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    First Bar in Hong Kong

    I'm making a lot of these 'First' threads, but most of them seem to be interesting to people, so...

    Anyway, What would the first bar you'd visit in Hong Kong be, now that you've got the years(?) of experience you now hold? I know everyone has their own favourite type of bar, wether it be a quiet fireplace Irish type or a pounding nightclub with techno music blasting, but let us know.

    Personally, I lean towards the former, but I've heard amazing things about the WooLooMooLoo rooftop bar in Wan Chai, primarily about the view, but supposedly good food and drink as well.

    And I'm sure there's umpteen Irish bars there to enjoy too, we're EVERYWHERE....


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    I think you'll struggle to find a bar with a working fireplace in Hong Kong!

    The only bar I can think of which has even a pseudo-fireplace is The Cannyman.

    A large factor in your choice will be how much you're happy to pay for a pint. Many places focussed on bankers with money to burn are now pushing $100 for a (UK/Irish) pint, which is rather outside my price range, particularly when local restaurant/bar type places will sell you a 600ml bottle of, say, Tsing Tao for $25.


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    Murphys Irish Bar in TST has a fake fire place, right next to Chung King Mansion.

    So many bars/discos/curtain bars in Wan Chai to choose from


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    Heh the fireplace is not a deal breaker. It was a stereotypical example of a bar extreme.


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    I don't think the view from wooloomooloo in Wanchai (If you are talking about the one in the Hennessy) is all that, it's kind of obstructed by central plaza.

    The view from kowloon looking back across from wooloomooloo prime in the One however is pretty spectacular and this is the first place i take any visitors although we eat there rather than just turn up for a for a drink. Aqua may be better suited if it's just a drink you want. There is a new wooloomooloo prime opened in the new midtown building behind Times Square and the views from this look fairly good if their website is anything to go by.

    Hooray bar in the World Trade Centre in cwb is also pretty cool.

    I guess the obvious answer to your question though would be Ozone if it's a clear night.

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    Depends on what you want - if it's a view then all of the above apply.

    However if it's the first bar I went to it would probably be the Beer Bay at the DB ferry pier (as I live in DB) in order to pick up a pint of G&T for the walk up to the Globe for a pie and good beer, followed by Trafalgar in Wan Chai before moving on to some of the more interesting establishments in the area...

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    All of the above suggestions sound pretty good, and I hope to check out a few of them to find the ones that suit me.

    What are the drinks in Hong Kong like? I've been watching videos that seem to focus on cocktails and shots in most of the bars they visit, but I'm more of a cider drinker, Bulmers/Magners/Strongbow/Stella Cidre etc. Are these common in most Hong Kong bars, or is it like the US, where you have to hunt a bit?


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    Quote Originally Posted by IreOlcas
    All of the above suggestions sound pretty good, and I hope to check out a few of them to find the ones that suit me.

    What are the drinks in Hong Kong like? I've been watching videos that seem to focus on cocktails and shots in most of the bars they visit, but I'm more of a cider drinker, Bulmers/Magners/Strongbow/Stella Cidre etc. Are these common in most Hong Kong bars, or is it like the US, where you have to hunt a bit?
    All Wanchai bars serve cider.

    A large % of bars on ground level in central will also serve cider of some description.

    I recommend the Globe as they have the largest selection of cider i have come across in Hong Kong however The Trafalgar in Wanchai as a large selection also.

    Edit - Ha i just noticed ive mentioned the same bars as Stu
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    Quote Originally Posted by IreOlcas
    What are the drinks in Hong Kong like? I've been watching videos that seem to focus on cocktails and shots in most of the bars they visit, but I'm more of a cider drinker, Bulmers/Magners/Strongbow/Stella Cidre etc. Are these common in most Hong Kong bars, or is it like the US, where you have to hunt a bit?
    Cider you say? I am quite sure there are a few specialist establishments in Wan Chai that specialise in Dickens Cider...

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xfzxesxk_Yo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor
    All Wanchai bars serve cider.

    A large % of bars on ground level in central will also serve cider of some description.

    I recommend the Globe as they have the largest selection of cider i have come across in Hong Kong however The Trafalgar in Wanchai as a large selection also.

    Edit - Ha i just noticed ive mentioned the same bars as Stu
    Great minds and all that, Trebor!

    As a fellow cider drinker I'd second the Globe and Trafalgar. A lot of places around have a Magners or Bullmers pump these days, and almost every bar has some sort of cider in a bottle so you should be fine.
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