout June, featuring boozy frozen libations. The highlight is the slushy-style frozen grilled pineapple margarita (price TBC) — a mix of Ocho Tequila, grilled pineapple, Cointreau, cinnamon, fresh lime juice and fresh pineapple juice.

The Woods, L/G, 17 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2522 0281, www.thewoods.hk

Related: The Woods: Hong Kong’s new seasonal cocktail bar


Le Boudoir

Hong Kong’s resident French-style basement bar, Boudoir has just added nine more signature cocktails to its menu. My pick? Their funky variation on the margarita — Cabo San Lucky (HK$120). The drink is potent and complex in its aroma with a mix of tequila, Creole shrubb liqueur, lime juice, fig puree and balsamic vinegar.

Le Boudoir, B/F, 65 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2530 3870, www.french-creations.com/boudoir



Boqueria has stepped up their cocktail game this summer by mixing two of my favourite cocktails into one — a fruity sangria with a tangy margarita kick (HK$98). Couple a few of these with their Sunday brunch and well… you’ll be drinking right into the evening.

Boqueria, 7/F, LKF Tower, 33 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2321 8681, www.boqueria.com.hk



With a menu inspired by Southeast Asia, Hawaii, South America and the Caribbean to name a few, it comes as no surprise that Limewood’s bar specialises in margaritas. You’ll have your work cut out for you trying to decide between the pomegranate and watermelon offering with jalapeño and a dehydrated pomegranate salt rim (pictured) and the burnt calamansi and salted plum margarita (HK$110).

Limewood, Shop 103 & 104, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, +852 2866 8668, www.limewood.hk

Related: Review: BBQ, char-grilled seafood and margaritas at Limewood

Yi Li is your typical half-Brit half-Chinese hybrid with a serious case of wanderlust. When not writing, she's either on the hunt for the best new cocktails, on a hike or enjoying a sinful bowl of truffle fries (and working them off at XYZ). Follow her @yilidawson on Instagram or Twitter.