Here in Hong Kong there is an overwhelming choice of places to meet up and grab a drink. Places like LKF, SOHO and Knutsford Terrace are filled with social watering holes. So, where is the best place to find a good bottle of wine to share with friends and maybe have some nibbles on the side? This article will give you a few options. Whether you are looking for a rooftop bar or natural wines, we will uncover some of the best spots to find some excellent wine in Hong Kong.
I want a drink with a view.
Rooftop bars are the way to go. Hong Kong offers many skyline and harbour views, here are my favourite rooftop bars that offer great wine and an vibing atmosphere to match the view.
2-8 Wellington St, Central
Surrounded by lights and away from the crowds (Photo credit: Hungry Hong Kong)
FOFO By El Willy is located in the heart of LKF. But the charm of this place is not only in its minimalistic décor, but the rooftop bar that can give you a little space and privacy amongst the hordes of people having happy hour drinks downstairs. The restaurant has long been known for their contemporary flare in Spanish cuisine, but the wine list is equally impressive. Serving mostly Spanish wines, it does have a splash of French and New World wines in the mix. You can choose to have food and drinks in their restaurant or retreat to the rooftop bar and enjoy the open space.
PERKS: great selection of sherry and Spanish inspired cocktails.
31/F, V Point, 18 Tang Lung Street, Causeway BayThis rooftop bar will give you an uninterrupted view of Hong Kong at its best (Photo credit: Vincent Sheppard)
High up on the 31st floor of V Point Tower in Causeway Bay is Alto. A modern establishment that serves a classic grill menu, the wine list has a selection of wines from around the world, New world and Old. So there will be plenty of options to choose from, whether you feel like sticking with French classics or if you want to try something from Chile, US or New Zealand. Their rooftop bar is stunning; you feel like you are standing on top of Hong Kong looking across the harbour.
PERK: Their weekend brunch menu offers a two-hour free flow option to be added to the menu.
I need options, a lot of options
Have you ever been disappointed with the limited range of wines at a bar or restaurant? These next places have extensive wine lists that will leave your head spinning. But they both also have sommeliers to help you out if you are feeling indecisive.
32 Gage St, Central & 9 Swatow St, Wan Chai
Warm and inviting, get lost in world of French wines at LQV
Specialising in French fare, LQV have not only opened two wine bars in Hong Kong but are branching out with a cheese shop (La Cremerie) and a butcher (Le Boucher Français) as well. But back to their incredible wine list, it is basically an encyclopedia of French wine. The menu is divided into the wine regions of France for easy navigation. However, if you do get overwhelmed by the choices it would be best to ask for assistance by their sommelier. Although they do serve a few wines by the glass, I would recommend ordering a bottle from the menu. They also host events where they pair seafood and cheese with wine.
PERKS: LQV offers a cosy and relaxed atmosphere, and all wines are served in the correct glassware specifically designed for the style of wine.
8 Finance St, Central
Perfect for celebrations and group dinners, can enjoy pre-dinner drinks on the terrace (Photo credit: Time Out)
Formerly Catalunya, a tapas bar and restaurant in Wan Chai, has relocated to IFC as new concept; La Rambla. The restaurant’s design is chic and spacious. The wine list offers a very generous selection of Spanish wines to match their menu of Spanish and Calatan tapas and mains. The wine list is divided by style and then by climate, which I thought was different and very interesting. La Rambla is perfect for small to medium sized groups to share some delicious plates with a bottle of wine (or two).
PERKS: terrace bar area to enjoy the view and an impressive gin trolley including 30 varieties of gin.
I want something different
Looking for a more interesting wine experience and not just your typical happy hour? I've found a natural wine bar that has settled itself in the vibrant Hong Kong food and drink hub scene. Also, a wine library to get your wine geek on.
62 Hollywood Rd, Central
If you are a fan of natural wines, then La Cabane is a must go
The best place in Hong Kong to find natural wines. They stay true to their philosophy with their tapas menu as well. Believing that simplicity is key in showing the natural qualities of the food and wine. The place is rustic and casual, perfect for Friday night drinks and exploring the natural side of winemaking. If you like their wines, check out their wine cellar just down the road, fun fact: La Cabane Wine Cellar is Hong Kong’s first natural wine cellar.
PERKS: No service charge and super friendly staff.
15 High St, Sai Ying Pun
If you want an intimate and friendly experience with wine, this is the place for you.
Premier Cru describes themselves as a wine library, specialising in Rhône Valley and Burgundy regions. The library has a portfolio of over 800 wines that are carefully chosen by Martin Perino the owner and his young and passionate team of sommeliers and wine lovers. Each wine they choose has a story that they are happy to share. They want each visitor to leave with some emotional connection to the wine, the library or the producers of the wines that they have just browsed the shelves on.
PERKS: A little outdoor terrace to enjoy your wine with friends, they also have a bottle open most days for you to walk in and taste.
So here are my choices of best places to drink wine in Hong Kong. I've got you covered from casual and cosy intimate drinks, or a dressier occasion for celebrations. The thing that all these places have in common is that they have an excellent wine selection that mirrors their approach to food and lifestyle.
Which ones will you be trying out? Or comment below to share your favourite places to drink wine in Hong Kong.