When the sun sets, party animals in Hong Kong head to the trendy entertainment districts of Lan Kwai Fong and Soho in Central. While there is no specific expat meeting place, you will find that nightlife on Hong Kong Island revolves around these areas, where there are a plethora of bars, nightclubs and pubs mainly targeting expats or the younger, chic crowd. Whether it’s a no-nonsense pub, ultra-hip lounge or chill-out wine bar you prefer, there is something to suit every taste.
Outside Central, Wan Chai is also popular with expats and working professionals looking for a place to unwind. This entertaining district has an eclectic collection of lively pubs, karaoke clubs and sports bars.
Many of the expat forums arrange meet and greets on a monthly basis. These offer you an opportunity to socialize with fellow expatriates and get to know more people. Details can be found at http://www.geoexpat.com or http://hongkong.asiaxpat.com.
Recommended Bars and Clubs:
Upscale restaurant and nightclub popular with models and the “in” crowd.
UG/F, The Centrium
60 Wyndham St, Central
Tel: 3110 1222
Where celebrities party when they are in town. Best known for their comfy lounge and excellent fruit martinis.
Basement, On Lok Mansion
39-43 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: 2543 8856
Frequented by bankers, yuppies and various other suits. Excellent cocktails, and houses a resident jazz trio and rock band.
5 Connaught Road, Central
Tel: 2522 0111
Latin themed restaurant features international DJs, salsa dancing and popular manicure and martini nights on Wednesdays.
1/F, Starcrest Bldg
9 Star St, Wan Chai
Tel: 2529 2300
Ozone belongs to The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong and, at 490 metres above sea level, it is the world’s highest bar. It is all-out glam, with a golden 3D honeycomb ceiling, hexagonal bar stools, and a narrow terrace with a jagged ‘rock garden.’
International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon
Tel: 2263 2270
Inn Side Out
An American-style pub which stocks a wide array of imported bottled beers as well as beers on tap. Especially popular on nights with football matches, which are shown on a number of large TV screens.
Ground Floor Sunning Centre, 10, Sunnin Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2895 2900
At the top of the 25-storey Prince’s Building in Central. Sevva has a great outdoor terrace where you can enjoy drinks and admire the view.
25th Floor, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central
Tel: 2537 1388
This popular expat hangout along Wyndham street is a mix of Hong Kong luxe meets Irish flair. A DJ booth at the front spins music from Top 40s and era classics to house music.
G /F The Centrium
60 Wyndham Street, Central
Tel: 3162 3710
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