Your insider’s guide to Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s best craft beer bars

Say cheers to a new breed of beers

Words: Kate Farr

As the host location for Asia’s largest craft beer event Beertopia, Hong Kong is rapidly gaining ground as a brew-lovers’ hub. Join us in bidding farewell to warm fizzy lager and say cheers to a new breed of complex and sophisticated ales, porters and stouts – many of which are brewed right here in the SAR. We take a look at five of the best spots to sink that perfect pint.

The Globe
The granddaddy of Hong Kong craft brew pubs, The Globe has all the trappings of a classic British watering hole, right down to its rustic blonde wood interior and comfy seating that positively invites you to stay for just one more drink. But let’s be honest, The Globe’s real draw is its encyclopaedic menu of draught and bottled beers sourced from around the world, including plenty of local brews. The beer menu is helpfully categorised by brew type (lagers, pilsners, white and red beers, and stouts, to name but a few), and the pub’s friendly staff are always on hand to give recommendations to anyone feeling overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choice here. Top tip: save room for the most authentic pie and mash you’ll find outside the British Isles.

Garley Building, 45-53 Graham Street, Central, +852 2543 1941
theglobe.com.hk

The Trafalgar Brewing Company
Boasting no less than 14 draught beers on tap at any one time, The Trafalgar Brewing Company is Hong Kong’s largest brew pub and is another excellent spot with a strong commitment to real beer, featuring hard-to-find-in-HK brands such as Charles Wells, Badger and Timothy Taylor. As their name suggests, The Trafalgar Brewing Company also brew four of their own beers on-site – Victory Ale, Hops And Glory IPA, Kiss Me Hardy Stout and Golden Mushroom Lager –described by owner Sam Tam as “your best buddy during a sweaty summer night out”! Away from the ales, this is an ideal venue for sports lovers hoping to catch their game of choice, as live sport is streamed year-round.

Shop 10, 1/F Brim 28, Wan Chai, +852 3102 9438
facebook.com/trafalgar.brewing.co

Little Creatures
With origins in Western Australia and a stated mission to “make better beer with greater consistency each and every day”, you can be confident that Little Creatures is the real deal when it comes to craft brewing. The airy, spacious bar serves an excellent menu of sharing plates and pizzas, as well as a popular weekend brunch that’s designed to pair with – what else? – beer. As self-confessed lovers of hoppy brews, the enthusiastic and knowledgeable bar staff serve up a curated selection of house label beers, including the signature Pale Ale, full-flavoured Pilsner and an Australian Bright Ale. Aside from the menu staples, Little Creatures’ House Brew is changed on a regular basis, so you always have a reason to return.

5A New Praya, Kennedy Town, +852 2833 5611
littlecreatures.hk

TAP – The Ale Project
Cross the harbour to Kowloon, and you’ll find TAP – The Ale Project to be the epitome of a cosy, laidback neighbourhood taproom. True to its name, the bar always has a tempting selection of both local and international draught, bottled and canned beers, while a browse through the menu turns up plenty of interesting finds by lesser-known global craft ale specialists such as the American Deschutes Brewery, Denmark’s Mikkeller and Australia’s Pirate Life Brewery. If you prefer to drink local, TAP stock a full range of Hong Kong-made beers by local breweries Young Master Ales, Black Kite, and Heroes Beer Company. Meanwhile local eats take the form of an excellent range of Chinese-inspired sandwiches, including the must-try siu yuk Cubano with Chinese pickles, served on fresh bread supplied by the closest thing Hong Kong has to a celebrity baker, Gregoire Michaud.

15 Hak Po Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon, +852 2468 2010
facebook.com/thealeproject

The Roundhouse
With two Hong Kong Island locations pouring interesting craft beers that pair perfectly with tasty Southern-fried chicken (Wan Chai) and authentic Texan BBQ (Central) menus, The Roundhouse has become something of an institution since it opened back in 2013. The bar always has a good selection of both imported and local beers available on draught, including the ever-popular Cereusly IPA by Heroes Beer, and American IPA courtesy of Kowloon Bay Brewery. However, manager Demilo Torrente stresses that the selection is changed frequently to keep things interesting for regular patrons, so check with staff to find out about the latest brews on tap. With a laidback friendly vibe, excellent bar food and two convenient locations, you really can’t go wrong with a pint or two at The Roundhouse.

The Roundhouse – BBQ + Beer, 62 Peel Street, Central, +852 2366 4880
The Roundhouse – Chicken + Beer, 29 Amoy Street, Wan Chai, +852 2866 3199
roundhouse.com.hk

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