In most cities, heading for pre-dinner drinks, then dinner and later perhaps a late night drink or dance is fairly straight forward.
In Hong Kong, even though the distances are fairly short, it can be downright dangerous for ladies in heels. Hilly streets, fractured pavements, unforgiving traffic and endless roaches mean that strolling just half a mile to the next spot can be treacherous, while navigating a full night out with cocktails thrown into the mix - is potentially a recipe for a visit to A & E.
Fear not though, Foodie has put together the best one-stop spots to save your feet.
Hands down the best all-in-one experience in Hong Kong this summer. Don your beach chic and head to Repulse Bay for a leisurely brunch at The Ocean. Spacious and light with panoramic sea views, dining here feels a little like eating on a luxury yacht. Staff are courteous and informative, every detail of the eight course tasting menu is perfectly executed.
After a few leisurely cocktails you can retire upstairs to Cabana on the roof terrace, where the Balearic vibe really kicks in. International DJs play club classics, the Japanese Onsen style barrel baths are filled with beautiful people, and there is champagne everywhere. Everyone is filming each other but the vibe is friendly and you can always book a cabin if you want some privacy.
For those that want to carry on, there's an often informal after party at Hotshot on the ground floor.
Come for cocktails, stay for dinner, drink all night on the terrace.
This restaurant in the heart of Central manages to give you all the things you want in once stylish place. It's a nice spot for after work drinks - high up away from the traffic and chaos of Lan Kwai Fong with quality cocktails and an extensive winelist.
The French cuisine by chef Philippe Orrico makes for a satisfying dinner and the venue boasts one of the best cheese selections in Hong Kong. Staff are attentive and extremely knowledgeable about what they are serving. If you want things to carry on - head up to the terrace - where essentially the night ends when you stop drinking. Expect to roll home as dawn breaks if you're not careful.
There are many places in Wan Chai where you can go to lose yourself for a few hours, but this gorgeous spot high up in the QRE Plaza is an absolute must.
The cocktails are potent so heading for a few afterwork drinks can easily descend into something more hedonistic. Vinyl records line the wall and the dining is mostly sharing plates, all adding to the home from home atmosphere. Then when the DJs begin working their magic you'll either want to sink into your sofa and soak it in, or get up and dance the night way. Whichever one you choose...it's going to be a late finish.
Join the club or make friends with someone who is - as this place cool drinks and plates to share but also an array of events to suit the kind of night out you are seeking. There are wellness nights and supper clubs, as well as book launches and bartending events - plus of course world class DJ's that will keep you on your toes till the early hours. Full marks for service and ambience. But it's relocating soon, so you've not got long before it changes for good.
A great night out but book well in advance for the weekend. Take a date you want to impress, or just enjoy a girls' night out with quality food and excellent cocktails. The menu is inventive and dishes top quality but the portions are small - order at least six plates for two people. The decor is Cool Britannia meets Hip Hong Kong and the lighting and styling has a hint of New York dive bar. The promise of debauched night is never far away…the cupboards are full of fancy dress (casually) outfits and swings descend from the ceiling at the witching hour.
Salon No. 10
There is something quite special about Salon No. 10 - the fact that it's a little walk up from the bawdy, noisy LKF strip acts as some sort of clientele filter. Tucked away on Arbuthnot Road this place has a bountiful cocktail list, a relaxed vibe, and occasionally hosts performances. Magicians, musicians - expected to be surprised. The decor is eccentric and the crowd is eclectic, making for a very cool night out. It's perfectly possible to meet a stranger at the bar at 7pm, insist you are just having a couple of drinks after work, and be firm friends (and in the same spot) at 2am.