Popular with a slightly older and slightly more sedate gay crowd, the Wally Mat is aimed at those who prefer a friendly pub to a jostling dance floor. The ‘New Wally Mat Lounge, as it’s now called, is the legacy of Waltzing Matilda, one of the city’s oldest gay bars dating from the 1950’s. Somewhat bizarrely, it’s now billing itself as Hong Kong’s only internet gay bar, thanks to the addition of a computer with free internet access.
The most mainstream of the bars and clubs above, Club 97’s prime position in Lan Kwai Fong attracts a mixed crowd of beautiful people sipping champagne and discussing Ferraris. Music is a mix of chart hits with appearances from the occasional star DJ. Friday night from 6pm-10pm is gay night, which often includes a drag show and always draws in a heaving crowd.
Formerly “Explode Bar & Karaoke”, X-Bar is a funky karaoke bar. Main room is open for everyone to take their turn at the microphone. Separate VIP room can be booked for private events. Open nightly from 9pm.
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The theme here is all about taking time out to relax and enjoy a drink or two with friends. A long, narrow, glass-fronted bar with a chic/industrial feel inside. Tends to be busier earlier in the evening than other bars. Find the entrance at the back of the building on Man Hing Lane.
Rice is a popular gay bar in Sheung Wan with a lounge area that sees a bit of dancing as it gets later. It can get very crowded at the weekend.
Their mission – to get gay Hong Kong dancing to some of the very best camp disco music and Asian pop. Chicken Feet Disco is held once a month – with recent events being held at Club Veto. See their Facebook page for full details of the next event.
Arguably Hong Kong’s hippest gay club, Volume attracts a mix of locals, expats and tourists all dressed to kill. Their Wednesday night welcome mixer is specifically aimed at visitors to the city, with one free vodka for everyone from 7pm – 10pm. Volume is a big hitter in the DJ department and manages to pull in its share of top draw names playing an eclectic mix of everything from trance to top of the pops hits from the eighties.
Feel like a party animal? This lion’s den of a bar has become a roaring success, attracting the party crowd intent on a great night out. Relatively small, but stylish black interior, fabulous cocktails and sizzling music make this one of the most popular bars in Hong Kong on Friday and Saturday nights when the crowd overflows onto the street outside.
Like most of the other bars in this area, Zoo is quieter during the week – especially on a Sunday. Regular special events. Check Zoo’s Facebook page for details. MTR Sheung Wan Station – Exit A2
Middle Bay Beach is the most popular gay beach in Hong Kong. When the boys need a drink or a bite to eat, they head for Bauhinia Beach Club. How refreshing. Free WiFi available.
the most famous gay club in town, Propaganda elicits mixed reports, ranging from those who have a cult-like devotion for the club to those who think it’s well past its prime. The crowd can be slightly mixed but is generally gay only, with both locals and expats keeping it crowded well into the wee hours, despite the large space. The house music is played at rib cage rattling levels, although those looking to talk can retire to the conversation room.
Lab is one of the longest-running karaoke bars on Hong Kong Island. Gay-popular and trendy atmosphere.
Déjà Vu is a boutique bar lounge tucked away in the middle of Soho. People, music, design and drinks make up this little mecca. The bar can be a bit difficult to find on your first visit. First, find 41 Staunton Street (a shop called Present). To the left are some steps leading down past a small Chinese shrine. You will find Déjà Vu on the right.
Run by the same folks as the much bigger and louder Propaganda, Works is a slightly more intimate affair with a dedicated cast of regulars. That said, don’t expect to come here for quiet night out, the DJ and the crowd are both loud.