Hong Kong is a city like no other on Earth, a concrete jungle where money talks, luxury malls overshadow traditional markets and skyscrapers compete with mountains as they both reach for the sky.
The LGBT movement in Hong Kong gained traction in the 1990s when many of Hong Kong’s first gay bars and sauna’s started opening – but it wasn’t until after the Leslie Cheung, one of the founding fathers of Cantopop and the first major celebrity to come out as gay in Asia, starting provoking controversy with his provocative performances and overt sexuality that the gay community here started to truly become visible to the public in HK.
Sadly the tormented superstar lept to his death in 2003
from the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong
but these only seemed to emboldened the local scene – and today Hong Kong’s gay scene is as thriving as the economy of this tiny territory. With a healthy dose of expat workers and international queer travelers from all over the world – it seems even today Gay Hong Kong is always evolving and morphing – meaning you should double check everything is still open and at the same address before you head out.
No matter what happens though, you can always guarantee delicious food, innovative cocktails, wild nightlife and probably the sexiest skyline on Earth!
Travelers to gay Hong Kong should not fear discrimination in Hong Kong as while legal protections are limited, society at large is generally very accepting – or at the very least happy to let you live your life while they live there’s. As we also experienced in Singapore, Hanoi or Shanghai – many gay Asian men find it difficult to come out to their friends, family or at work in some ways due to strong pressures to conform, which is our guess why the gay sauna scene in Hong Kong is perhaps the biggest in the world.
At night gay life in Hong Kong is vibrant and truly has something on offer for everyone, with all the bars and clubs centered in either Causeway Bay and the Central District entertainment zone (SoHo) on Hong Kong Island, Causeway Bay District of across Victoria Harbour in the Tsim Sha Tsui district of Kowloon.
If you’re not into dancing until the early hours, there are plenty of gay beaches in Hong Kong for sun-seekers to enjoy, though if you are really lucky your hotel in Hong Kong will have a pool and then you will never want to leave.
A city of vibrant traditions, breakneck speed, an iconic skyline and of surprising nature – a visit to Gay Hong Kong has something for every traveler, be it for a day, a week, a month or more..
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Attractions in Hong Kong
Obviously being gay does not define which attractions most of us will want to see in each city and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Hong Kong during the day!
There is so much to do here – but we found our favorite memories were wandering through night-markets, catching ferries to the gay beaches in Hong Kong and brunching in modern cafés before wandering through design studios and admiring the skyline. Still – it helps to have some kind of idea what is going on, so here are the best things to do in Hong Kong, according to us!
- Hong Kong Pride Parade – The biggest LGBT march in Hong Kong held annually in November. This parade is more than just a celebration of gay rights, but a push to further increase equality in a country where there is no legal recognition of any same-sex relationships and limited protection against discrimination.
- Gay Beaches in Hong Kong – While there is no official or gays-only beach in Hong Kong, there are plenty that attracts a gay-majority crowd. Almost everybody here is busy at work during the week but on the weekend you should try Middle Beach or South Bay Beach on Hong Kong Island or Cheung Sha Beach on Lantau Island. Pack your hottest beachwear to make all the boys thirsty!
- Victoria Peak – Weather you catch the famous funicular or take the bus, you absolutely cannot miss the chance to view the Hong Kong skyline from the island’s highest peak. We can’t use enough superlatives to describe how amazing it is up here.
- Lamma Island – Even in this crazy mega-city, you have an escape to nature right on the door-step and active gay travelers will appreciate the hiking trails, clean beaches, small towns to explore..and plenty of spots for shirtless Instagram pics!
- Hong Kong Dog Cafe – If you need your daily dose of fluffy, this uniquely Asian experience might help…but be warned. You will want to take them all home with you.
- Western Monastery – One of the least-famous monasteries in Hong Kong, this quiet sport is hidden in the suburbs gives you the chance to really experience the tranquil environment, both architecturally and spiritually.
- Hong Kong Disneyland – Sure it might not big as new as Shanghai Disney or as gay-friendly as Orlando Disney, but this cute will Disney is easily reachable with seven themed areas, short lines and enough magic to full an entire day. Don’t miss the Disney Paint the Night parade!
- Macau Day Trip – While Macau has more than enough to justify a trip of its own, if you in the area why not pop onto the frequent ferries and spend the day exploring Old Portuguese architecture and glamorous new casinos.
- Hong Kong Tourist Octopus Card – An easy pre-paid card used for just about everything in Hong Kong. Dining, shopping travel and more. Pick one up at the airport to make your life a whole lot easier, you will need it on the subway / MTR anyway!
- Ocean Park Hong Kong – Like Disneyland for grown-ups, this is an epic cross between theme park and a zoo – and we love it! Crazy adrenaline-pumping rides, relaxing aquariums, shows, and even a Panda if you want to ticket that off your Asia Bucket List!
- Head to the Markets – Hong Kong is full of bizarre markets, many of which you will stumble upon all by yourself. Our favorites were bargaining in the Ladies markets, or enjoying the Bird, Flower and even Fish markets which are oh-so-photogenic!
- Island Kayaking in Sai Kung – Something a bit different, it turns out HK really does have some great untouched nature and you can see it here on the coastline in the east of the New Territories. Once your done kayaking you can even go snorkeling or lie on a white sand beach with no one around!
- AquaLuna Evening Sail – A romantic evening sail on a traditional Chinese junk boat between both Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. Normally you can only see the Hong Kong skyline illuminated at night from one side of the other, so being right in the middle is something you will never forget.
- Ngong Ping 360 – A cable car ride across Lantau Island to visit the Tian Tan Buddha – one of the tallest seated Buddha statues in the world.
Naturally, a city the size of Hong Kong has plenty more to explore!
We recommend getting a full guidebook if you are staying for more than a night or two. It probably won’t have any information on Gay HK – that’s what we are here for – but it will have useful tips and an exhaustive list of the best attractions across Hong Kong to assist you on your fabulous adventure!
Gay-friendly and Gay Hotels in Hong Kong
As Hong Kong is one of the more progressive and gay-friendly countries in Asia, pretty much every hotel in Hong Kong can be considered gay-friendly and none of our readers will likely experience any issues here!
After all, being gay-friendly is not all about upscale luxury, but about providing friendly service and welcoming everyone with open arms! Hong Kong is a global mega-city with a shortage of space, so room size’s are smaller than almost everywhere else in the world – but as plenty of gay men know, it’s not all about size, but how you use it! We are talking about design, functionality and views darling!
Having said that, everyone likes to be surrounded by people with common interests, and as such there are a few well-known gay-friendly hotels in Hong Kong that are hot spots for gay travelers to stay – either because of their location near gay clubs in Central or their design and inclusive vibes.
The following hotels in Gay Hong Kong have all had glowing recommendation from gay travelers in the past, but of course, there are hundreds of other hotels in Hong Kong if these are not quite what you are looking for. Whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap place to crash after a night of partying or an ultra-chic designer option to sip cocktails and surround yourself with fabulous people – Gay Hong Kong has something for everyone!
Gay-friendly and Gay Luxury Hotels in Hong Kong
- Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong ☆☆☆☆☆ – One of the world’s most famous hotels – and the tallest in the world, the Ritz-Carlton offers unparallel views in which you often walk up above the clouds – modern design, a fabulous pool, and lavish bar. There really is no stay like it in the world and they sometimes run great promotional rates if you’re lucky. Located in Kowloon, we wouldn’t leave our hotel once we had checked-in!
- W Hong Kong ☆☆☆☆☆ – Our other favorite hotel in HK, the W Hotel is extremely gay-popular and is ideally suited for lover’s of funky design, skyline views, world-class service, and fun. Their lobby is a living room, the concierge ‘whatever whenever’ – this is luxury for a new Jetset generation that values uniqueness above all else.
- Grand Hyatt Hong Kong ☆☆☆☆☆ – An international renown chain who actively seek LGBT travelers, and this flagship hotel is one of their best worldwide. A 50 m heated outdoor pool, located in the heart of Hong Kong central and floor-to-ceiling windows across Victoria Harbour. There is even a health club with tennis/racquetball courts and a 24-hour fitness studio.
- The Upper House ☆☆☆☆☆ – An understated residence hotel which offers a refreshing contrast to the Big 5 star chains in Hong Kong. Refined, airy suites offer living areas, limestones bathtubs and rainfall showers – boys either skyline views or the greenery of Hong Kong’s Islands mountain. Bike rentals, yoga classes, terrace bar and trendy cafe to boot!
- Kerry Hotel ☆☆☆☆☆ – An oh-so-slick hotel with views over Kowloon Bay and Victoria Harbour. Its outdoor pool seemingly blends into the bay, and there really is nothing not to love here. Modern, trendy, spacious – A post-card perfect stay
- The Park Lane ☆☆☆☆ – A upscale hotel in Causeway Bay with modern rooms, harbor views, one of the best roof-top bars in the world and a calm almost natural garden space. Close to all the gay bar scene in Hong Kong, its a popular place to stay if you don’t want to be in taxi’s or the subway all the time.
- Hotel Stage ☆☆☆☆ – A posh hotel newly opened in Kowloon, but the rave reviews were enough to convince us to add it in. We love the chic, white design palette and homely vibes, it is all very Scandinavian chic and offers a softer approach than the typically bold and over the top hotels in Hong Kong.
- Hotel Indigo ☆☆☆☆ – A sophisticated adults only hotel with floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views of Wan Chai, and plenty of small thoughtful details. Sleek with vivid art, this adults-only hotel even has a glass-fronted infinity pool and one of the best designer cocktail bars in Hong Kong. Centrally located, this is a very-gay popular hotel.
- Stanford Hillview Hotel Hong Kong ☆☆☆☆ – A modern design hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui’s famed Knutsford Terrace. Plenty of the cities top-attractions on your door-step, delicious breakfast, metro is 5 minutes away and free drinks in the mini bar. Oh, and the wooden design scheme in the room left us feeling right at home!
- TUVE ☆☆☆☆ – Centrally located chic hotel just hidden away from the hustle and bustle in Causeway Bay. Rough, unapologetically industrial design and rampant minimalism result in a hotel quite like no other. This hotel is nothing if not memorable, and maybe it’s too hip for its own good …but we love it!
Gay-friendly Mid-Range, Budget Hotels and Hostels in Hong Kong
- Butterfly on Wellington Boutique Hotel ☆☆☆ – Just an 8-minute walk from the Central MRT, everything is so close here we can’t believe they have set their prices so low. 80 premium guest rooms in modern Chinese style, it’s everything you could possibly want – and nothing more. But there are some many cocktail bars a stone’s throw away if you’re having problems spending all the extra cash.
- Harbour Bay Hotel ☆☆☆ – I bet this hotel won’t stay around for long as it has expansive views from its room yet budget hotel prices. It’s our bestselling hotel in Hong Kong and it’s easy to see why. The lowest category rooms are basically shoeboxes (like many hotels here) but if you pay a bit more to upgrade some rooms have huge windows on three sides.
- The Bauhinia Hotel ☆☆☆ – Another cheap and cheerful hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. A ten-minute walk to the nearest MRT station, cheap rates and a decent size room for Hong Kong. Fab reviews, excellent value for money and a nice purple theme throughout.
- Shamrock Hotel ☆☆☆ – A relaxed hotel with unassuming rooms in the Tsim Sha Tsui neighborhood. Sure the design offers far too bold colors and you won’t be snapping photos of your hotel room- but it’s cheap, in a great location and well located between airport and Hong Kong Island.
- Ibis Hong Kong Central ☆☆☆ – Our #1 choice for gay travelers looking for a budget Hong Kong hotel. Great quality, some of the lowest prices we have seen in Hong Kong and all the gay nightlife in HK is right on your door-step. Ibis even has some beautiful city view rooms and a free shuttle bus to HK airport, is it any wonder so many gay travelers chose to stay here.
- L’étoile de Mer ☆☆ – The capsule hotels are finally coming to Hong Kong and L’étoile de Mer is the first. Fully-automated with all the amenities of a big hotel like toiletries, pajamas, ocean-views and your own secure space (it’s just a lot smaller). If you’re only in town for a night or two this could be a fun / different option.
- The Mahjong ☆☆ – Hong Kong’s coolest hostel – and the only one with a large social round, hotel grade mattresses, and a funky design. Sure your about 30 minutes from Central and Causeway Bar but you will be saving a ton of money, staying in an authentic neighbor and connecting with lots of other travelers from all over the world. If you are on a budget, traveling solo and wanting to make friends before heading to the party we recommend you stay here.
Gay Bars and Gay Clubs in Hong Kong
With Hong Kong being one of the most gay-friendly cities in Asia – far ahead of even Shanghai on the mainland – you would expect an incredible gay nightlife scene, and luckily Hong Kong does not disappoint.
Depending on your mood you can find anything here from a relaxed cocktail in an upscale bar to an all-night dance rave surrounded by your queer family!
The main LGBT nightlife venues in Hong Kong are found around Central Hong Kong in Causeway Bay or in Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon. Check out handy Gay Hong Kong Map at the end to see their exact location – and how far they are from your gay hotel in HK. Due to rents raises, venues open, close and move here frequently so please check their social media before you head out, and update us if anything has changed.
- Wink – New, modern and spacious gay bar in Sheung Wan with finger food, fun events and occasionally drag shows. We loved the neon ‘We Are One’ neon lights and 2 for 1 happy hour specials.
- Virus – Now located in Causeway Bay, this is the most famous lesbian bar in Hong Kong – and a marvelous place to hang out with your queer sisters in cozy surroundings. Casual music perfect for chatting and meeting new people, they also have a fun ‘make your own cocktail; package.
- ZerOne – A fun gay bar in Kowloon popular with locals of all ages. They have karaoke, nice drink bargains and a homely vibe. It’s small with welcoming staff and frequent themed night.
- Bing Bing HK – A trendy gay bar on the 22nd floor of a building in Causeway Bay. Probably the biggest gay hot spot at the moment in Hong Kong with a local and young crowd packed in tight every weekend. Prices are significantly lower than bars in Central, nice views from the window and attitude-free staff. If only they would get rid of those tables in the middle of the dance floor.
- Petticoat Lane – A cool, lively LGBT bar in Central Hong Kong with a nice mixed crowd, outdoor spaces and fabulous drag shows which are among the best in Hong Kong. The free Vodka Hour and topless bartenders on Wednesgay Night are sure to cure your mid-week blues.
- BOO Bar – Calling all panda’s, bears, otters, cubs, and admirers – this popular gay karaoke bar in Kowloon offers cute waiters, daily happy hours with strong drinks and a hassle-free environment.
- Play Club – A LGBT-friendly nightclub with good music, good people and good cocktails. A large dance floor and world-class music system, this is a great place to party if you’re more interested in dancing that hooking up – or hitting the town with your ‘straight crew’.
- L’Paradis – The second lesbian bar in Hong Kong in South Tsim Sha Tsui – and more fun then virus if you’re into all night table-top dancing, themed events and beer pong.
- Zoo – One of the most famous gay bars in Hong Kong attracting big crowds that often spill out on the footpath at the weekends. Fabulous bar, plenty of wild events and a kaleidoscope of lights and lasers. It might be small, but this is your quintessential gay bar in Hong Kong to meet your queer family over fun drinks like Watermelon Mojito.
- T:ME Bar / TIME Bar – An upscale and very industrial gay bar which is perfect for an after-work drinks meet up or to start your night in sophisticated surroundings. The long bar ensures plenty of interaction and sociability so we found this was a great place to relax and meet new friends before heading out to the bigger gay nightlife spots.
- New Wally Matt Lounge – One of the oldest gay bars in HK though it’s moved a few times. Now in Tsim Sha Tsui its popular for cruising and cheap drinks, but Westerners don’t really come here anymore. Stop by if your area but with such a vibrant gay scene there are much better places to go.
- F.L.M – A popular gay club in Hong Kong which gets crazy in the weekend, and hosts fun bingo and karaoke during the week. A mixed international and local crowd with two floors so you can dance downstairs and talk upstairs. Fun drag and other events so check out their Facebook page ahead of time.
- Staunton’s – An unclassified bar which is very gay-popular. If you don’t want to head out after dark this is a popular place for expats and young professionals to meet on weekends, especially Sunday afternoons, for drinks for people watching here to the Escalators.
- Ozone @ Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong – If you just want divine cocktails, fabulous views and luxurious surroundings then you need to head to Ozone on the 118th floor. Perfect for a romantic sunset with an extensive wine and cocktail list – if you can’t stay at this hotel then at least pop up for a drink!
- Second Draft – A fun brew-pub with an extensive menu of craft brews, many of which were made in Hong Kong! High-Ceilings, vintage Hong Kong decor and a hipster crowd make this a chilled place to low-key hang.
- Skye @ The Park Lane – A happening outdoor sky terrace bar with unreal views and chic-futuristic vibes. The glowing blue neon, the surprisingly reasonably priced cocktails, and relaxed vibes make this our favorite roof-bar in Hong Kong…And we are not the only gay’s who think so!
Gay Spa and Man Massage in Hong Kong
Don’t care about the sights or simply want to take advantage of high-quality gay spas in Hong Kong? Then why not get a sensual male massage in HK – there are plenty of options! Here are two top recommended gay spas and male massage in Hong Kong options.
- B&J Men’s Club – A gay spa in HK for men only offering plenty of male massage options including body scrubs, pedicure, buck rub and hot stone.
- J2 Men’s Massage – A professional men’s spa in Hong Kong offering messages from highly reputable male masseurs with extensive Chinese and Thai massage skills.
- Dragonese Spa – One of the best male massage in Hong Kong in a clean, vibrant spa. We recommend the four-hands massage but you can also never go wrong with a body scrub and Swedish massage.
- Spa 17 – Spa and male massage in Hong Kong which offer to pamper and delights. They know how to match license with the right masseurs and even offer out-call services.
- W Bliss Spa – Located up in the sky on the 72nd floor of the W Hotel, this spa is a funky alternative to your normal spa experience and is going to be something you will never forget. They offer a specific programme for men focussing reviving your complexing through an almost scientific concoction and it left us feeling fabulous. All too often gay spa’s focus on simply relaxation so we loved that here we have left feeling truly transformer and feeling great – which translated into better success later on at night!
- Ritz Carlton Spa – Take some me time and give your skin some TLC in this indulgent luxury spa with inspiring views. They offer a fabulous coupe’s spa for gay men which is one of the most romantic things to do – sure it’s not cheap, but aren’t you worth it?
Gay Cruising & Gay Saunas in Hong Kong
Had enough of gay cruising in Hong Kong – either in the bars or elsewhere? For those who want a bit more guaranteed action, the gay saunas in Hong Kong will not disappoint you (unlike all those faceless Grinder accounts…) and are actually among the best in Asia – only rivaled by Gay Taipei
and Gay Bangkok
In such a foreign-friendly city you should have no issues visiting any Hong Kong gay sauna, but be warned that we have heard reports that older, hairy or chubbier guys being totally ignored in some saunas.
Gay sauna or not, in any sexual encounter, please take adequate precautions. No matter what your intentions are in Gay Hong Kong, you should bring your own condoms and lube to play it safe. Take home a hot guy or a hot memory, not an STD.
Besides, you never know what other fun surprises your trip might have in store for you…
Gay Saunas in Hong Kong
- Central Escalator Sauna – Also known as CE, this is Hong Kong’s oldest gay sauna and known for the large international crowds it draws – probably due to its location and friendly staff. The busiest times are weekend afternoons or weekday evenings. Small (which is actually an advantage with shy Asian guys) and a bit run-down but still a good time with a steam room, sauna, XXX room, jacuzzi and private cabins – plus plenty of young, hot guys.
- Jungle Sauna – Previously known as Hunter, this all-night 247 sauna in Kowloon is very local poplar and a popular place to go to meet young Hong Kong guys, though they are welcoming to everyone. A fun maze / dark room, infrared and steam room, private cabin and relaxing lounge. They have an indoor tanning be, but honestly who thinks premature skin aging and the risk of skin cancer is sexy anymore?
- Gateway Sauna – Newly renovated gay sauna in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island. Mostly Asian guys – either locals or visiting, but cheaper prices than other saunas we visited. About as glamorous as saunas get with plenty of private rooms, complimentary soft drinks and snacks., steam room and sauna, showers and a fun jacuzzi. Gateway Sauna gets our vote for the best gay sauna on Hong Kong Island.
- CHAPS Sauna – Previously a large, modern sauna but has since moved to an is now much smaller with sup-par facilities, a weird receptionist and not many guests
- Soda Sauna – Open 24 hours a day except for Monday nights, Soda is one of Hong Kong’s newest gay sauna and most the biggest dark room on the island. We liked the S&M facilities, friendly welcome, steam and sauna rooms, plenty of food and drinks, and hot guys who know how to get straight down to business.
- My Way Sauna – Nice gay sauna in Wan Chai with both steam and dry sauna and relaxing lounge. Naked nights on Sunday are popular with around 20-30 guys mostly in their 20s and 30s – but Western guys might find here they are not very interested and only get a groping out of curiosity.
- Big Top Sauna – A small sauna tucked away in a residential building in Mongkok. Mostly happening on Friday and Saturday night (like most sauna’s here) you can find a shower area with plenty of eye candy, small sauna, dark room, private cabins and plenty of locals. More ‘Asian for Asian’ for if you’re a Westerner it’s better to head to the ‘international Sauna’ on Hong Kong island.
- Gong Guan – Clean, modern and newly opened sauna in Hong Kong – but extremely hostile to foreigners. They try to make themselves a pace for bears, mature guys or panda’s but trust us, you’re not going to feel welcome.
- HuTong Club – A fun 24-hour sauna in Mongkok with jacuzzi, super dark maze, sauna, private cabins and open showers for more fun. Ultra-modern and very clean, this is out favorite sauna not on Hong Kong Island. Walk up from MTR Mongkok station Exit-A2 (Fife Street), look for the gate on the left of the shop “ iLightings ”.
- Colony Sauna – One of our biggest regrets was visiting this sauna in Hong Kong. With so many great places in the Hong Kong sauna scene, this is an outstanding disappointment with rude staff, dropping older locals, facilities that were broken or not available, dirty everywhere and not even willing to give us a towel. Maybe a management change in future could realize the full potential.
Gay Cruising in Hong Kong
- Rainbow Bear – A gathering place in Kowloon for bears, clubs, panda’s and otters to meet and show their love – with private rooms for rent, showers, TV room and cafe. Different themed nights like Nude, Chub or Stock – but it’s not that popular so you will probably end up waiting a long time for that perfect match. *As of 2018 we think Rainbow Bear has closed down – please contact us to confirm either way*
- Bird’s Men’s Club – A Cruise club in Kowloon where foreigners are welcome with private cabins, XXX rooms, showers and lockers. Conveniently located next to TST stations – but it’s basically a sauna without the facilities. Very sterile, simple and weirdly enough they have CCTV cameras installed.
- Arena – Hong Kong’s only Fisting & Fetish men’s club, run by the same ‘All Boys Club’ group as Gateway Sauna. Popular with old local HK guys with all-day nude parties one Tuesday and Saturday. Plenty of facilities to fulfill all your fantasies, even if Arena is a bit small in general.