Brimming with speakeasies, dive bars and street eats ripe to be enjoyed at all hours, nightlife in Hong Kong, China, is among the world’s best.
But, recently, a slew of wine bars have entered the fray, quietly making their mark on the city after-dark. Here’s where to find some of the best – before everyone else does.
Serving up some of the rarest cheeses by Les Freres Marchand (the world-acclaimed Marchand Brothers), deli-cum-restaurant-cum-wine bar Cochin Delicatessen is a stone’s through from Hong Kong, China’s, buzzy Wyndham Street and Soho districts. It’s like a little slice of France.
With everything from breakfast to share plates and full-blown bistro meals on the menu, friendly staff will gladly pair meals with drops from the extensive wine list. It’s five o’clock somewhere, right?
Where: 26 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, China
208 Duecento Otto
At 208 Duecento Otto, you could be forgiven for thinking you’d entered a portal to New York’s trendy meatpacking district. Located along the art- and antique-heavy Hollywood Road in Hong Kong, China’s, up-and-coming Sheung Wan district, the striking two-storey venue – a former meat-storage warehouse, as it happens – boasts a lively wine bar downstairs and a more intimate dining room upstairs.
The real hero, though, is the extensive wine list, which features drops from Italy and the rest of the world. Drinks come by the glass (starting at $12/$75HKD) or the bottle – meaning you have every excuse to settle in for the night.
Where: 208 Hollywood Road, Hong Kong, China
If the name 121BC sounds familiar, that’s because it is – a Sydney transplant opened in 2014, it’s the perfect combination of hearty Italian share plates and a remarkable selection of wines sourced by the establishment’s Italy-based sommelier.
Artisan wine are offered by the glass, while there are also vintages from big-name producers available. But, if you’re in town at the right time, it also offers a monthly wine-pairing menu that highlights dishes from specific Italian regions. Sign us up.
Where: 42-44 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, China
A little more “treat yourself” than “cash-strapped traveller”, the two-Michelin Star Caprice Bar offers a selection of wines from France’s Bordeaux and Burgundy regions alongside a cellar (literally) filled with artisanal French cheeses.
Located inside the swanky Four Seasons hotel, Caprice Bar is all glimmering chandeliers and crisp white tablecloths. There are a la carte and set-menu options available, but we know we had you at the cheese.
Where: Sixth floor, Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, China
With a focus on organic and biodynamic drops, many of the 200-plus wines at La Cabane are sourced from independent, family-run vineyards, many of whom the bosses know personally.
Stop by one weekdays for the two-course set lunch, which includes a glass of wine, and pick up a bottle or two for yourself from the cellar around the corner.
Where: 62 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, China
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This article was updated in April 2018.
Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.