Fab­u­lous drinks, fab­u­lous peo­ple: the city’s best gay bars

Look­ing for one fab­u­lous night? We’ve got you cov­ered.

HK Magazine - - PAGE 3 - By Xavier Ng

Circo

Tucked away be­hind Times Square, Circo is a breath of fresh air away from the reg­u­lar scene in SoHo and She­ung Wan, with a sweep­ing view of the Cause­way Bay cityscape. The cock­tail lounge is qui­eter on week­day nights; on week­ends it gets dancy, with in-house DJs and plenty of beau­ti­ful peo­ple. It’s also straight­friendly, as the bar be­lieves in in­clu­siv­ity rather than aim­ing to be­come a niche gay venue tar­get­ing a spe­cific group. The Crowd: Danc­ing queens on week­ends and party nights. 22/F, Oliv, 15 Sharp St. East, Cause­way Bay, 2892-8808, face­book.com/Cir­coHK

T:me

Located in a quiet al­ley off Hol­ly­wood Road, T:me is a cozy lounge for peo­ple to chill out and min­gle over a few glasses of wine and good mu­sic. This long, nar­row venue tends to get busy ear­lier than other bars. It also has an ex­tra sense of ex­clu­siv­ity and pri­vacy, as the en­trance is hid­den from plain sight: Look for the bar on the nar­row Man Hing Lane be­hind Hol­ly­wood Road, next to Club 71. The Crowd: Those who want to see and be seen. B/F, 65 Hol­ly­wood Rd., Cen­tral, 2332-6565, time-bar.com

Virus

Virus has been around for al­most two decades, and is prob­a­bly the old­est les­bian bar still stand­ing in Hong Kong. Al­though it has a long his­tory, the bar doesn’t feel old at all, as the cur­rent lo­ca­tion is ac­tu­ally only around a year old, with cozy, vin­tage yet stylish dé­cor. Chill and re­lax on the large couches in the main room, and have a sing off with the karaoke ma­chine in the cen­ter. Larger groups can also re­serve the air-con­di­tioned pri­vate bal­cony room. Feel­ing hun­gry? The bar also serves ro­batayaki as a late-night snack.

The Crowd: Girls, girls, girls. 4A, Win­ner Com­mer­cial Build­ing, 401 Lock­hart Rd., Cause­way Bay, 6180-6255, face­book.com/virus­barhk

Linq

A lit­tle bo­hemian bar on the stony steps of Pot­tinger Street, Linq’s won­der­ful lo­ca­tion (just around the cor­ner from Lan Kwai Fong) and charm­ing per­son­al­ity makes this bar a main­stay of the LGBTI com­mu­nity. Ex­pect lots of cute lo­cals, ex­pats and vis­i­tors at Linq, and when the party gets go­ing on week­ends the bar fills up quick and the crowd ex­tends to the stone side­walks. The vibe is ex­u­ber­ant and wel­com­ing, and ev­ery­one’s just look­ing to have a good time. Linq also hosts reg­u­lar happy hours and DJ nights to get the crowd go­ing. The Crowd: Cen­tralites and the chilled-out crowd. G/F, 35 Pot­tinger St., Cen­tral, 2971-0680, face­book.com/Lin­qWineBar

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