We don't condone smoking, but the water pipe (it could be milk pipe, juice pipe or even vodka pipe) definitely adds an element of fun to any chill night outs. Shisha (or Hookah) bars aren't a new thing but they might be a bit hard to find, as they all seem to be hidden in some corners or buildings... So we've decided to finally share our secret list of HK's best Shisha spots for your reference & bucket list!
You might have heard of their enormous shark tanks that line their walls, but we are more attracted to their outdoor area, where you can overlook the entire night view of central and Sheung Wan (look down if you are brave enough, you will get to see a bit of the LKF scene!) They have just added a total number of 15 flavours to their Shisha menu – We recommend the Lemon Mint and the Fruit Bowls!
21/F, On Hing Building, 38-44 D'Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Central
(852) 2686 1234
BOBA BEAR (photographed above)
Even though they don’t take reservations and always keeps a line outside their doors, we promise you this one is worth the wait. Boba Bear serves more than 30 kinds of flavours and they use natural coconut charcoal that last longer... Up to 3 hours! Also don't miss their VLT (or vodka lemon tea) that's sure to hit home for 'Kongers. P.S. Their second store is opening in Causeway Bay this September!
31 Elgin St., Central
(852) 2468 1525
Walk all the way up from Soho, then you will find this hidden paradise. Apart from their fine Lebanese cuisine at dinner time, we also find the night scene in Sumac equally appealing. You can spend an entire night here starting from dinner, followed by a drink or two after, then move to their bar next to the restaurant for Shisha, and more intense shots to finish up the night!
8 & 9 Glenealy, Central
(852) 2147 9191
On nights where you just can't be bothered to wait, why not just go across the street from Boba and go to The Tavern instead? A regular pub on the outside, they have much to offer, like fantastic happy hour deals ($20 drinks!!) and Shisha ready to kick start your night.
16A Elgin Street, Central
(852) 2526 7737
CLUB 28 @ CROWNE PLAZA (photographed above)
Located in the heart of Causeway Bay – Club 28 is the ideal place to go to for a break after shopping or dining. They only serve Shisha in the alfresco area – but worry not they've got plenty of space. Not only will you get to have a breath of fresh air to go along with that Shisha, but you will also get to spend some time overlooking the beautiful city from the top!
28/F, Crowne Plaza Hotel Hong Kong Causeway Bay, 8 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
(852) 3980 3300
There’s more than one option when it comes to Shisha in Causeway Bay. Actually, you might have even walked passed it many times without knowing. With friendly staff, great music, good Shisha and even better cocktails, there’s nothing else you’d need for a great night out in town. (P.S. They sometimes even let you to bring in your own food, shhhh...)
Shop 5, G/F, Haven Street, Leighton Road, Causeway Bay
(852) 2715 9773
Tsim Sha Tsui
One of the very few bars that started to serve Shisha way back when – Al Pasha led the trends with live Belly Dance and DJ performing every night. They are famous for their milk-based Shisha and fruit tea that comes in pots (we love their appletea!) They have minimum charge before 10pm on weekends – unless you are planning to go all in with your friends, we suggest you to go later!
401, 4/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 3122 4444
BE ON CANTON @ GATEWAY (photographed above)
Shisha on a stylish alfresco dining terrace on Canton Road, blend in the cosy environment with beautiful decors and LED lights – Be on Canton is another ideal Happy Hour place that offers resort-style dining, cocktails and aperitifs served with small bites.
Gateway, Hong Kong, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2113 0888
Ever wondered how it feels like to have Korean cuisine along with Shisha? Maru is a new fusion Korean restaurant in the centre of TST, with an outdoor area for Shisha and drinks. After filling up yourself with some Bulgogi, Japchae, and Bibimbap, don’t forget to try their Soju cocktails that come in jugs! (We are digging the Raspberry and Apple with Lemon...)
4/F, L and D House, 2-4A Cameron Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2368 4277
If you enjoy feeling the weekend party vibes with the crowd, Merhaba might be the bar for you. Located right on Knutsford Terrace, Merhaba is one of the busiest bars on the street. They have limited tables outside the restaurant for Shisha, so we recommend you to have dinner inside the restaurant first and ask them to move you outside for Shisha and drinks once it is available, it gets crazily packed on weekends!
G/F, Yiu Pont House, 12 Knutsford Terrace, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2367 2263
Named after the ancient Egyptian Sun God, RA Restaurant and Lounge is located along the bustling stretch of sea front bars and restaurants in TST East. Spend your night in the alfresco dining set in front of the spectacular panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and inspired Mediterranean interiors while smoking on some wine-based Shisha. The traditional Middle Eastern music and belly dancers will certainly move your night along!
Shop 1, G/F, Wing On Plaza, 62 Mody Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2721 3600
Consistently recognized as one of the top open-air lounge bars in the city – Vibes is still living up to its name. Not only is it a gorgeous open-air lounge, they also use whole fresh fruits on your Shisha for an even smoother and sweeter sensation. Imagine yourself sitting back on a sofa and having a puff of your favourite Shisha, surrounding with beautiful and stylish decors – you’d be questioning yourself what took you so long to discover the place!
Vibes, 5/F, The Mira, 118 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
(852) 2368 1111
Written by Kelsy Li