No matter the reason for being in Hong Kong – whether shopping on Canton Road and Tsim Sha Tsui, enjoying Disneyland with your children or overnighting while in transit to Macao – don’t miss out on our 5 favourite downtown Happy Hours with their summer-luscious signature cocktails.
#1 The Optimist : Northern Spanish Bar & Restaurant
This three-storey restaurant is as well-known for its traditional Asador grills of meats and Mediterranean seafood as for its lively Barcelona-inspired bar on the ground floor. Enjoy The Optimist Hour every day from 3pm to 7pm.
Favourite Cocktail: French Kiss (blackberry marmalade, Eden Love Gin, lychee juice, lemon)
#2 Mahalo Tiki Lounge: Polynesian Cocktail Bar
Located on the top floor of QRE Plaza, this Polynesian bar offers an open-air terrace from which to gaze out on breath-taking views of the metropolis. You will be spoilt for choice here by over 50 Tiki-inspired cocktails served in exotic drinking vessels. Don’t miss Sunset Hour every day until 8pm.
Favourite Cocktail : Hidden Monkey (Kraken Black Spice Rum, Cartron Vert Mate liqueur, jasmine syrup, apple juice, lime juice, rosemary)
#3 CÉ LA VI : 360° SkyBar
The SkyBar sits atop California Tower, very stylish – in keeping with its clientele – and glowing under the dark sky. Dip your feet into the Jacuzzi and enjoy your drink while watching the sunset on Victoria Harbour and Central. Join Sundowners daily from 3.30pm to 7pm.
Favourite Cocktail: This is the Life (Pear purée, hibiscus water, rosehip cordial, peach liqueur and ‘an extravagant splash of bubbles’)
#4 The Roundhouse Taproom : Original Taproom in Town
This industrial-style but comfortable bar offers over 25 craft beer on draft – local and imported – to accompany their authentic and delicious Texas barbecue. You can enjoy Happy Hour here every day until 8pm.
Favourite Drink: Tuatara Pilsner
#5 The Pontiac : The Only Bar with All-Female Staff in Hong Kong
The industrial-style interior, retro vibes and savvy staff reminds us of American neighbourhood bars. Helmed by award-winning ‘First Lady of Mixology’ Beckaly Franks, it serves plenty of classic and extraordinary drinks. And remember, Ponty Hour is scheduled Mon to Sat, 5pm to 8pm.
Favourite Cocktail: Heisenberg (Aviation gin, Bianco vermouth, blue curacao, absinthe, lemon)
Your time in Hong Kong will not be a lonesome one. Our 5 favourite hangouts will allow you to make friends with fun-loving socialites and sensible drinking fellows, and to crash a party which could lead to… well, who knows? Oh, and to sip those summer-luscious signature cocktails. Don’t forget to share the photos online. Cheers!
Presented by Rangsimun Kitchaijaroen
Special thanks to Hong Kong Tourism Board