Fabulous drinks, fabulous people: the city’s best gay bars
Looking for one fabulous night? We’ve got you covered.
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
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 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
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