Travelers to Hong Kong may find it surprising that gay bars and nightclubs aren’t quite as popular as one would think, and the scene here is somewhat nascent in comparison to rival cities such as London and New York. But as the Hong Kong scene has grown, so has the number of gay bars and nightclubs. See our picks of the best clubs below.
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Located in a quiet area off Hollywood Road, this cozy and private gay bar in Hong Kong is a great community bar to relax, drink some wine, and listen to music with friends. Open since 2010, this long, narrow venue with an industrial feel gets busy early before crowds move on to other bars.
It can be hard to find, which adds to its privacy. The entrance is behind the building on Man Hing Lane next to Club 71.
Address: B/F, 65 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2332 6565
Hours: 6:30 p.m.–2 a.m. Happy hour till 9:30 p.m.
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Once known as Volume Beat, F.L.M. is a trendy club with two floors. On the first floor, dance to the disco music by a live DJ. If you're looking for something quieter, head to the second floor. F.L.M. is popular with the international crowd. It's busiest on Fridays and Saturdays from midnight to 3 a.m.
Access is via Queens Road. After 10 p.m., enter on Jervois Street. It's close to Zoo and WINK bars.
Address: 62 Jervois St., Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2799 2883
Hours: 7 p.m.–2 a.m. Happy hour 9–10 p.m.
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Located behind Times Square, Circo offers a great view of the Causeway Bay from its 22nd floor. Opening in 2016, this unpretentious, modern, and trendy gay bar in Hong Kong serves craft cocktails. You'll find live music on weeknights and DJs on weekends. Straights and internationals will feel welcome here.
Address: 22/F, Oliv, 15 Sharp St. East, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2892 8808
Hours: Sunday–Thursday 6 p.m–2 a.m. Friday and Saturday 6 p.m.–5 a.m. Happy hour till 8:30 p.m.
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Opening in 2014, this sleek bar serves premium wines, champagnes, and spirits in addition to exclusive cocktails. WINK is popular, especially on the weekends, with men in their 20s and 30s. You'll find a few women here as well.
Address: 79 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Hours: Monday–Friday 5:30 p.m.–2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday 8 p.m.–2 a.m.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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The New Wally Matt Lounge gay bar in Hong Kong is like the "Cheers" crowd gone queer. Popular with a slightly older and slightly more sedate crowd, the Wally Matt is geared toward those who prefer a friendly pub to a jostling dance floor. This lounge is the legacy of Waltzing Matilda, one of the city’s oldest gay bars dating from the 1950s.
Address: 152 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
Phone: +852 2956 1668
Hours: Monday–Friday noon to 3 a.m. Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m.–3 a.m.