Fancy a tipple on Kowloon side? We’ve rounded up the best cocktail dens, speakeasies, rooftop bars and taprooms stretching from the tip of Tsim Sha Tsui to Mong Kok. Whether you’re looking for your next venue to celebrate with a bang, a night of pumping music, or to enjoy an intimate evening with your other half, you’ll want to add these Kowloon bars to your bucket list.

 

Tsim Sha Tsui

 

Terrible Baby

 

 

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Since opening last year, Eaton HK hotel’s leafy terrace bar has slowly become an epicentre for indie and underground DJ nights, live band gigs and stylish cocktails. Its packed weekly programme, coupled with its retro-inspired interiors, attracts Hong Kong’s creative types and eccentric souls alike. Terrible Baby now boasts the broadest collection of rosé wines in town, as well as fantastic cocktails shaken up by head bartender Edgar Santillan. Try the perfectly balanced Espresso Martini — it won’t disappoint, at any time of day.

Terrible Baby, 4/F, Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road (Street Entrance on Pak Hoi Street), Jordan, Hong Kong, +852 2710 1866

 

Bar Butler

 

 

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Get transported right into the heart of Ginza at Bar Butler, a 20-seat Japanese whisky and cocktail bar off the eastern edge of Tsim Sha Tsui. With a flagship in Tokyo’s upscale centre, Butler brings the bowtied and waistcoated charm of Japanese mixology to Hong Kong — prizing attention to detail and precision in every glass. Head to the fifth floor if you’re thirsty for a classic cocktail, and the sixth floor if you’re looking to savour a wide selection of single malts and blended whiskies. Take note, just like most Japanese bars, Butler charges a HK$30 ‘snack fee’ cover charge and a HK$200 minimum order per person.

Bar Butler, 5-6/F, Mody House, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2723 4318

 

Bar Buonasera

 

 

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With husband-and-wife team Nick Tse and Akayo Miyake at the helm, Bar Buonasera serves up rigorously studied and perfected cocktails in true Japanese fashion. Located just above Bar Butler (Tse in fact is a Butler alumnus), Buonasera is particularly welcome to shaking up bespoke cocktails — tweaking your favourite concoction to your taste. Keep an eye out for its regular showcases of craft spirits and rare independent bottlings of scotch.

Bar Buonasera, 7/F, Mody House, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2111 4444

 

 

Artesian

 

 

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Artesian at the Langham’s London flagship was once named the World’s Best Bar for four consecutive years in a row. The award-winning concept is brought to Hong Kong, featuring fashionable, Art Deco-inspired surrounds and the finest cocktails made with house infusions. After a languid afternoon tea set at Palm Court, you’ll want to extend your visit by rolling up to the bar for a signature Spanish-style Gin & Tonic, or a classic cocktail aged in-house in American oak barrels. Live piano and vocal performances take place every afternoon from 3pm.

Artesian, Lobby, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2132 7898

 

Tiffany’s New York Bar

 

 

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The home of the annual Hong Kong Whisky Festival, this distinguished establishment is a must-visit if you’re particularly finicky or adventurous when it comes to drams. Reminiscent of a 1920s speakeasy in New York, Tiffany’s is home to over 300 labels of bourbon, scotch, single malt and whiskies from all over the world. Roll up on a Wednesday through Saturday for a taste of its sensational live music programme, performing R&B hits, Motown soul and jazz late into the evening.

Tiffany’s New York Bar, InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong, 70 Mody Road, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2721 5161

 

DarkSide

 

 

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Rosewood Hong Kong’s popular jazz bar DarkSide is a tongue in cheek reference to Kowloon’s nickname by Hong Kong Islanders, unenlightened about the stylish reality across the harbour. Joke’s on them: With the chic interiors by Tony Chi, the dark spirits-forward cocktail programme by Arkadiusz Rybak and Simone Rossi, plus sultry jazz by Canadian songstress Janaia Farrell and the OnPoint band — it’s one of the glitziest ways to spend an evening in town, let alone Kowloon. Enjoy an inventive twist on classic cocktails, such as the Vesper martini garnished with a sweet and juicy wakamomo peach. We also weren’t kidding about its popularity: You’ll want to go early to secure a seat before the music starts at 8pm or risk hour-long waits.

DarkSide, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 3891 8732

 

XX

 

 

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The newest addition to Victoria Dockside, this hidden ladies-only bar within the Rosewood Hong Kong requires a daily-changing passcode for entry — if you can find it, that is, and also if you happen to share the same chromosome structure as the bar’s moniker. It’s strictly no gents allowed. Inside, you’ll find a sleek boudoir setting made for sophisticated nights out with the girls. A distinct cocktail and bar snack menu complement the opulent surrounds, particularly focused on delicate cocktails that satisfy easy-drinking palates and spirits Be sure to call ahead to reserve your seat — walk-ins are not allowed.

XX, Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 5239 9219

 

Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong

 

 

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Situated along the harbour front with prime views of the Hong Kong skyline, the Lobby Lounge at InterContinental Hong Kong showcases the city’s night lights in full glory with its floor to ceiling panorama. Popular with out-of-towners and couples alike, the sunny harbour-view lounge offers an all-day menu — from hearty brunch options to refined afternoon tea sets to sunset cocktails to post-dinner digestifs. Head there after 9pm each night for a taste of live jazz from the greatest artists in town, including respected musicians such as Eugene Pao.

Lobby Lounge, InterContinental Hong Kong, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2313 2323

 

Vibes

 

 

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This bamboo-lined courtyard tucked inside The Mira Hong Kong is a Tsim Sha Tsui mainstay for tropical cocktails and danceable DJ beats. Reserve your own private cabana here amidst the frangipani trees and burbling fountains and unwind with a shisha pipe in hand, with over 20 flavours served by resident Egyptian shisha master Kahled. Every Thursday, take advantage of happy hour prices all night for its weekly Gin & Tonic Revival sessions, showcasing a selection of artisanal gins from Finland, Sweden, Spain, Belgium, Germany and France. The space is rather romantic at night, with an abundance of tree lights and glowing lamps.

Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2368 1111

 

The American Bar at Felix

 

 

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Named after legendary hotelier Felix Bieger, the Philippe Starke-designed Felix sits atop the 28th floor of The Peninsula Hong Kong. While frequented for celebrations and decadent brunches alike with newly appointed chef Juan Gomez’ modern European cuisine, perhaps little known to many is the American bar, which opens at 6pm every day. Head up here for magnificent views of Hong Kong Island, while sipping on one of head mixologist Marko Petrovic’s concoctions. Keep your eyes peeled for a regular DJ lineup or special mixologist showcase.

Felix, 28/F, Salisbury Road, The Peninsula, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2696 6778

 

Oyster & Wine Bar, Sheraton Hong Kong

 

 

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Sheraton Hong Kong’s long, top-floor bar boasts the perfect setting to watch the nightly harbour light show. And what else could improve the experience than with a glass of bubbly and a platter of freshly shucked oysters? True to its name, Oyster & Wine Bar has specialists serving up 25 to 30 different varieties of oysters, jet fresh from the best waters of the season. True oyster aficionados will want a seat by the custom-designed oyster bar to learn from the pros. Complement the experience with one of the best seafood menus in town, and the perfect vintage handpicked by the house sommelier.

Oyster & Wine Bar, Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel And Towers, 20 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2369 1111

 

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand

 

 

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Ned Kelly’s Last Stand is quite rightly named — opened in 1972, it is one of Tsim Sha Tsui’s longest standing pubs. Named after the infamous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly’s isn’t a stylish bar by any means, but it makes up for that with its irresistible rustic charm. Wooden bench tables surround a cosy central stage where on any given night, a rotation of musicians perform foot-stomping blues, jazz jams and crooning ballads. Order the largest pitcher of beer you can muster and tuck into one of the hefty-sized burgers.

Ned Kelly’s Last Stand, 11A Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2376 0562

 

West Kowloon

 

Woobar

 

 

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Synonymous with some of the city’s hottest parties, W Hong Kong’s Woobar made a name for itself with its popular DJ nights and seasonal fetes against the hotel’s whimsical interiors — recently, the bar has leaned on the flamboyant talent of the city’s top drag queens to host its latest party series. Mark Wednesdays at Woobar on your calendar: The Wednesday Wine-derlust promotion is a firm favourite amongst vinos for its free-flow wines, cheese and charcuterie from 8–10:30pm (HK$360 per person).

Woobar, 6/F, W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3717 2889

 

Rest Coffee Gin

 

 

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This sun-drenched, minimalistic coffee bar at the water’s edge in West Kowloon Cultural District brings to mind some of Tokyo’s chicest cafés, and makes for an ideal pit stop after cycling up an appetite around the cultural park or strolling the latest exhibition at M+ Pavilion. By day, catch the perfect sunny corner for a snap of the ultra-Instagrammable matcha lattes, and by evening, watch the buildings light up across the harbour as you sip on an array of eclectic G&Ts. Select a new gin you haven’t tried from the hanging display at the bar and watch co-owner and award-winning mixologist Wallace get to work, pairing it with a choice of seven tonics and colourful garnishes. The teaware and venerated green teas are co-owner Vincent’s pride and joy, so tea cocktails naturally round out the beverage menu.

Rest Coffee Gin, Shop GF-04, G/F, Nursery Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2697 8938

 

Ozone

 

 

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It’s common knowledge that Ozone proudly stands as the tallest bar in the world, located at the 118th floor of The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong. Its futuristic interiors and regular DJ residencies make it one of the most enduring hotspots in town, whether for a spread of Asian tapas, Sunday brunch or an electric night out. On a clear day, grab a spot by the windows for one of the most mesmerising views of the city from up top.
Ozone, 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 2263 2270

 

Hung Hom

 

Red Sugar

 

 

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If a calming oasis to soothe your ruffled mind is what you seek, look no further than Red Sugar, the Kerry Hotel’s sprawling lush terrace bar. On this eastern corner of Kowloon, the harbour’s lights are softer, the water is more serene, and you’re still getting a side of ocean breeze with your cocktails. Head bartender is Nikita Matveev, previously Mandarin Oriental Macau’s resident mixologist. His signature tipples are based on his inspirations from the city, and the wine list also spotlights Asian winemakers. The bar plays host to a raucous weekend brunch offering and a fantastic happy hour.

Red Sugar, 7/F, Kerry Hotel, 38 Hung Luen Road, Hung Hom, Hong Kong, +852 2252 5281

 

Mong Kok

 

Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social

 

 

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Few bars are able to surprise you with exactly what you’re looking for, and head mixologist Leo Cheung, a Bar Butler alumnus, has seemingly unlimited tricks up his sleeve to fulfill any finicky wish. Located in Cordis Hong Kong high above the buzzing throngs of Mong Kok, this contemporary-styled lounge bar provides a respectable focus on ‘responsible dining’ (though we can’t vouch that your night will stay that way); Here, you’ll want to indulge on bespoke and quaffable signature cocktails paired with delectable sustainable seafood and organic Hereford beef.
Alibi – Wine Dine Be Social, 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 3552 3028

 

TAP – The Ale Project

 

 

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The Ale Project, or more affectionately known as TAP, was the first bona fide craft taproom boasting Hong Kong-brewed beers. Opening its doors during the craft beer surge five years ago by the team behind Young Master Ales as well as a crew of passionate homebrewers, beer judges and beer specialists. This neighbourhood bar offers a regularly rotating selection of international and Hong Kong beers, paired with comforting bar snacks crafted with an east-meets-west twist. Try the specially made ‘beer bread’ made with fermented malted barley and a variety of toppings and sandwich options. The Ale Project also has a branch in The Mills, a former textiles factory turned creative hub in Tsuen Wan.

TAP – The Ale Project, G/F, 15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 2468 2010

Evelyn Lok
Associate Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.