A guide to bar-hopping near Soho House Hong Kong

a tunnel lit with multiple neon colours

Soho House Hong Kong’s community manager Angus Wong shows you how to tour the bars around your new House

By Angus Wong   Tuesday 17 September, 2019

While there's plenty to enjoy inside Soho House Hong Kong, from the dim sum in the House Brasserie up to the Pool Room, the surrounding area has plenty to explore. Here, our community manager Angus Wong shares his spots for bar-hopping around our latest House. 

Talk about dedication – our friends over at Dai Bing (‘big ice’ in Cantonese) invested in a machine the size of a regular Hong Kong apartment that makes and stores giant blocks of ice. By pumping air out of the purified water while chilling, the resulting ice is of higher clarity and takes much longer to melt, so your vermouth-forward cocktails will never be watered down. The interior is inspired by an old-school Cantonese diner, which we call bing sutt (‘ice room’).
52 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan; +852 (9838) 4438

Located inside a prison block in the former Central Police Complex and Victoria Prison, Behind Bars kept all the original prison cells in the declared monument but added a disco soundtrack, neon lights and bottled cocktails to the mix. Everyone is welcome here and the only labels are on the cocktail bottles, which are designed by a roster of Hong Kong artists.
E-Hall at Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central; jiagroup.co/restaurant/ behind-bars/
two martinis
a dimly lit bar
Entered through a back alley, this Soho gem is intimate, warm and cosy, something increasingly hard to find in this part of town. Lavish wallpaper and plush leather seats add a touch of old-world charm to your experience of tapas and exotic cocktails.
Basement, 25 Staunton Street, Central; +852 (2326) 5822

A coa is a tool for harvesting agave, an apt name for a Mexican-inspired cocktail bar with the most comprehensive list of mezcal, tequila and other agave spirits in town. Warning: the clarified coconut milk punch will keep cropping up on your bill.
6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central; coa.com.hk

Behind a discreet blue door on a quiet street in Sheung Wan, The Sea is the second bar by the team at The Old Man named in homage to Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man And The Sea. True to its name, the drinks here are inspired by the ocean and heavy with mineral flavours. Go for the seaweed gin with fermented pineapple rind soda.
2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan; +852 (2307) 0030

bartender making a champagne cocktail
a hand holding a cocktail on a bar
A stone’s throw from Soho House Hong Kong, this coffee shop serves amazing espresso Martinis throughout the day, so it’s the perfect spot for a pick-me-up before a night out. Mark yourself out as a true insider though and order the cereal killer – coffee concoction with a cornflake kick.
213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun; winstonscoffee.com

Low-key and laid-back, Whisky & Words is a great place for an intimate date with a cocktail lover. There are more than 300 different whiskies from all over the world outside of Scotland and Japan – even a seasoned whisky connoisseur will find something new to try here.
7 Shin Hing Street, Central; +852 (9889) 8590

Images from top: Behind Bars, Coa, Behind Bars, Wise King and Dai Bing (all Jocelyn Tam)
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