Central Bars & Nightlife
Neo Cocktail Club
10 Shin Hing St., Central
A little less sparkly than some of the other bars in Hong Kong, Neo has a cool '60s vibe, with retro furniture, a foosball table, and a pinball machine. The menu, too, is a bit more cocktail bar than full-on club, with a selection of vintage-inspired craft cocktails. This is still Hong Kong, though, so expect a lineup of DJs after the dinner hour.
38 Staunton St., Central
Feather Boa is the kind of "secret bar" that you're likely to hear about: Their specialty is fresh strawberry daiquiris made to order, and they have become somewhat legendary for it. Like a classic speakeasy, the exterior is unremarkable, but the décor inside is fitting of this former antiques shop. They have an occasionally enforced members-only rule—not surprisingly, it's less likely to be enforced earlier in the evening.
The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St., Central
Opened in 1967, Dragon-i is somewhat of a Hong Kong institution at this point—since it's a favorite for expats and tourists, it's an easy place to ease into Hong Kong's club scene. The interior (designed by India Mahdavi, who was also behind the stunning pink gallery at Sketch in London) has a stereotypically Chinese aesthetic, with red lanterns hanging above the always-packed dance floor. The music program is handled by Chris Samba, a former Arsenal soccer player who both DJs himself and packs the schedule with some of the best acts in Hong Kong.
32 Wellington St., Central
The KEE Club is another worthwhile members-only club to visit. Try to go with a friend who is a member, or twist a concierge’s arm. The space is set up like an elegant old house with a lounge, game room, library, dining room, and salon.
39-43 Hollywood Rd., Central
This is the kind of teeny club you end up stumbling into late at night and end up having a great time. The vibe is great and the list of cocktails long and fun, and the dance floor is always packed.
Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Rd., 25th Floor, Central
The sprawling and always bustling Sevva takes up the entire top floor of the Landmark Prince building (which is, incidentally, a great spot for shopping—the three-floor flagship Chanel China store is there). The terrace wraps around the entire building, so you get a pretty epic view of the Hong Kong skyline in every direction. The signature cocktails are great on their own, but if dinner is wrapped, supplement with a slice of one of Ms. B's famous cakes.