We read about "Ned Kelly's Last Stand" in the Lonely Planet, and decided it was worth checking out. This Australian saloon - jazz club is in the heart of Kowloon, a coule of minutes away from Nathan Road.
The band was composed of local musicians, all of them of excellent quality, and the music was great: mostly well known all-time favorites, some instrumental and some vocal as well.
The atmosphere was great, with a mixed lively audience of young and old, locals, ex-pats and tourists. We sat next to an elderly Canadian who told us he was living in Yunan with his Chinese wife, and was in Hong-Kong for the purpose of renewing his visa to China, but was actually considering not going back there...
Besides the drinks, there is a food menu with the usual pub grub (the dishes we ordered were nothing special).
So : don't come here for a meal, but do come after dinner for a very enjoyable jazz evening in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Fairly similar to the Ladies Market, the Temple Street Night Market is the more famous and larger of the two. The market is located in Temple St which is just to the west of Jordan MTR station in Kowloon. The market is sometimes known as Men's Street as it is very popular for men's fashion. The market starts at 2pm in the afternoon, but is lively at dusk daily. Traffic is closed on the street at that time, and visitors swarm into the street. There are more than hundred stalls with colourful lights in the market. There are carts bulging with goods from clothing to mobile phones and watches. Stalls have items mainly for men, jeans, t-shirts, pants, lighters, shoes and men's accessories. Cheap merchandise is common in the night market. Cheap second hand goods such as cassettes, video tapes, old newspapers, antiques are also sold there. The night market is famous for its snacks and roadside dining, which serves local street cuisine. It sells a wide range of delicious local delicacies.
Head to Ashley Rd to Ned Kelly's Last Stand (situated between and parallel to Canton Road and Nathan Road). We had the best night out we had had in years and after midnight my wife even said "I don't want to go home yet!" - an all time first for her!! We even missed the last bus back to our friends house in Yuen Long in the New Territories.
Get in there early (before 2000hrs) for excellent food (black peppered fillet steak for $HKD 168) and happy hour until 2100.
(Free) music starts at 2130 and comes in the form of a 6 piece dixieland jazz band who will have you dancing and laughing your socks off. The English (Geordie) front man is so funny and his aged Chinese comedy partner has the most comedic face you'll ever see. They have a comedy act that is second to none (complete with props) and the musical skills are just as good. Instruments include 3 piece brass, banjo, washboard, keyboards, susophone and chinese teapot!!!
Listen out for the Hong Kong version of "New York, New York" retitled "Mon Kok, Mon Kok!"
As is normal for HK, every nationality can be found drinking together and the intimate, bench style seating helps to bring everybody together. We found ourselves sitting on a table with, firstly, 4 English businessmen, 5 drunken young Thais then a fantastic couple, Norm and Mulan - who we became great friends with by the end of the evening - "Hi y'all to you both!!"
This is one of the liveliest night market in Kowloon and is the place to go for cheap clothes, open air street stall food, watches, pirated CDs, fake labels, footwear, cookware and everyday items. Any marked prices should be considered mere suggestions as this definitely a place to bargain.
You'll also find many fortune-tellers and herbalists and occasionally some free open-air Cantonese opera performances here.
The market officially opens in the afternoon but most hawkers set up at about 6pm and leave by midnight. The market is at its best from about 7pm to 10pm when it's clogged with stalls and people.
Dress Code: No dress code required here. Just wear something you are comfortable with.
Avenue of the Stars pay homage to the Hong Kong film industry and its stars with handprints, sculptures and information boards. This is the best place to watch the nightly Symphony of the Stars, a spectacular sound-and-light show involving some 20 buildings on the Hong Kong Island skyline from 8pm to 8:20pm.
Dress Code: No dress code.
Along with the Peak, this amazing waterfront walkways offers some of the best views in Hong Kong. It is a lovely place to stroll during the day and especially at night, the view of Central lit up in neon is mesmerising!
Dress Code: No dress code.
Aqua Bar is definitely the best combination of:
a) slurping a splendid cocktail
b) while having the most spectacular sight on Hong Kong's and Kowloon's Skyline at night!
Located on top of Peking Road 1 high-rise building, Aqua is devided into a restaurant (Aqua Roma & Aqua Tokyo) and (one floor higher) a classy bar (Aqua Spirit).
Since Aqua is totally paned (so to say a 360 degrees window), You'll have a great scenery (better than Felix, because You are also able to see the Kowloon side)
A bit of a turn-off - of course - are the high prices and that You have to consume a minimum of 150,-- HKD per person in the bar.
And for me - as a devoted smoker - the no smoking policy (must be in force since half a year now) is a drag!
Otherwise really a must-see in Kowloon!! Also heard that the food is fantastic (asian/japanese)
Bar is opened until 1:00 am.
Dress Code: No tie required, but smart casual to smart business is required especially for dining!
Felix Bar in the legendary "Peninsula Hotel" is a must see on Kowloon Island.
Although it has become a bit quiet, since the new "no smoking-policy" is in force, it's still worth visiting, and if it's only for the beautiful and spectacular view on Hong Kong's skyline at dark.
Cocktails are splendid and expensive, service is extravagant, and it's also a great venue for a romantic dinner with Your better half (if the budget allows it).
I recommend a late afternoon teatime in the Hotel lobby, which is a famous venue for itself (described in another comment), and thereafter - when it got dark - a cocktail in Felix, which is situated in the top floors of the Hotel. If You are feeling to go to the loo after tea....hold it back! In Felix going to the restroom is an experience for itself. You'll see (:-)
Picture attached (what the girls do NOT see!)
Dress Code: Smart casual (no tie required) but don't go there like if You came directly from the beach!
Tsim Sha Tsui ferry terminal area. A very beautiful night view of the glittering lights of the buildings on Hong Kong island across Victoria harbour. Unfortunately it is impossible to take a night-time photograph but I managed to take a photo of the famous clock tower located next to the ferry terminal.
Walk around the streets of Kowloon at night. Kowloon is one place where the shops open till late at night and there are many people on the streets even until 11.30pm, especially on weekends. Therefore you should explore the interesting nightlife of Kowloon. The photograph shows a few geomancers doing their business in a Mongkok area street at night.
Dress Code: Wear casually since you will need to do a lot of walking.
I just stopped there for a couple of minutes to enjoy a Bitburger on tap, one of my favorite beer !
Even in Europe it's difficult to find a Bitburger, so you can imagine my joy !
Apparently you can also eat german food (Black Forest Ham, Wiener Schnitzel).
Open noon to 2 am
One would say, if you ever visit Hong Kong, one must visit the "Ladies Martket". It's a 5 mins walk from Mongkok MTR station.
I've visited it but I will not recommed to my friends/relatives. Unless you like bargainable fake stuff, otherwise you go to these streets for their street food.
They are hardly any streetname on the streets. If you exit from the MTR station, do not bother to look for the Ladies Mareket, start you shopping from the moment you step out for the MTR station, you will get to Ladies Market eventually. :P
Dress Code: Highly crowded during weekends, should wear something light and casual, unless its winter.
Kowloon is very colourful at night with all the city lights, signboards etc. The city is very crowded even till late at night around 11 pm and will get busier during the weekends especially along the shopping areas in both Hong Kong and Kowloon Islands.
If you want to people watch in Kowloon, go to the Star Ferry pier and walk along the waters edge promenade.
You will see all sorts from locals to visitors.
Lately there are a plethora of photographers plagueing the area offering your photo with the harbour as a backdrop. It's interesting to see the photographs some of them take - I certainly would want something better than the quality you get.
Dress Code: Wear what you like as long as it's legal :-)