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Hong Kong’s Hidden Bars and Speakeasies

Hong Kong lifestyle publication Sassy shares its top clandestine bars for late night libations. Finding them is an adventure in itself, so get exploring!

Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour

© Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour

© Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour

A hidden gem within The Landmark, Dr. Fern’s is an absolute must for gin lovers. Using organic and locally sourced ingredients and botanicals, and only premium gin, Dr. Fern’s cocktails are sure to cure any ailment. Tucked away in corner, two tiny office doors – one full-sized and one Alice in Wonderland-style –are all that hint to the doctor’s office behind. It also whips up daily seasonal cocktails, and if you can’t decide what to go for, the doctor is always on hand to prescribe the perfect tincture.

Sassy tip: Dr. Fern’s also offers amazing coffee and tea-time sets.

Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

Doctor’s hours: Sun-Thurs: 2pm-1am, Fri – Sat: 2pm-2am

 

Mrs. Pound

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If you don’t know what you’re looking for as you walk along Sheung Wan’s Pound Lane, it’s easy to walk straight past Mrs. Pound. Because, unless you have a particular interest in Chinese stamps, you would never know this was a bar and restaurant. But one of the stamps decorating the outside wall (hint: it’s the wooden one!) opens a sliding door into the treasure trove that is Mrs. Pound, where you’ll find fuchsia walls and booths, and retro 60s pinup wall art. This neighbourhood bar serves up Asian street food favourites alongside an intriguing selection of cocktails.

Sassy tip: Did we mention it throws one of the best brunches in town, complete with a legendary Bloody Mary bar? Also, the avocado fries are a must-have!

Mrs. Pound, 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, 

Hours: Monday – Thursday 12pm-11pm, Friday – Saturday 12pm-1am, Sunday 12pm-11pm

 

Mizunara, The Library

Mizunara

 

Mizunara is a welcome respite from the Ladies Night specials and sports bars that Lockhart Road is (in)famous for. One of the few hidden bars with an outdoor terrace, Mizunara is a celebration of all things Japanese; from the peaceful terrace garden, to the furniture made from Japanese Oak Wood (Mizunara), and the use of natural, minimalist materials – think glass, solid timber and rich leather. Its bar boasts over 700 different types of whiskey, making it an absolute haven for the whiskey connoisseur, and the talented barmen are known for creating refined cocktails that showcase distinctive Japanese flavours and qualities.

Mizunara, The Library, Fourth Floor of Kiu Yin Building, 361-363 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, 

Hours: Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 3am (last Order at 2:00 a.m.)

 

I Know John

I Know John bar

If it’s a classic speakeasy you’re seeking, this whiskey bar will be right up your alley. Decorated with polished concrete, exposed lightbulbs, and wood and leather finishings, I Know John is all about a cool, industrial vibe. Offering more than your average cocktail, I Know John serves a specially curated selection of high-end whiskeys and wines, and its expert mixologists are skilled in the art of creative cocktails. It even serves house-made bottled cocktails – perfect for washing down one of its speciality hot dogs or a plate of charcuterie and cheese. If you’re looking to escape the chaos of LKF and try something a little more memorable, I Know John is the place to go.

I Know John, 9/F, The Loop, 33 Wellington Street, Central

Hours: Monday – Wed: 5pm-12:30am, Thursday: 5pm – 1am, Friday & Saturday 5pm-2:30am

 

Butler

Butler

Amongst a stretch of lurid neon signs and grubby shops lurks the entrance to a little gem of a cocktail bar. The shiny new Mody House building is easy to spot but gives no hint that it’s a gateway from deepest darkest TST to sleek minimalist Japan in the form of Butler, a cosy 20-seater Japanese whisky and cocktail bar. A bow-tied waiter is on hand to help you navigate its extensive whiskey and cocktail menu; drop hints about what you like (and what you don’t) and then sit back and watch them mix your bespoke drink. Go thirsty and peckish with plenty of time to savour the experience, because this is more than just a cocktail pit stop.

Bar Butler the Japanese Cocktail Bar, 5/F; Butler the Japanese Whiskey Bar 6/F, Mody House, 30 Mody Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30pm – 3am, Saturday: 6:30pm – 2am

 

The Old Man

The Old Man

Tucked away on a corner of Aberdeen Street is The Old Man, a speakeasy inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Led by bartender Agung Prabowo (previously of Lobster Bar and Mandarin Oriental and named one of Asia’s Top 10 bartenders in 2017 ), cocktails on offer have a Hemingway-Asian theme and are priced starting at $90.

The Old Man, Lower Ground Floor, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong

Hours: Monday – Saturday: 5pm to 1am

Explore more of Hong Kong at night: Sassy’s guide to best local bars >

 

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