Author: Katrina Lau
Craft beer fanatics, listen up! We have rounded up the best places for you to sample great quality beers, both homegrown and from overseas. The next time you’re feeling thirsty, drop in on some of these top craft beer bars in Hong Kong.
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Inspired by Cantonese culture and Chinese mythology, Moonkok is the first in Hong Kong to combine craft beer with dim-sum and local snacks. From draft beer fresh off the tap, Moonzen classics to speciality brews, there’s a perfect glass for everyone. This newly opened taproom also offers local snacks and fusion bites like sweet and sour pork tacos. Pu’er tea-infused Black Lager, anyone?
Moonkok, 88 Shantung Street, Mong Kok, 2869 8099
Once You Go Craft
Tucked away in Tai Kok Tsui, the compact yet cosy Once You Go Craft might just be the smallest bar in Hong Kong. With beers ranging from malty and robust tones to sweet and citrusy notes, its wide spectrum of tastes is set to surprise your tastebuds. Try out its house brand IPA, fruity fresh and perfect for the summer.
Once You Go Craft, 24 Pok Man Street, Tai Kok Tsui, 6139 4536
The Ale Project
The Ale Project, TAP in short, gives you the best of both worlds. Serving traditional staples and local innovations, its 18 taps of craft beer shift around every month, so you’ll never get bored. Situated on the outskirts of Mong Kok, TAP is not the typical pretentious craft beer bar, but rather a friendly and hearty local hub for ale enthusiasts.
The Ale Project, multiple locations including 15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, 2468 2010 and Unit 302, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Street, Tsuen Wan, 2331 2621
On the same street as The Ale Project, you’ll find Cheers. Despite Mong Kok’s blooming craft beer scene, Cheers stands out from its neighbours, serving a range of uncommon beers and prized treasures from Hong Kong’s breweries, as well as imported bottle drafts. Follow the bar on Instagram so you won’t miss out its exclusive seasonal specials.
Cheers The Tap Room, G/F, 13 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, 2341 5999
Ashley Road was once a familiar party zone for Hong Kongers, and Kowloon Taproom is situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, making it a convenient spot for sampling the best brews the city has to offer. The bar is open and chill, perfect for an after work catch up with your pals. But, be prepared for a crowd as the bar is always packed with loyal fans.
Kowloon Taproom, G/F, 17-19 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2861 0355
Second Draft is one of the many photogenic and hearty spots in the hippie neighbourhood of Tai Hang. With interiors resembling old Hong Kong and the ferry pier, it serves up to 26 taps, ranging from local craft brews to English ales and Belgian style beers. It also offers an East-West fusion menu curated by chef May Chow, where you will find local flavours with a Western touch.
Second Draft, 98 Tung Lo Wan Road, Tai Hang, 2656 0232
Zhang Men Brewing Company
All the way from Taiwan, Zhang Men has brought its house brews to Hong Kong. The Taiwanese drafts are served alongside local creations by Young Master and foreign ales from Belgium and North America. The bar greets you with its impressive wall of drafts on tap, and if you are overwhelmed by the amount of choices, might we recommend the house platter of six variations?
Zhang Men Brewing Company, 64-66A Kimberley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2656 1515
We’ve found the happy hour spot for you beer-lovers – it’s always a hoppy time at Hoppy Junction. This down-to-earth bar is perfect for an easy drink with your friends as you catch up over renowned local brews such as Gweilo Beer, Carbon Brews and Hong Kong Whistle. The bar also features special editions and one-off batch beers, freshly prepared by the city’s homegrown breweries.
Hoppy Junction, Shop G, G/F, Man Hee Mansion, 2-12A Johnston Road, Wan Chai, 2555 1838
Fans of Young Master Brewery, you’re in for a treat. Another taproom by Young Master, Alvy’s boasts a rotating selection of 14 craft beers on tap. Apart from the vast variety of ales, make sure you don’t miss out its adventurous pizza menu and appetisers inspired by street foods. The classy interior resembles a downtown bar in New York, teleporting you to a crowded street corner in Brooklyn and bringing a piece of the Big Apple to K-Town.
Alvy’s, 8 Holland Street, Kennedy Town, 2312 2996
Coedo Taproom Hong Kong
Drink craft beer the Japanese way at Coedo. This award-winning brewery was founded by a Japanese family in the 1970s and is known for its painstaking attention to the smallest details. Here, experienced brewmasters and artisans offer you uniquely Japanese craft beers, ranging from the traditional golden pilsner to the crimson imperial amber made with Kintoki sweet potatoes.
Coedo Taproom Hong Kong, Shop C, G/F, 50-56 Paterson Street, Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2619 9011
Feature image courtesy of Second Draft