When the sun goes down, Hong Kong comes alive. From intimate lounges to multilevel nightclubs, the after-dark offerings here are enough to satisfy even the biggest night owls. Want to make an appearance at the best local parties? These six spots will put you in the center of the action.
The Scoop: This ultra-underground club has been a fixture on the Hong Kong scene for years, but now it’s all spruced up and in a new Sai Wan location.
The Scene: XXX was initially created as a Euro-centric alternative to Hong Kong’s red-rope spaces, and the vibe hasn’t changed with the new incarnation. Expect to find trend setters dancing all night to house, techno and electro.
The Scoop: Of course, XXX’s original location hasn’t disappeared. It’s now home to Lucas Luraka’s Premium Club, another fresh take on the mainstream LKF clubs.
The Scene: Premium shares a general point of view with XXX, but that’s where the similarities end. Here, the atmosphere is decidedly French — owing to Luraka’s heritage — and the sounds vary from acid house to northern soul and everything in between.
The Scoop: Welcome to the heart of LanKwai Fong. Perched atop the seriously chic Hotel LKF, Azure offers two floors of club-going paradise in a neighborhood that loves the nightlife.
The Scene: You’ll find different atmospheres on each level. For a laid-back night, hang out downstairs with the comfy couches and ambient jams. If you’re in the mood to dance ‘til dawn, head upstairs for house music and all manner of late-night revelry.
The Scoop: If you want to use your credit card to rack up some Asia miles in HK, MO Bar is the place to do it. This VIP-worthy lounge is glam as all get out, and the cocktails are constructed of the best ingredients.
The Scene: MO Bar is located inside the Mandarin Oriental, so it’s an interesting mix of tourists and scene-spotting locals. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities; they’ve been known to make an appearance.
The Scoop: XXX and Premium aren’t the only underground games in town. Volar offers a similar atmosphere with a slightly quirkier edge.
The Scene: Once you get inside Volar’s tangle of rooms, you’ll find a youthful, ultra-hip clientele dancing to everything from hip-hop hits to electro classics.
The Scoop: We can sum up Aqua Spirit in four little words: drinks with a view. Hong Kong’s vast skyline is the main event here, and the enormous windows offer an unbeatable opportunity to scope the sights.
The Scene: The vibe at Aqua depends entirely on when you visit. During the week, its lounge atmosphere perfectly complements the must-try craft cocktails. On the weekends, however, DJ-fueled parties are in full swing.