Drinking, Dining & Dancing: Soho District’s Best Bars & RestaurantsWritten by Prasheena S
Whether you’re in the mood for a wood-fired pizza or a fancy cocktail, our guide to Soho District has it all. So kick back and relax with its endless entertainment, delicious dishes, and deluxe drinks.
The beating heart of Hong Kong’s nightlife, Soho delivers more places per square foot for a fun night out than anywhere else in the city. Starting at the south of Hollywood Road and following along Elgin Street, Shelley Street and Staunton Street, the neighbourhood is packed with restaurants and drinking dens to suit every taste, night and budget. So delve into Hong Kong’s most happening neighbourhood because it’s time to take your taste buds on an adventure with Hive Life’s pick of Soho’s best.
Best Restaurants in Soho
Fini’s Italian American (formerly known as Linguini Fini) brings a piece of Crown St, New York to Hong Kong with its extensive menu offering various insalatas, pastas, pizzas and more. Located on Elgin Street, Fini’s oozes an American vibe with stylish, retro decor, affordable prices and a classic, NYC-style menu that makes it the perfect spot for a post-work meal.
Insider Tip: Free-flow chicken wings and Peroni beer on weekdays from 5 pm – 7 pm for HKD 108 only? We know where we’re heading after work!
Address: 49 Elgin Street, Central, Hong Kong
Open From: 8 am – 10:30 pm
Indulge in an evening full of buzzing Vietnamese culture served up with a side of hip atmosphere at Chôm Chôm. Designed to emulate Vietnam’s popular Bia Hoi culture, which translates as drinking fresh beer on lively street corners, this Soho favourite brought to you by the excellent Black Sheep Group is as big on fun as it is on flavours. With its wide range of delicious dishes including Vietnamese Fried Chicken, Shaking Beef, Rice Paper Rolls and an extensive cocktail and beer list, its lively stoop is the place to head for plenty of after-work fun.
Insider Tip: Get the whole Vietnamese culture experience by sipping on one (or more!) of Chôm Chôm’s many regional Vietnamese beers.
Address: G/F Block A, No.58-60 Peel Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Open From: Sun – Wed: 5 pm – 10:45 pm, Thu – Fri: 5 pm – late
Pici is your go-to pasta bar for some fresh pasta made right in front of you, a welcoming environment and to top it all off, a fancy glass of Italian wine from their extensive wine list. Located on Aberdeen Street, Pici’s wide range of choices for starters, pasta and desserts will keep your tummy satisfied at all times. Head over to the pasta bar with your girls and you’ll see why Pici is a must-try!
Insider Tip: HKD 148 for Pici’s lunch special which includes one starter, one pasta and one dessert. What are you waiting for?
Address: G/F, 24-26, Aberdeen St., Soho, Hong Kong
Open From: Sun – Thu: 12 pm – 11 pm, Fri – Sat: 12 pm – 11:30 pm
Michelin-recommended from 2014 to 2018, Chilli Fagara is famous for its bona fide, tangy Sichuan cuisine. While its decor mixes traditional and modern Chinese elements for a welcoming space, its fiery cuisine is not for the faint-hearted. Looking for an unforgettable Sichuan experience? Look no further.
Insider Tip: The Sichuan-style crab, a Chilli Fagara forte, is a must-have!
Address: G/F, 7 Old Bailey Street, Soho, Central
Open From: Mon – Sun: 11:30 am – 3 pm, 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Casual French steakhouse La Vache brings all the Parisian bistro vibes to Hong Kong. Stylish and contemporary, it does just what it says on the tin – offering up a classic steak frites experience. With specials including trimmed entrecôte and a secret sauce, this steakhouse is where to head for an incredible, indulgent dinner.
Insider Tip: Pair your scrumptious steak with a glass of wine from La Vache!’s exquisite wine list (available here) that includes sparkling, white and rosé and red.
Address: 48 Peel Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon – Sun: 12 pm – 2:30 pm, Sun – Wed: 6 pm – 10:45 pm, Thu – Sat: 6 pm – 11:45 pm
Located straight off the escalator in Soho, Maison Libanaise brings Lebanese culture to Hong Kong with its flavourful menu delivering favourites from Hummus Shawarma to Lamb Kafta and everything in between. With culture spread throughout its three floors, a non-smoking, cosy rooftop, and an assortment of fresh-from-the kitchen takeaway items, Maison Libanaise works for both business and pleasure – and at any time of day!
Insider Tip: Got a junk party this summer sorted but not the catering? Lucky for you, the delicious Maison Libanaise has a perfectly designed junk catering package. Call up for more details!
Address: 10 Shelley Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Open From: Ground Floor: Sun – Thu: 11 am – 11 pm, Fri – Sat: 11 am – 12 am
First Floor: Mon – Thu – 12 pm – 3 pm, 6 pm – 11 pm, Fri – Sat: 12 am – 12 pm, Sun: 12 am – 11 pm
Best Bars in Soho
With an urban atmosphere, highly trained cocktail makers and plenty of drinks to choose from, you can’t go wrong at the Little L.A.B! Specialising in bespoke cocktails inspired by local flavours, your personality, and the mixologist’s feels on the night, this homegrown favourite also serves up creative bar snacks including Coca-Cola chicken wings, sweet potato fries and more.
Insider Tip: Make sure you head to Little L.A.B when you have hours to spare – its bespoke cocktails and innovative list are treats worth taking your time over.
Address: Shop B, G/F, 48-50 Staunton Street, Soho, Central
Open From: Mon – Thu: 5 pm – 1 am, Fri – Sat: 5 pm – 3 am, Sun: 4 pm – 12 am
An ode to Ernest Hemingway from its drinks to its old school atmosphere, this speakeasy, tucked away down a hidden alley in the heart of Soho, is a great spot for a pre-dinner drink or nightcap. The brainchild of 3 experienced barmen and one of the highest new entries on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list, it’s the place to head for a truly classy yet cosy cocktail experience.
Insider Tip: Try their innovative ‘Clean, Well-Lighted Place – 1993’ made of Rotovap roast sweet potato rye whisky, eggplant ink, smoked pandan vermouth, raspberry vinegar soda and onion ashes.
Address: No.37, Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central
Open From: Mon – Sat: 5 pm – 2 am, Sun: 5 pm – 12 am
With a retro 1980s vibe, groovy jukeboxes and an all-female crew, The Pontiac is a dive bar that carries the mantra ‘go crazy or go home!’ With nine exclusive signature cocktails including the ‘1980’s inspired Heinsenberg’ and ‘Kissy Kissy’, you’ll find yourself rocking and rolling the night away at this cocktail bar and all-round excellent place for a wild night out.
Insider Tip: Missing college? Have a go at The Pontiac’s jello shots!
Address: 13 Old Bailey Street, Central
Open From: Mon – Sat: 3 pm – 1 am , Sun: 3 pm – 11 pm
Located on the corner of Staunton Street, bang next door to the Central-Mid-Levels escalator, Staunton’s Wine Bar & Cafe is a popular spot for socialising. Whether it’s a mid-week or post-work drinks you delight in, Staunton’s is the perfect place for both. Bonus points for the wooden aesthetic and the glass windows which make it perfect for the classic combo of casual drinking while people-watching.
Insider Tip: HKD 68 for an Aperol Spritz, all day every day.
Address: G/F, 10-12 Staunton Street, Soho, Central
Open From: Mon – Fri: 10 am – late, Sat – Sun & Public Holiday: 9 am – late
Bringing the Japanese concept of hidden bars to Hong Kong, Nocturne carries over 250 labels of wine and champagne and a broad menu of 150 Japanese, Scotch, Taiwanese and bourbon whiskies. If you’re looking for a quiet night out to have a proper conversation with your friends, head over at 6 pm and drink the night away at this minimalistic, cosy bar!
Insider Tip: Head over before 9 pm to avoid minimum charges!
Address: 35 Peel Street, Soho, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon – Sat: 6 pm – 1 am
With an impressive range of beers, Irish whiskey, succulent spirits and lots more to choose from, McSorley’s Ale House is an Irish pub located in the heart of Soho that delivers exactly what you’d expect it to. With its old school atmosphere, head to McSorley’s to watch a match or just hang out with friends over some famous Irish beers. If you get hungry, the pub also offers an all-day breakfast menu and some appetizing bar snacks. What’s not to love?
Insider Tip: Happy Hour every day from 5 pm – 8 pm. Go ham or as the Irish say, Sláinte!
Address: G/F, 46 Staunton Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong
Open From: Mon – Fri: 12 pm – 12 am, Sat – Sun & Public Holiday: 11 am – 1 am
Openrice: Nocturne Wine & Whisky Bar
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