Calling all true vino lovers out there! If you’re in Hong Kong and looking for quality wines – be it of the natural variety or otherwise – we got you covered with our list of the best wine bars to visit while in the area. Whether it’s for a date or a breather after work, there’s surely one place to wine and dine for a mood of any kind.
French It Up With Le Quinze Vins
It’s a cheap getaway to France at Le Quinze Vins with their well curated selection of French wines, cheese & meats. With a long list of over 1000 labels, take your pick between easy-going table wines and rare vintage variants. We have word of mouth that their staff are usually friendly and knowledgeable, so if you’re feeling intimidated or want assistance in filtering down the options, don’t hesitate to approach them for help.
Le Quinze Vins is located at 118 Caine Road, Mid-levels, p. +852 2191 9111; 32 Gage Street, Central, p. +852 2652 0588; 9 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, p. +852 2673 7636. Opening hours differ across outlets, visit their website for more information.
Go Natural At La Cabane
With a unique focus on sustainability, La Cabane offers a specially curated collection of wines from small artisan growers with more than 100 non-interventionist wines, from bubbly to whites to sweet wines (full list here). We can’t forget their constantly-rotating menu of authentic French bites to pair with your glass of wine: try their platters of hand-sourced charcuterie and artisan seasonal cheese for the ultimate experience. If you’re looking for more than a glass, check out La Cabane Wine Cellar just down the street.
La Cabane Wine Bistro is located at 62 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, p.+852 2665 6070. Opens Mon-Sat 12pm-late, Sun 5pm-12am.
121BC For All Things Italian
It’s no surprise that 121BC makes the list; they were The Bar Awards Hong Kong 2017’s Best Wine Bar. A two-in-one Italian restaurant and wine bar, diners can expect hand-made Italian food paired with self-imported natural wines. With over 100 bottles of Italian labels to choose from, we like that we can get regional-specific wines made from native grape varieties at 121BC.
121BC is currently relocating to Hollywood Road, check their website here for location updates. Contact them at +852 2395 0200 or visit their Facebook page for more information.
Simple and No Frills: Fineprint
Coffee by day, drinks by night. Known to be one of Hong Kong’s best espresso & wine bar, Fineprint looks unassuming with its small and cosy hangout area. The Australian-style bar might be more well-known for their coffees and brunches, but check out their comprehensive range of fizz, whites, and reds wines to satisfy your cravings (menu here). Visiting during Happy Hour will nab you another glass of house wine free when you buy one.
Fineprint is located at 38 Peel Street, Central, and 1 Lily Street, Tai Hang. Opens Mon 6am-6pm, Tue-Wed 6am-10pm, Thu-Sat 6am-12am, Sun 8am-6pm.
Locals’ Pick: Tapas And Wine At Enoteca
Enoteca serves hearty Italian plates in a relaxed and homely setting. Not to forget the wide selection of reds and whites, on top of Sangrias and gin cocktails. This 50-seater place gets so crowded that reservations are required on weekends. Staying true to the Italian Mediterranean tradition, it’s an unpretentious place for casual hangouts in the heart of Central.
Enoteca is located at G/F, 47 Elgin Street Soho, Central, Hong Kong, p. +852 2525 9944. Opens Mon-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat-Sun 11am-1am.
Just Opened: The Shady Acres
This newly-opened wines and spirits bar is already turning heads and bringing in the hordes – which can be attributed to their fine wines, stiff drinks and promises of good times. Independently owned, and managed by a small team, you can get the real deal here with their delectable bar bites and astonishingly large selection of drinks. Oh, it’s walk-ins only at The Shady Acres, so get there early to secure your seats.
The Shady Acres is located at 46 Peel Street, Central. Open daily 5pm to 2am. Check out their Facebook page here.
For The Classics: James Suckling Wine Central
Founded by well-known wine critic, James Suckling Wine Central is a must-visit for all wine lovers. Offering only the cream of the crop – wines with ratings of 90 and above – they serve around 300 wines by the glass, and that’s on top of daily tastings and wine events lead by their experienced team of sommeliers. It’s one of the best places to taste and learn all about the top wines of the world.
It’s an intimate affair at Nocturne, a small bar located in the Soho area that’s dedicated to fine wine and whisky. Showcasing more than 250 different labels of wine and champagne, they also offer a broad selection of whiskies, ranging from Japanese to Scotch and Bourbon. Relax with their soft jazz music and minimalistic interior – a rare oasis from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
Nocturne is located on 35 Peel Street, Soho, Hong Kong. Opens Mon-Sat 6pm-1am, closed on Sundays.
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