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9 Hong Kong Cafes That Turn Into Bars At Night

Enjoy a good cuppa during the day and come back in the evening for happy hour at these charming cafes and coffee shops in Hong Kong (Photo: @rest.gin.coffee/Instagram)
By Helen Yu

By Helen Yu

March 29, 2021

Coffee shop by day and bar by night, these are the best cafes to quench your thirst as you wait for the bars to reopen in Hong Kong

Cafes doubling up as bar during the night is not a new dining concept. But it’s one that has seen a surge in popularity recently, mainly due to the dining-in restrictions brought by the ongoing pandemic where bars are forced to temporarily stop operations. 

If you’re an avid cafe hopper—and have already checked out all the cool places listed in our guides to cafes and coffee shops in Sai Ying Pun, Sham Shui Po and Causeway Bay—you’ll be pleased to know that our city is filled with plenty of hidden gems serving up a wonderful mish-mash of coffees and tipples to satisfy your drinking needs from dawn to dusk. 

From Instagrammable spots to the latest hyped-up joints, we’ve rounded up the best cafes that transform into bars at night to visit in Hong Kong. Offering alcoholic drinks that are as good as the specialty coffees you’re after under one roof, these cafes will make a perfect hangout spot to laze your weekend away with your friends.  

See also: The Best Cafes And Coffee Shops In Sai Ying Pun

Featuring large windows overlooking the iconic Hollywood Road in Central, black-and-white aesthetic and sleek concrete floors, this all-day dining and drinking concept by Cupping Room Coffee Roasters sets an Instagrammable scene for a great cafe experience. Brunch here is always a hit, whether it’s the scrumptious avocado toast or the decadent chicken and waffles—every dish is beautifully plated that will be a feast for your eyes and taste buds. 

Their drinks are no less impressive, serving a variety of teas, coffees, and of course, special cocktails, wines and draft beer to suit everyone’s tastes. Tatler tip: the cafe is always crowded on the weekends, so be sure to arrive early to secure a table, especially for those who’re looking to enjoy their meals at the window seat.  

Doubleshot by Cupping Room, 1/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49 Hollywood Road, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, +852 9225 6639; instagram.com/doubleshot.hk 

Serving up great classic coffees is often easier said than done, and Slash, one of the newest dining establishment joining Sham Shui Po’s vibrant cafe scene, executes them with dedication and elegance. Made using only fresh beans sourced from various countries such as Ethiopia, Rwanda and Peru, their finely-brewed drinks are offered to please the most discerning coffee drinkers in town.

Choose your drink from the simple menu that includes espresso, black and white coffees, mocha and lattes, and pair it with their homemade pastries such as cinnamon apple bacon toast and Basque cheesecake for a truly indulgent cafe experience.

When night falls, bartenders will take charge and offer diners well-curated alcoholic drinks on an appointment-only basis.  

Slash Coffee Bar, 107 Ki Lung Street, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong; instagram.com/slash.byday; instagram.com/slash.bynight

See also: The Best Cafes And Coffee Shops In Sham Shui Po

Sitting pretty in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Rest Coffee Gin is a bright and airy cafe that offers locals a pleasant environment to relax and escape the hustle of the city. What makes this place stands out from the crowd is not only its photogenic interiors—think concrete walls and a drink station adorned with an impressive collection of gins and tonics—but also its excellent beverages, gourmet food options and warm hospitality. 

Come here hungry during the day to enjoy their signature dishes such as Iberico pork sandwich and Sichuan chicken wings, and complement your food with a cup of house special drink for an indulgent meal. Aside from matcha latte and black and white coffees, the place cafe also serves espresso tonic and a great selection of handcrafted cocktails.

Rest Coffee Gin, Shop GF-04, G/F, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, +852 2697 8938; instagram.com/rest.coffee.gin 

Frequented by coffee lovers and hipsters alike, Coffee Analog is a stylish bistro tucked away on a quiet street in Prince Edward. Its wood facade and interiors, moody lighting and leather furnishings have made the cafe one of the prettiest dining spots in the area, and it doesn’t skimp on quality in terms of drinks offerings, too.

The menu is simple and straightforward, which includes coffee staples crafted with quality beans such as espresso, latte, cappuccino, cold brews, and many more to fulfil all your caffeine needs. They also offer a “mystery cake”, which is also known as a cake of the day, for you to enjoy while sipping a perfectly ratioed cup of coffee. 

Once evening hits, the cafe will switch to Malt Cask, a bar concept that features an extensive collection of rare whiskies from around the world that will satisfy any cravings for drinks. 

Coffee Analog, G/F, 169 Sai Yeung Choi Street North, Prince Edward, Hong Kong; instagram.com/coffeeanalog.hk

See also: Here Are The Cafés With The Best Coffee In Hong Kong

JMT Coffee is a Korean-style cafe-bar which serves up a range of unique brews and scrumptious light bites. A young half-Korean, half-Chinese man is the mastermind behind this trendy establishment, who is determined to provide a space for urbanites to unwind, eat up, and catch up with a few friends. 

Their house specials, including Baileys coffee and dirty coffee are must-tries; and if you want a nice refreshing alternative to a coffee, try the other popular creations such as smoothies and sodas. At night, the café will be transformed into a bar where a range of local gins is offered to impress diners. Don’t forget to pair your drink with their signature spam box and mozzarella sticks—we promise you won’t regret it. 

JMT Coffee, G/F, 19 Pokfulam Road, Sai Ying Pun, Western District, Hong Kong, +852 9483 5627; instagram.com/jmtcoffeeshop

If Nacasa’s Instagrammable interiors and dreamy Moroccan vibes aren’t enough to lure you into planning a visit to the cafe, its solid food and drinks offerings should do the trick. Here, you can order everything from classic coffees such as espresso and flat white, to their signature hand-drip coffee and a great selection of teas and a few mocktails and smoothies—all of which showcase the dedication the baristas have with serving the most premium brews for its guests. They also offer a hearty food menu packed with a wide range of Wester delicacies including pasta, burger and pizza that pairs well with their drinks.  

Every corner of the coffee shop makes for a beautiful opportunity—whether it’s the blue floral-themed table near the entrance, or the wooden staircase adorned with exotic patterns. If at all possible, come early in the evening and enjoy their exquisite cocktails and some shisha for some much-needed post-work respite.

Nacasa Cafe & Bar, G/F, 5 Wa Lane, Sheung Wan, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, +852 6287 8880; instagram.com/nacasa_hk 

Just when you thought the caffeine scene couldn’t get more saturated in Central, Dio Store comes in, bringing new energy to the neighbourhood with a novel coffee shop concept that transforms into a cocktail bar at night. Its black-and-white interiors and steel elements combine to fill the petite space with a cosy-chic vibe, offering a stylish setting for guests to relax in the afternoon over a brew or recline with a cocktail in the evening.

All their artisanal coffees are brewed with freshly roasted beans from reputed local coffee bean distributor Cotton Mutton. Their menu, though simple, are all hits and no misses, offering delicious cups of classic coffees such as latte, cappuccino, flat white, dirty coffee, espresso tonic, and many more. At night, it’s all about great drinks and conversations with friends at Dio Store, where a unique selection of coffee-infused cocktails will be served for your drinking pleasure.  

Dio Store, G/F, New Central Mansion, 8 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong; instagram.com/diostore.hk

See also: The Best Cocktail Bars In Hong Kong: 2020 Edition

Hidden away in an alley in North Point, Artistry Brewing Company is an oasis of tranquillity completes with plenty of natural light and lush botanicals both inside and out. Diners are welcomed to enjoy a lazy brunch, decent cuppa or evening tipple in a stylish setting, where you can expect to find a great menu featuring satisfying western dishes and finely-brewed drinks.

They offer an excellent sampling of all the usual suspects like latte, cappuccino, flat white, espresso and tonic, plus a selection of fine teas, cocktails, red and white wines, as well as locally brewed beers. Don’t miss out on the seafood linguine, signature steak frites and desserts such as carrot cake and Basque blueberry cheesecake as well.  

Artistry Brewing Company, G/F, Tung Fat Building, 43A Kam Ping Street, North Point, Hong Kong, +852 3619 7013; instagram.com/artistrybrewingcompany

Coffee aficionados should be no stranger to Interval—a cool coffee hotspot during the day and an elegant bar at night—which has been serving top-tier artisanal coffees and Chinese-Italian cuisine in Central since 2018. Now, the brand has blossomed into two new branches in Lohas Park and Cyberport with the same delicious coffees, libations along with even more impressive food options offered in tastefully designed spaces for you to linger in.  

Spanning 3,000 square feet, the Lohas Park restaurant has a theatre-inspired retail corner selling specialty coffee beans from Coffee Collective and a selection of natural wines curated by group sommelier Wallace Lo, who previously worked at Haku and Octavium.

Noteworthy also is the menu at the Cyberport branch, which focuses on seasonality, sustainability practices and live-fire cooking to offer diners excellent charcoal-grilled specialities, sourdough pizzas and dishes featuring fresh vegetables.

Interval, Shop 417, 4/F, The LOHAS, 1 Lohas Park Road, Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong, +852 2638 8904; 

Interval, Shop 207, Arcade Cyberport, 100 Cyberboart Road, Telegraph Bay, Hong Kong; instagram.com/interval_interval

See also: Interval, A Lifestyle Cafe By Twins Kitchen, Expands To Opposite Ends Of Hong Kong With Two New Locations