There’s something about gin that makes it an excellent choice whether we’re in the depths of summer or in need of a drink when it’s freezing outside. And these are the best gin bars in Hong Kong.
Whether you’re looking for the best happy hours, or great drinking establishments like Irish bars and dive bars, Hong Kong has all the answers you need. With such simplicity and versatility, gin has always been a popular drink, thanks to its unique taste from the juniper berry. Not only that, mixing gin with other ingredients like herbs and botanicals can make the taste even better. So, we’ve chosen our favourite gin bars in Hong Kong with the best selection of gin creations and top-notch vibes.
Check out these gin bars in Hong Kong
1. Ping Pong 129 Gintonería
Located in Sai Ying Pun, Ping Pong Gintoneria is the go-to place for an iconic gin-tonic experience. The location itself is pretty hidden, as its red door on the Second Street is the only sign of their existence. The ambience changes in an instant inside the speakeasy downstairs, which used to be a ping pong supply store – hence its name. With a unique interior, low lighting, and funky neon signs, the bar attracts the hipster crowd with their comprehensive list of Spanish gins, spirits, and cocktails.
Ping Pong Gintoneria, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, p. 9158 1584
2. HYC Bar & Lounge
Also one of our fave shisha lounges in Hong Kong, HYC offers a premium selection of gins, G&Ts, gin cocktails, and high-end hookah. With the trolley experience, you can personalise your gin and tonics; it even offers different kinds of smoke to add extra aroma and flavours to your drink, and, of course, for you take your boomerangs! As the weather cools down, take a seat on its swanky rooftop terrace and sip your night away while admiring the panoramic views of TST and the Victoria Harbour. The relaxing experience at HYC makes this lounge one of our favourite gin bars in Hong Kong.
HYC Bar & Lounge, 22/F, Nathan Hill, 38 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2572 6388
3. Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour
Located on the basement floor of Landmark Atrium, Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour is a speakeasy bar with one of the largest selection of gins in Hong Kong – a whopping 250 gins from around the world. They are paired with the bar’s concoctions of local herbs and botanicals, sourced from local organic farms across the city. Don’t know what to choose from their long list of drinks? Let Dr Fern prescribe what’s best for you by getting their seasonal cocktail!
Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, p. 2111 9449
4. The Optimist
Enjoy the authentic Northern Spanish experience at The Optimist, a Barcelona bar and Asador-inspired restaurant that serves a comprehensive list of Spanish gin and tonics. Decked with an interior that’s dominated by the teal shade and metallic furnishings, the bar exudes a vintage ambiance and also offers some wines and signature cocktails with infused gins that match well with their grilled meat and seafood. Don’t miss out on its awesome Optimist Hour deal, too!
The Optimist, G-2/F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2433 3324
Situated inside The Langham, Artesian specialises in gin and tonics that are masterfully crafted with house-made infusions. Decorated with an Art Deco-style interior that is combined with some contemporary touches, the award-winning hotel bar is originally from The Langham, London and has been named one of the world’s best bars in London.
Artesian, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, p. 2375 1133
6. Rest Coffee Gin
Now here’s a place where you can truly get the best of both worlds – this cafe by day turns into a gin bar by night. Sample a gin from the numerous selection to pair with a specialty tonic for a cheeky libation after six. You can even try one of the signature tea cocktails if you’re feeling adventurous. It’s located in the West Kowloon Art Park, so you can marvel at the waterfront while you sip your concoction.
Rest Coffee Gin, Shop GF-04, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2697 8938
7. Kyle & Bain
Located on the mezzanine level of modern European restaurant Margo and named after the first ice machine inventors, William Kyle and John Bain, this martini bar pays homage to Ice House Street. Kyle & Bain specialises in drinks that are stirred, not shaken for a prime drinking experience. Using only the finest gins, it serves top-notch gin drinks alongside many classic cocktails. The whimsical bar has a perfectly crafted speakeasy vibe, with plush seats and wood accents that transport you to the colonial age.
Kyle & Bain, Shop 6, M/F, The Galleria, 9 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2133 1137
Ori-gin (now online only)
Led by award-winning mixologist Antonio Lai, Ori-gin was one of the first gin bars in Hong Kong to offer unique gin cocktails. Combining his culinary methods with the use of modern equipment like a rotary evaporator, a water-bath and vacuum, the bar has 15 homemade gin infusion flavours such as lemongrass and lime, basil and kaffir lime, guava, pandan, jujube, and Japanese shiso.
Ori-gin, G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2668 5583