Home to many foodies chasing the latest trend, Hong Kong has an endless selection of unique bars and restaurants to explore. Dive into the best Hong Kong gastropubs for the best of both worlds!
Savouring an expertly-crafted drink and enjoying delicious food should not be mutually exclusive. For those looking for a one of a kind dining experience, Hong Kong has several gastropubs to choose from to satiate your cravings while sipping on a drink (or two).
Assembly is a tapas-style restaurant and cocktail bar that pairs global small bites with delicious drinks. The name Assembly is apt, referring to communal spaces, and is designed with a distinctly classic European style with both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements. Assembly’s menu is a journey across the globe, featuring dishes such as potato skins, chicken cartilage bites, and truffle shrimp poutine. Fusion at its finest.
Insider Tip: Assembly has an impressively long Happy Hour from 3pm to 9pm Saturday through Thursday and 3pm to 8pm on Friday- so feel free to get an early start at this spot!
Address: G-1/F, 6 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
Open From: Sun-Thurs: 3pm-2am; Friday: 3pm-4am
The Diplomat is a bar, restaurant, and if you are a member, a private speakeasy. The bar is renowned for its vintage liquors and spirits, while the food on offer mimics classic bar fare with global flavours and elevated classics. On the menu, you will find a range of dishes from truffle mac & cheese and chicken nuggets, to steak tartare and pâté – all equally delicious.
Insider Tip: The Diplomat Burger has often been named one of the best burgers in Hong Kong, so give it a try and ask your servers for their recommendation for a good beverage to pair it with.
Address: LG/F H Code, 45 Pottinger Street, Central
Open From: Mon-Sat: 6pm onwards
The Globe is self-titled, “Hong Kong’s Original Gastropub.” It has both a bar menu and an A La Carte menu featuring British treats like Scotch Eggs, and their classic Globe Pies that operate on a changing menu. If you are craving classic British pub food, this is the place to be. The Globe also has “more beer than you can shake a stick at,” with a vast menu of rotating draught beers and ciders to pair with your menu choice.
Insider Tip: If you are overwhelmed by the vast array of beers that The Globe offers, try their beer tasting menu, which you can enjoy with anywhere from four to forty people. They will guide you through your tasting journey so you can decide which beer you like best.
Address: Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central
Open From: 10am onwards
Gomes’ Gastropub, conveniently located on the border between Midlevels and Central on Caine Road has taken a different approach to what immediately comes to mind when you hear “gastropub.” Namely, Gomes’ offers up modern Indian fare- the Goan cuisine is delightful and pairs perfectly with Double Haven beer, the restaurant’s local brewery of choice.
Insider Tip: Give the Gol Gappa a try for a new culinary experience to pair with your drink of choice.
Address: No. 2, G/F, 58-62, Caine Road, Midlevels, Central
Open From: Mon-Sun: 11.30am-10pm
GRAIN is Gwei Lo’s brainchild and Brewlab, where new beers are researched and developed that allows visitors to test out new and upcoming products. In addition to the tasty beers available, GRAIN also has an excellent selection of food, mainly classic British pub fare elevated to the next level. They also offer brunch and an all-day menu that will have your mouth watering.
Insider Tip: On weekends, try out the Roast, a delightful twist on the classic Sunday Roast.
Address: Shop 1, New Fortune House, 3-5 New Praya, Kennedy Town
Open From: Mon-Tues: 4pm-12am; Wed-Fri: 12pm-12am; Sat-Sun: 10am-12am
Honky Tonks Tavern
Honky Tonks Tavern is a bustling bar with a stellar ambience, and with the motto “Love, Peace & Chicken Grease,” you know it is going to be good. This Hong Kong gastropub has a menu of recommended classics and “Honky Tipples” that will pair perfectly with elevated bar foods like Creole-style devilled eggs, and their signature hot chicken.
Insider Tip: If you have found it difficult to find tater tots in Hong Kong, this is the place to find them. They are fried with garlic butter and served with red pepper aioli – a delightful flavour explosion!
Address: Man Hing Lane, Central
Open From: Mon-Thurs: 5pm-12am; Fri: 5pm-1am; Sat: 12pm-1am; Sun: 12pm-12am
The Last Resort
The Last Resort is a Black Sheep Concept restaurant, calling itself a place of “respite for the world-weary.” Watch the atmosphere transform as you enter from bustling Peel Street into a dark, ambient room, with a beautiful bar and delightful drinks. Their menu is simple, and it is all about fried chicken, that comes in both original and hot, while their sides menu features fried scamorza cheese and Southern-style braised Chinese kale and bacon. Pair these treats with a signature cocktail and you are good to go.
Insider Tip: Try the Rum Sour, it is most likely like nothing you have ever tasted before and completely worth it.
Address: 52B Peel Street, Central
Open From: Mon-Wed: 5-11pm; Thurs-Sat: 5pm-12am; Sun: 3pm-10pm
Located in the up and coming neighbourhood Tai Hang, Second Draft is an excellent example of a gastropub. The work of the iconic Hong Kong brewery, Young Master, they offer several of their freshest beers on tap. Second Draft’s food options are plentiful and delightful, and there are also several other beverage options, like cocktails and wines to go along with your meal.
Insider Tip: Turn a classic bar snack into a wholesome meal with the Fried Chicken Sandwich, that takes the delectable Three Yellow Chicken, and turns it into a hearty sandwich to feast on and pair with whichever beverage you desire.
Address: 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang
Open From: Mon-Sun: 12pm-10pm
Shady Acres is a well known spot on Peel Street, and rightly so. The drinks are iconic already, but the food really elevates this gastropub to the next level. Shady Acres is an adult’s playground, offering burgers and hotdogs, and hard shakes and slushies to go with them to satisfy your inner child. If you want to explore Central but do not want to miss Shady Acres’ tasty menu and do not want to sit in, you can take your drinks to go.
Insider Tip: Try the lunch set menu – the carbonara in particular is a must-try.
Address: 46 Peel Street, Central
Open From: Mon-Sun: 11.30am-10pm
Note: Opening hours may vary due to current Covid-19 regulations.
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