Whether you’re partial to a creative gin cocktail, or a classic gin and tonic, we’re rounding up the best gin bars in Hong Kong.
Everyone has their favourite spirit of choice, and for us, gin is usually our go-to. There’s nothing better than a classic gin and tonic, and with seemingly endless bars to choose from, we’re spoilt for choice in the city. From botanical and homegrown artisan gins, to inventive cocktails, straight-up spirits and more, here are the best gin bars in Hong Kong.
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HYC Bar & Lounge
This hidden gem in TST calls itself a “ginspired rooftop lounge” – head to this “dark side” bar for experiential gin cocktails, high-end shisha and live music, complete with panoramic views overlooking Victoria Harbour and Kowloon Park. At HYC Bar & Lounge, the bar menu specialises in enhancing classic gin cocktails with unique flavour pairings and gastronomical techniques; think gin paired with the likes of homemade blackberry jam, sesame, coriander and more. Or make it personal with a drink from the bar’s gin trolley, where you can mix and match gins, tonics and smoke profiles to get the perfect tipple.
HYC Bar & Lounge, 22/F, Nathan Hill, 38 Hillwood Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2572 6388, www.hychongkong.com
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Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
A gin lover’s go-to bar, we love Dr.Fern’s as much for its quirky doctor’s office theme as its endless tipple options. Using organic and locally sourced ingredients and botanicals, along with premium gin, the cocktails at this speakeasy bar here are sure to cure any ailment. A true gin emporium, the bar menu features a range of suggested gin and tonic pairings. Pair with a light bite from the bar’s “edible prescriptions menu”, featuring cheese boards, daily cakes and more.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, 2111 9449, mingfathouse.com
Award-winning London bar concept Artesian finds a home in Hong Kong at The Langham, bringing with it some of the finest gin and tonic cocktails in town. Masterfully crafted with house-made infusions, the bar’s drinks repertoire is as impressive as they come, with over 43 different kinds of gin available. The bar’s nostalgic Art Deco theme makes it the perfect place to relax in style, gin drink in hand.
Artesian, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.langhamhotels.com
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Sprawling harbour views and a full gin cart await at La Rambla. Whether you’re there for a Catalan feast courtesy of Executive Chef Ferran Tadeo, or just making the most of the generous terrace happy hour (where selected drinks start at $65), don’t sleep on the restaurant’s Spanish-style gin and tonics, featuring Monkey 47, Hendricks and more. Alternatively, treat yourself to one of the signature gin-based cocktails from the bar menu.
La Rambla, 3071-73, Level 3, ifc mall, Central, Hong Kong, 2661 1161, www.larambla.hk
New Punjab Club
Best known for being the first Punjabi restaurant in the world to earn a Michelin star, New Punjab Club not only offers some of the best Indian eats in Hong Kong, but also serves up a mean gin drink. Skip the bar and pair your feast at New Punjab Club with a drink from the restaurant’s antique gin trolley. Opting for a simple and classic approach to the gin and tonic, offerings here include Monkey 47, Tanqueray, G’vine Floraison and more, which serve as the perfect clean and fresh accompaniment to your meal, with just a touch of theatre on the side.
New Punjab Club, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2368 1223, www.newpunjabclub.com
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Ping Pong Gintonería
The red door outside is your only clue you’ve arrived at this speakeasy bar, but once you step inside, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. For gin lovers, Ping Pong has a comprehensive list of gins from all over the world, with a special focus on Spain. From the classic Martin Millers, to premium gins like Gin Self from Valencia, there is certainly no shortage here.
Ping Pong Gintonería, L/G, Nam Cheong House, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 9835 5061, www.pingpong129.com
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Rest Coffee Gin
Coffee shop by day, gin bar by night, Rest Coffee Gin offers the best of both worlds, all set against the backdrop of spectacular harbour views. There are over 80 different gins on the bar menu here, promising an endless combination of gin and tonics for connoisseurs to make their way through. The bar’s signature tea-inspired gin cocktails are worth saving room for too, crafted from premium teas like darjeeling, oolong and more.
Rest Coffee Gin, Shop 4, G/F, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, 2697 8938, www.facebook.com/rest.coffee.gin
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The official tasting room of local gin label Perfume Trees Gin, Tankyu Distillery is a celebration of gin and cocktail culture in Hong Kong, with tastings, bar workshops and more. Book yourself onto the Perfume Trees Masterclass where you’ll have the opportunity to learn everything you’ve ever wanted to know about gin, along with an omakase gin cocktail tasting at the bar, featuring drinks that are expertly crafted and customised according to preference, mood and even Hong Kong’s weather.
Tankyu Distillery, Unit 301, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, 6324 6437, www.perfumetreesgin.com
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This Northern-Spanish inspired restaurant also plays home to a chic and stylish bar on the ground floor. If the luxe décor and lush greenery don’t draw you in, the array of gin drinks is sure to! Known for its goblets of signature Spanish-style G&Ts, the bar menu features a selection of gin-based cocktails. If you’re heading to The Optimist for pre-dinner drinks, be sure to make the most of its happy hour, which runs daily from 3pm until 7:30pm, and features drinks starting at just $48. Select from a range of gin and tonics, or go for our personal favourite, the Gin on Ginger, made with gin, fresh ginger, sugar, mint and ginger beer.
The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2433 3324, www.theoptimist.hk
Editor’s Note: “The Best Gin Bars In Hong Kong” was originally published in May, 2017 and was most recently updated in September, 2021. With thanks to Annie Simpson for her contribution.
Hero image courtesy of What The Fox Studio via Ping Pong Gintonería, image 1 courtesy of HYC Bar & Lounge via Instagram, image 2 courtesy of La Rambla via Instagram, image 3 courtesy of Rest Coffee Gin via Instagram.