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Hong Kong Nightlife

Enterprising night animals are likely to get invited to a local karaoke party or join in a lively dice game with beer-swigging regulars in the bars of Tsim Sha Tsui, but it’s Lan Kwai Fong, the famous square mile of Central with the most relaxed drinking hours and the most intense partying, that is still a beating nightlife heart. SoHo ('South of Hollywood Road') is slightly more chic with a relaxed concentration of bars and beer spots, just off the Mid-Levels Escalator. Chinese locals favour Tsim Sha Tsui, riddled with bars and clubs.

Those wanting a dose of culture can check out one of Hong Kong’s up-and-coming local bands, stroll around the hip contemporary art galleries on Hollywood Road or catch a local film. While Hong Kong isn’t exactly a cultural hotspot, it should be remembered that this is Greater China's film and media powerhouse and one area where Chinese arts and culture have flourished without political and ideological interference.

The main ticketing agents are HKTicketing (tel: +852 3128 8288; www.hkticketing.com) and Urbtix (tel: +852 2111 5999; www.urbtix.hk). Listings can be found in Time Out HK (www.timeout.com.hk), BC Magazine (www.bcmagazine.net) and expat magazine HK (www.hk-magazine.com).

Bars in Hong Kong

Felix

This rooftop fixture, at the top of the Peninsula Hotel, is famed for its circular bar, a quiet spot ideal for grabbing a pre-dinner drink. But what really makes it stand out is the gent’s loo. There aren’t many urinals that afford a better view: looking straight out across Victoria Harbour.

Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, 28th Floor, The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2696 6778.
Website: http://hongkong.peninsula.com/en/fine-dining/felix

Ozone

At 490m (1,607ft), this is one of the world’s highest bar. People come for the views, but the brash decor and boldly mixed cocktails won’t disappoint either. The drinks blend Korean and Spanish styles (thanks to the chief mixologist’s heritage), meaning you’ll find booze here unlike anywhere else in the city.

Address: Tsim Sha Tsui, 1 Austin Ave, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2263 2263.
Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/china/hong-kong/dining/ozone

Sevva

While this Central–based spot isn’t the highest drinking spot in Hong Kong, its terrace still affords stunning views across the bay, with the bar serving up top notch cocktails. Dress for the occasion.

Address: Central, Prince's Building, 10 Charter Road, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2537 1388.
Website: http://www.sevva.hk

Clubs in Hong Kong

Dragon-i

Claiming to sell more champagne than any other watering hole in Hong Kong, Dragon-i is the hangout of the stars, and although it's socially exclusive, it's also surprisingly ordinary. The door policy here is strict, with owners boasting that "only the stylish and beautiful need apply", but the tunes are generally good with Jazzy Jeff and Louie Vega among its former wax spinners.

Address: Central, Upper Ground Floor, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street,, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 3110 1222.
Website: http://www.dragon-i.com.hk

Drop

Just down the hill from the escalator in Central, Drop is a late-night Hong Kong haven that draws its class from its creators. It takes its upmarket style from the actress Colette Koo and its clubbing clout from house don Joel Lai. Though it's a little pokey, things go off here under the early hours. Book if you want a table.

Address: Central, 39-43 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2543 8856.
Website: http://www.drophk.com

Live music in Hong Kong

Club 71

This backstreet bar, tucked away down an alley in Central, is a lot more laid back than the brash establishments frequented by expats until the small hours. Duck in here for a cheap beer and a chance to hang with the locals. We guarantee you'll leave having made new friends.

Address: Central, 67 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2858 7071.

Peel Fresco Music Lounge

Nestled away near Man Mo Temple, Peel Fresco is a great place to see the latest local live talent while sipping on a cocktail. The focus is largely on jazz, with first rate bands from Hong Kong mixed in with open mic newbies. There’s also the occasional Latin and R&B night to keep things mixed up.

Address: Central, 49 Peel Street, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2540 2046.
Website: http://www.peel-fresco.com

The Iron Fairies Hong Kong

 Iron Fairies promises a bewitching night of live jazz and blues, innovative comfort food and exceptional mixology, amidst other worldly interiors that captivate and invigorate imaginations. With 10,000 butterflies on thin copper rods swinging from the ceiling and thousands of small iron fairies scattered around the tables, Iron Fairies brings a touch of magic to Hong Kong’s entertainment and night scene.

Address: Central, LG Floor, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2603 6992
Website: http://www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Iron-Fairies

The Wanch

The Wanch has been bringing live music to Hong Kong since 1987 and is the oldest true music club in Hong Kong. It offers live music seven nights a week with different performers every night. There is a great selection of beverages too.

Address: Wai Chai, No.54 Jaffe Road, Hong Kong,
Telephone: +852 2861 1621
Website: https://www.reverbnation.com/venue/thewanch

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Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Mandarin Oriental, which overlooks Victoria Harbour from its perch right in the middle of Central, is a Hong Kong institution. The 501 rooms are known for their elegance, and its tearooms and buffets also enjoy a loyal following. The lobby has style to spare with a somewhat recherché art deco flavour.

W Hong Kong

This design-led Hong Kong hotel offers incredible skyline views from all 393 rooms. The interior draws on inspiration from the environment with tree-like columns in the main entrance, and the rooftop swimming pool on the 76th floor is one of the highest in the world. Its plush lounge, the Living Room, is great too.

J Plus Hotel by YOO

Meaning 'home' in Mandarin, JIA is the first boutique hotel in Asia designed by Philippe Starck. This Hong Kong hotel has 32 studios and 24 suites including two luxurious duplex penthouses, all of which include fully equipped kitchens, marble bathrooms and home theatre systems. Guests are also entitled to exclusive perks such as entry to slick private members clubs, complementary champagne in selected bars, and a free harbour cruise.

The Luxe Manor

The interior of this quirky Hong Kong hotel is a charming mix of grand old architecture fused with the surrealist art and design of the early 20th century. There are 153 rooms and 6 themed suites, each with marble bathrooms, and six themed suites ranging from Nordic to Safari. For Italian fine dining, head to the hotel's restaurant, Aspasia, or sip a cocktail in Dada bar.

The Upper House

Andre Fu, one of Asia’s most heralded designers, is the man behind this hip hotel, which has won awards and garnered much press in recent years. Rooms are located from the 38th floor upwards, with staggering views and decor to match (think: bamboo walls and limestone bathrooms). Facilities are first rate, with a lounge and gym, plus a garden for lolling in.

Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

This 399-room uber-luxury hotel is one of the finest hotels in Hong Kong. Magnificent harbour views, exquisite service, complimentary standard Wi-Fi, a suite of fine restaurants and bars, and a spacious spa with 17 treatment rooms are combined with a superb location on the Hong Kong waterfront, with easy access to the Star Ferry terminal, the Central bar and restaurant districts and the IFC Shopping mall.