First things first: kids, smoking isn’t good for you. But if you’re down for a good time (and not a long time), we ain’t gonna judge either. You Only Live Once – here are the best shisha bars and hookah lounges in Hong Kong.
Many would agree that Hong Kong is notoriously stressful to live in. While some people prefer to sweat it out at the gym, or practise mindfulness at home for some inner peace, others might opt for activities that are a little more… indulgent. Admittedly, smoking shisha isn’t good for our health. But in case you’d like to blow off some steam, we’re happy to give you some cheeky recommendations, too. So, here are our favourite hookah lounges and shisha bars in Hong Kong.
Best shisha bars in Hong Kong
1. HYC Bar & Lounge
If you’re a fan of gin or shisha (or both), don’t miss out on the deluxe experience at HYC. With a great selection of spirits and gin-spired cocktails, you’re bound to find your favourite tonics and other creative concoctions. As for the shisha, HYC has around 20 different flavours, as well as three signatures, including the Tropicana which has an amaretto base. Also, you can indulge yourself in the Krysalis shisha package which includes a table-side demonstration, a complimentary base, and a tobacco refill. Don’t forget to head out onto the terrace for some stunning views of the city!
HYC Bar & Lounge, 22/F, Nathan Hill, 38 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2572 6388
2. Space X
Not to be confused with SpaceX the tech giant, Space X is a local shisha bar with space-themed interiors and neon signs, which give this hookah lounge its distinctive look. Furthermore, Space X has around a dozen signature cocktails, including some for sharing (echoing the social nature of hookah), and the Space Yakult which is a vodka-based cocktail served in an oversized Yakult container. Most importantly, Space X has around 50 shisha flavours for you to choose from. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, as the friendly team is always down to guide you through its menu.
Space X has locations in Lan Kwai Fong and Tsim Sha Tsui.
3. She Says
Who run the world? Girls! She Says is a shisha bar and cafe that has multiple Instagrammable features for the KOLs amongst you. These include chic neon signs, Wonder Woman graffiti, a wall of pink flowers, seasonal cocktails, and more. Furthermore, She Says has some relatively rare offerings, such as the wookah (wooden hookah) and even absinthe. Oh, and if you’re wondering if there’s a He Says, the short answer is: yes. Go check it out!
She Says, 4/F, Soho Tower, 25 Hart Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2732 2229
4. Nu Aer
Previously hidden away in an upstairs space in a commercial building on Hart Avenue, Nu Aer has moved a few blocks over to Minden Avenue in Tsim Sha Tsui. This reservations-only hookah lounge may be pretty low-key, but it consistently provides high-quality shisha, food, and drinks. There are over 30 flavours for the shisha at Nu Aer, as well as five signature mixes. Each mix caters to different tastes, so whether you like your hookah being fruity, floral, minty, refreshing, or creamy, Nu Aer has you covered.
Nu Aer, G/F, Kam Wing Commercial Building, 28 Minden Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2363 2087
At Zeng, not only do you get to enjoy fusion plates and creative cocktails, but you’ll also be able to take in a panoramic view of the Kowloon Peninsula once you head out onto the terrace. And what better way to boost this experience than trying Zeng’s luxurious in-house shisha? Using the best ingredients, expert preparation techniques, and an innovative ice hose tip, Zeng aims to deliver the smoothest hookah experience for its guests. Moreover, there is a range of flavours for you to tailor-make your own shisha, or you can opt between the five special mixes. If you’re looking for a fun yet sophisticated shisha bar to hang out at, Zeng will be your best bet.
Zeng, 30/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2353 0053
With 1,440 minutes in a day, where would you spend your time if you had one extra minute? Simply head to 14:41 to unwind, take a hit, or even play some ping pong on the second floor. Whether you feel like getting caffeinated or letting off some steam, 14:41’s food, drinks, and shisha menus are available from morning till late to cater to your every need. In addition to happy hour drinks, there are also happy hours for shisha here. Between 12:30 and 5:30, you can order a shisha along with a coffee or tea for just around $340 on weekdays and $380 on Saturdays.
14:41, G/F, Cheung Hing House, 41 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2390 0778
7. Be Humble
Feeling stuck in Hong Kong? Let your mind escape to the Middle East while taking in the Bohemian interiors and laid-back vibes at Be Humble. This Instagram-worthy Turkish cafe and restaurant serves an array of snacks, desserts, and alcoholic beverages. And of course, on top of that, there’s the shisha. With over 40 flavours and create-your-own mixes to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something you fancy.
Be Humble, 18/F, Mongkok Metro, 594-596 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, p. 5348 1417
8. Shahrazad Lebanese Dining Lounge & Bar
For those in search of somewhere truly authentic with its hookah (and top-tier Lebanese cuisine to go with), look no further than Shahrazad. Offering 30 basic flavours, plus several fresh-fruit shishas, you’ll be whisked away to the Middle Eastern kingdom with just a few puffs. Apart from basking in the stunning deco and taking pics for the ’gram, you might even catch some belly dancers – prepare to be wowed and have your Arabian Night taken up a notch!
Shahrazad Lebanese Dining Lounge & Bar, 2/F, Carfield Commercial Building, 77 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2330 0242
9. Polar Lounge
A reservation-only shisha bar, Polar Lounge is an exclusive space for hookah aficionados in Hong Kong. A trendy hideaway with a terrace, this lounge has got an amazing selection of shisha flavours – somewhere between 100 and 150 of them (!) – as well as premium equipment. For the discerning smokers amongst you, Polar should be on your to-go list of shisha bars (if you haven’t been already!).
Polar Lounge, 16/F, The L Square, 459-461 Lockhart Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 6388 0878
10. SipSip Rooftop
More views, everyone! And this time, it even comes with… Cantonese soup? If you think shisha can’t go well with double-boiled soups, think again, because SipSip Rooftop has been nailing it. Don’t get us wrong – the soup isn’t the base of the shisha (thank god) – but it is one of the major characteristics of this rooftop bar and restaurant. Designed to be the alternative dining and hookah lounge of SoupDay, a popular soup shop in Hong Kong, you can nourish yourself with the hearty soups and Cantonese rice bowls at SipSip Rooftop.
SipSip Rooftop, 25/F, Morecrown Commercial Building, 108 Electric Road. Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 5131 7189
11. Ohana Tiki Lounge
Everyone’s family over at Ohana Tiki Lounge! Vibe with the tropical theme high above the streets of Wan Chai. Pick from the list of creative tropical cocktails to get the night started. If you can really handle your liquor, try the Zombie 2.0 which includes three different kinds of rum as well as absinthe. Mix together your favourite shisha flavours from over 20 options to puff on your own concoction all night. Wanna kick things up a notch? Try the Jägerbomb base instead of the traditional ice or fruit bases. Don’t worry if you’re a hookah beginner – the friendly staff is more than happy to give you some suggestions on the popular mixes!
Ohana Tiki Lounge, 29/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2648 0900
There’s hardly a cooler place to puff on some shisha in Hong Kong than at Vibes – after all, this hidden courtyard terrace is located inside a five-star hotel, complete with lotus-shaped open fires, bamboo groves, and running waterways in the lounge. With over 25 different flavours, you can customise your shisha to your liking with the help of the shisha master. The hookah at Vibes is served in carved-out fresh fruit for a smoother and more exotic taste. With an outdoor area ripe for the ’gram, you can chill out in style. And for those who want to up the class and privacy, make sure to reserve a cabana ahead of time.
Vibes, 5/F, The Mira Hong Kong, Mira Place, 118-130 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2315 5599