Whether you’re in the mood for a casual chardonnay by the glass, or if you're looking for that rare bottle of red, these cosy wine bars and lounges are some of our favourite spots for drinking wine
There’s nothing like the simple pleasure of enjoying a glorious glass of wine, no matter the occasion. Whether you’re in the mood for a Tuesday night tipple, a weekend wind down after brunch or a romantic spot for date night, if you’re as serious about your Bordeaux and Barolo as we are, then these are the HK hot spots you’re going to want to seek out. From casual cosy bistros to restaurants with a view, here are our recommendations for brilliant wine bars in Hong Kong. And if you can’t make it out the door, then just bookmark our story on wine delivery to have the perfect bottle dropped off right at your door.
Our favourite wine bars in Hong Kong
Looking to catch some good old Australian-style hospitality with your vino? You’ll be wanting to head to Fineprint. One of the best cafes in Hong Kong by day, around 4pm this little joint turns into more of a bar-type scenario, with a great selection of wines. She’s a little one though, so get there early to nab a seat, or head to the branch in Tai Hang, which runs a similar deal.
Fineprint, G/F, 38 Peel Street, SoHo, Central, Hong Kong, p. 5503 6880, 中環蘇豪卑利街38號地舖
Le Bistro Winebeast
Le Bistro Winebeast is a modern French bistro owned by Johan and Cristina Ducroquet, the chef-and-sommelier AND husband-and-wife team behind next door’s Wine Beast wine shop. It’s no wonder that the food is excellent as Johan has had stints at Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe before moving to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, Cristina’s passion for wine shines as her recommended pairings elevates the Le Bistro experience. If you think this expert combo will set you back a pretty penny, think again, you can enjoy bottles of wine in the restaurant at a steal – the same you’d pay for a bottle at their shop next door. The best part? Le Bistro Winebeast’s seasonal menu changes every six weeks, so you’ll have a fresh reason to keep coming back for more.
Le Bistro Winebeast, G/F Newman House, 35-45 Johnston Road, Wanchai Hong Kong, p. 2782 6689, 灣仔譚臣道141號地舖
La Cabane, an intimate French bistro with a charming, rustic space, is best known for its authentic cuisine and natural wines. The owners are passionate about sourcing natural wines that not only come from organic grapes, but go through a vinification process that is done organically as well. These fine bottles of natural wine are sourced from France, Italy, Spain and Greece. Dine in and linger over a few plates of charcuterie and cheese, or pick up a bottle or three from La Cabane’s wine cellar to take home. When it comes to wine bars in Hong Kong, this one is one of the best!
La Cabane, 62 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2776 6070, 中環荷李活道62號
Interval Coffee Bar
Another coffee bar masquerading as a wine bar in Central, Interval Coffee Bar makes damn good caffeine hits during the day before switching it up to bar feels in the evening. Alongside an interesting range of wines, they also have tasty cocktails and a changing food menu on offer, and don’t miss their intimate music sessions with talents from around Hong Kong.
Interval Coffee Bar, 33 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2570 7568, 中環威靈頓街33號
This lively tapas and wine bar on Peel Street is a favoured haunt of Hong Kong city slickers and it’s easy to see why. Not only does 121BC have a wine list longer than its food menu (something that we can deeply appreciate), their delectable Italian sharing plates are the perfect cure for a long day. Nab a seat by the bar and ask the sommelier for their expert recommendations. Go with a group of mates so that you can share a few bottles to get the true 121BC experience.
121BC, 44 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2395 0200, 中環蘇豪卑利街44號地舖
The French Window
For a really special date night, the French Window at the IFC is your best bet. The chic brasserie and bar has a 150 strong wine list that features fantastic bottles from Bordeaux, Burgundy, Provence and the Rhone Valley. Sip on rare reds by the bottle and make sure to grab a table by the windows to soak in those amazing nighttime views of Victoria Harbour. If you’re looking for wine bars in Hong Kong to impress, then start here.
The French Window, 8 Finance St, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2393 3812, 中環港景街1號國際金融中心商場3樓3101號舖
LQV Le Quinze Vins
Discerning drinkers of fine French wine should get familiar with Le Quinze Vins (LQV). This cosy Parisian wine bar boasts an impressive cellar that features more than 1,000 French bottles. Whether your drink of choice is the house vino by glass or their rarest red, LQV’s passionate and friendly bar staff will gladly help you discover your next favourite bottle.
LQV Le Quinze Vins, 9 Swatow Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong, p. 2652 0588, 灣仔汕頭街9號
Enoteca is a modern wine bar with buzzy vibes where one can easily intend to catch up with friends over a quick drink, but really end up staying for dinner. Their extensive wine list has carefully picked bottles sourced from all around the world, which go great with Enoteca’s delicious selection of Mediterranean tapas.
Enoteca, G/F, 35-41 Tong Chong Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2744 6000, 鰂魚涌糖廠街35-41號地舖