Hong Kong's Hidden Secrets

Hong Kong

A long and exhausting day calls for a drink, but with all the noise going on inside your head (let alone around you), you might want to go somewhere a little more quiet and discreet. Forget all your worries, even just for a while, as you lounge at one of these speakeasies. Most may be hard to find, but they're just hiding in plain sight—all you have to do is keep your eyes open!

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Mrs. Pound

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Hong Kong, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Keep your eyes peeled in search for a wall of Chinese stamps. A part of the wall is a door that serves as the entrance. It’s quite easy to miss at first glance, but as you enter Mrs. Pound, you’ll be reminded that the place is anything but a stamp shop. As the story goes, Mrs. Pound used to be a famous burlesque dancer in 1950s Shanghai. When she ran away with her childhood love Mr. Ming, a wealthy married gentleman from Hong Kong, he set up a stamp shop to hide their location and relationship from the public eye. Fuschia walls, emerald green chairs, and movie star mirrors dangling from the ceiling will greet you, combined with an interesting menu that features their quirky take on Asian street food. Start off with their Bulgogi Pork Belly Skewers and Sriracha Street Corn, then follow it up with a bowl of Laksa Bibimbap (Korean mixed rice). Choose from the array of cocktails, or make your own Bloody Mary at the Bloody Mary station. Mrs. Pound also serves coffee, smoothies, and refreshing spritzers, when you’re feeling a little more laid-back.

  • +852 3426 3949
  • 6 Pound Lane, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
    上環磅巷6號地舖

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Foxglove

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Hong Kong, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Disguised as a bespoke umbrella store, Foxglove brings back the 1930s with the help of live jazz music and an impressive selection of fine liquor. Frank Minza, the man behind Foxglove, named the speakeasy after his lost lover’s favorite flower. Foxgloves are known to be lethal, but can also cure heart ailments if used wisely. Pick your poison for the night—whether it’s from their well-curated cocktail menu or a glass of rare Cognac. You can also enjoy a full meal here, as they offer a refined dinner menu that highlights the best of Euro-Japanese flavors.

  • +852 2116 8949
  • Ground Floor, 18 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong
    中環都爹利街6號印刷行2樓

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001 Bar

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Find the black door near a humble market stall, press the brass buzzer, and enter the home of some of Hong Kong’s greatest cocktails. 001 takes the speakeasy scene up a notch with sophisticated interiors, plush velvet seating, and classic jazz music playing in the background. Aside from their excellent collection of whisky and spirits, their Old Fashioned is considered to be the best in the city. Take a few swigs and feel yourself becoming a regular with each visit.

  • +852 2810 6969
  • 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
    香港, 中環, 威靈頓街97號

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Nocturne

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A discreet sliding door reveals Nocturne, a Japanese-inspired bar that specializes in wine and whisky. Whether you’re in the mood for Japanese, Taiwanese, Bourbon, or even Scotch, this intimate bar allows you to choose from over 50 different kinds of whisky from their extensive inventory. Head upstairs and explore their attic wine cellar, where you can take your pick from at least 250 labels of wine and champagne. Along with its relaxed and quiet ambience, this is the perfect place to wind down after a long day.

  • +852 2884 9566
  • 35 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong
    中環卑利街35號地下

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Mizunara: The Library

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Hong Kong, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

Tucked inside a run-down commercial building along Wan Chai is this elegant bar that offers both signature and specialty cocktails, as well as over 700 whisky labels for the ultimate whisky aficionado. Expect a fabulous time at Mizunara, as award-winning bartender Masahiko Endo meticulously creates each drink with finesse. Just like an actual library, the bar’s interior walls are lined with shelves full of whisky bottles on display. Its garden terrace invites you to relax and zen out, with a drink in hand, of course.

  • +852 3571 9797
  • Kiu Yin Commercial Building, 4th Floor, 361-363 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
    灣仔駱克道361-363號翹賢商業大廈4樓 香港

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Ping Pong Gintoneria

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Prepare to indulge in Ping Pong Gintoneria’s rich selection of gins from all around the world! Go through the bright red door along Second Street to find this ping pong store-turned Spanish bar. Gin and tonic fanatics will love it here, as each drink is served on specialty glassware goblets and topped with various garnishes and aromatics. Once you’re here, you’ll get a nostalgic feel of the old Hong Kong with the bar’s neon signage and original aluminum windows. Modern influences are also featured in this spacious, urban-chic area, as contemporary artworks hang from its walls.

  • +852 9835 5061
  • Lower Ground Floor, 129 Second Street, Nam Cheong House, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
    香港西環西營盤129號南昌樓

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Club Qing

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On the 10th floor of the Cosmos building is Club Qing, a haven for serious whisky drinkers. Enjoy the bar’s assortment of rare and old whisky from legendary Japanese distilleries, whether by glass or with one of their 30 tasting sets. Feeling a bit more adventurous with your drink? Try making your very own with their Blend-It-Yourself set and explore the different flavors and styles of Japanese whisky.

  • +852 9379 7628
  • 10th Floor, Cosmos Building, 8-11 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong
    香港中環蘭桂坊8-11號昌隆商業大廈10樓

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Lan Kwai Lau

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A few doors away from a 7-Eleven, Lan Kwai Lau stands behind an unremarkable black door with a stag’s head above it. Inside, large leather chairs and the interior’s dark wood finish sets the perfect stage for its impressive whisky collection. This whisky paradise just hides in plain sight, and doesn’t even have a website or contact number. That said, discovering Lan Kwai Lau is like finding treasure.

  • Ground Floor & Basement, 2-3 Lan Kwai Fong, Central, Hong Kong

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J. Boroski

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Tucked away in a secluded alley near Hollywood Road is an exclusive speakeasy by “mixsultant” Joseph Boroski. Boasting an extensive collection of high quality liquor and spirits, J. Boroski’s cocktails are crafted based on your preferences; hence the bar’s lack of a menu. Just let them know you’re favorite liquor and your preferred ingredients, and they’ll gladly whip something up just for you. Access to the bar is strictly by invitation only, to cater a more intimate and curated crowd. Once inside, bask in the sophisticated curved ceiling and the dark atmosphere, matched with dimmed lights and extravagant decor.

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Dr. Fern's Gin Parlour

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Hong Kong, China, People's Republic • Recommendation • 

In a corner within The Landmark are two doors that suggest a doctor's office, but don’t be fooled—it’s actually a gin parlour! Enjoy a premium selection of gin and other libations made of organic ingredients from local farms, so you can guarantee that each beverage is fresh and of great quality. Its staff and bartenders don white lab coats as they prepare your drink, giving you the feeling of being in an actual clinic. Doctor Fern, a physician that studied botanicals, aims to relieve “stress-related ailments” with his herbal concoctions, paired with the finest gins from all over the world.

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The Old Man

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Keep an eye out for the square sign and hanging lamp that marks the entrance to The Old Man. The bar is a nod to writer Ernest Hemingway, whose works like "The Sun Also Rises" and "A Farewell to Arms" inspired its 9-item cocktail menu. Tropical-themed stools beckon guests to settle down and check out the bar's special cooling strip, designed to keep drinks at a cool temperature. Start the night with "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", which is a mix of marshmallow gin, lacto-fermented raspberry, citrus, and topped with Gruyere. Feel free to experiment as well, with their line of experimental cocktails that feature out-of-the-box flavors, including pineapple rum and rosemary-infused Pisco.

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