Irish/British/American Pubs and Bars, Hong Kong
The Canny Man is the only authentic Scottish bar in Hong Kong. Owned by two Scots, the bar specializes in Scottish foods (Haggis, Minces and Tatties, Scotch pies, Square sausages, etc.). The bar also boasts of over 180 single malt whisky from Scotland as well as over 30 different types of ales (from England, Scotland and Belgium). The bar itself is traditional styled, with a good mixture of locals, expats and tourists. It is also in the basement of a hotel in Wanchai, away from the noisier joints on the street level, giving the place a more relaxed feel to it. It prides itself as "An Oasis in Wanchai".
Dress Code: Casual
Pronounced as ‘Savour’, this bar located at the penthouse in the heart of Central’s designer mall. You can enjoy a stunning 360 degree views over Hong Kong’s breath-taking skyline. You can get a light bite while sipping your cocktails under the stars.
Mon-Thu noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-2am
Dress Code: No dress code. The crowd is a misture of locals and Westerns, casual / chic & formal suit. Though I didn't see anyone go in with flipflop or shorts. But jeans and trainers are definately ok.
I went to this event at Solas, a great and really friendly bar in Central Hong Kong. The staff were really friendly, the drinks were well mixed and the girls were hot!!! They also have Ladies Night every Wednesday where they give out free vodka to the girlies from 9pm - 12am. Well worth a visit even if it is just to chat to the owners!
Dress Code: Smart Casual, no strict dress code.
Bulldogs is a pub off of Wyndham and Hollywood Road that is popular with ex-pats and tourists. I went there with my brother one day to get out of the rain and got the happy hour special of 2 for 1. About 44 HKD for two drinks was a pretty nice deal. We were there before the rush and got to relax and read some newspapers while it rained outside.
We passed by Bulldogs later in the evening and at other nights and the entire bar was packed for English Football matches. There was also an event called Beerfest that Bulldogs was participating in that seemed to draw a lot of people that way.
Bulldogs is geared more towards a loud crowd who go out to drink and watch some football (soccer). You can buy the traditional pint glass for a drink all the way up to a "tower" which is a gigantic proportion of beer.
Bulldogs' a clean looking bar and is well kept and maintained. If you get there before the crowds it's pretty relaxing and a nice place to rest your feet.
A good place to sit and cool off. Get a drink and sit and people watch.
The bar is located just under the Mid Levels Escalator on Cochrane Street and Hollywood Road.
The atmosphere is calm and relaxed with only one (as of May 2008) flat screen tv to watch sports (soccer, cricket, baseball...) and an open-air front where you can sit on a few high stools, watching the street traffic go by as you sip on your drink, toss some free peanuts on the floor and eat your food.
Happy hour is usually from 2pm-9pm and you can get some good prices on some of the drinks available. With about 50 beer choices, you should be able to find one you like.
You can also participate in the "Painkiller Club" for 78 HKD (as of May 2008). The Painkiller is a mixture of Rum in a special tin. You can have the cup hung on an individual hook from the ceiling with your name above it or take it home with you. You also get a membership card good for 10% off any item for life, starting with your next visit.
I enjoyed going to Cochrane's over some of the other English/Irish/Austrailian pubs in town thanks to its laid back character, friendly staff and the airyness of the bar itself.
The American Club - Legends Bar
My friend is a member of the American Club and took me here for drinks. It is located in the Stock Exchange building right behind the tallest IFC building on Hong Kong Island. She told me the view was like being on top of the world. Well she was right. The view from that venue was absolutely breathtaking. You could see the Kowloon and HK Island waterfront as well as much of Kowloon very clearly. We also went to a bar, don't remember the name, in the same building which gives you a better view as the IFC tower was to the right of us. It was spectacular to see. Thanks Becky
Dress Code: Casual
This place has been around a long time . One of these days I'm going to start a web site on the Irish bars around the world. Its a big friendly place with typical pub fare. They have some good beers too.
Dress Code: Casual
Coyote is a bar located in Lockhart road in the Wanchai district.. i think!! its located right on the corner. Its a pretty cool little bar, i think its supposed to be modelled after coyote ugly, i dont remember too much about it, other than, the waitresses dance on the bar and pour tequila shots directly into the mouths of the patrons.
Directly opposite Carnegie's is the Devil's Advocate, Hong Kong's best Ruby-Bar. Watch a live broadcast while you drink the night away , or meet other sports fans.
Wednesdays specials: all drinks for HK$20, provided you pay with a HK$20 note from the Standard Chartered Bank!
Every Wednesday at the Old China Hand, it's quiz night !
Everybody that plays gets a price.
First price is a bottle of red wine, a bottle of white wine and a bottle of vodka.
Mr Stuart has the best questions ever, even for lost French folks !
let's meet there !!!
This is about as close to a real British pub that I found in Hong Kong. It's a good mix of ex-pats, tourists and locals. Has lots of TVs which, as the name implies, show the big sports events (British and American). Spacious with excellent service, and also serves good food.
Dress Code: None
Mes Amis was my favorite nightlife spot in Hong Kong. The Kowloon location is a small bar, but packed full of people enjoying drinks and quiet conversation. It has a very clean, comfortable, modern feel with good food and many choices for drinks. To top things off, they had several cute waitress! This place is a gold mine compared to the other Tsim Sha Tsui/Kowloon bars we visited, most of which were dirty, run-down, and pretty much deserted. The only drawback here: the prices are higher than average -- Tsing Tao beer was HK$46 per bottle).
Mes Amis has another location in Wanchai that we enjoyed, and there's a third elsewhere in Hong Kong that I never tracked down.
Part camp lounge bar, part bordello, this is a former antiques store with the furniture left delectably en situ. It’s discreet and hard to notice out front but full of groovy people inside who come to chill in an ultra-friendly vibe. Surprising this, since they’re mostly media types, models and fashionistas. Whiskey-based cocktails are de rigeur so stick with the classics
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