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“This is one of the world's best bars, not a restaurant!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Captain's Bar

Captain's Bar
No.5 Connaught Road, Hong Kong, China (Central)
852-28254006
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Ranked #68 of 5,128 Restaurants in Hong Kong
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Indian, Bar, British
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Lunch, Late Night Food, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Late Night, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Central
Description: Keeping Hong Kong entertained for over 50 years, Captain’s Bar is a city institution. Popular with both guests and locals alike, it has been Hong Kong’s favourite after-work watering hole for decades. Enjoying a relaxed, cosy decor with red, wood and brass furnishings, Captain’s Bar exudes comfortable, classic style. Famous for nightly jazz performances and for serving draught beer in silver tankards—regulars receive their own engraved with their name—it’s the kind of place you stop by for a drink and stay all night. Guests in comfortable attire are welcomed throughout the day. After 5pm, ladies are kindly asked to wear elegant attire and proper footwear. Gentlemen are kindly asked to wear closed shoes at all times with smart shirt and long trousers after 5pm.
New York City, New York
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“This is one of the world's best bars, not a restaurant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

There are plenty of places in the Mandarin Hotel or nearby for good food. One doesn't go to the Captain's Bar for food (although there are things you can order to soak up the alcohol a bit, beyond the various nibbles that are automatically provided). One goes for the atmosphere (filled after work on a business day) and drink (the various cocktails are very well made) and, later at night, music and perhaps a bit of dancing. I've never had a problem with the service. We often met friends after work or stopped by for a late nightcap when we lived in Hong Kong, and a visit there now is not complete without a stop (or two or three) during our stay.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Noisy, crowded, bad service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Service is difficult, it takes 2 min to get a coffee... And what a coffee... better avoid! Based on the name I expected a fantastic atmosphere... Unfortunately nothing exceptional!

Visited December 2013
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“Still a great place for a drink”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Even now, the Captain's Bar retains something of the 'old' atmosphere. The pewter tankards are a nice touch. OK, it is a bit dark, but service is friendly, and not that expensive for a Far East icon. Excellent place for a nightcap, and it closes late!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Burlingame, California
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“Yeah Okay...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Honestly, I think it's in a great location...a lot of business types in there, but...yes a but...
a bit over-rated to me. I mean, what's the big deal with this bar ?? Unless you are the type that has to have that beer bottle or cocktail glass in your hand...all the time...

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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“GOSSY AND REFRESHING AFTER WORK.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

You are in one of the oldies and best kept secret. The Mandarin captain's Bar is the place to splash it out, and of course feel the wealth and old British Colonial atmosphere. Watch out the bar late night. Some prostitute telling you, they are stewardess blablabla... you could end up loosing your wallet and credit cards. The cocktail are excellent but try the wine bar, they have some fantastic vantage of all sorts. The men's room is spotless and the products are all top-end brand, Aqua de Parma soap, perfume and powered. remember to leave a five dollar coin to the poor old genitor chap, who's work there for years. It's fun and full of shallow people, pretentious 'nouveau riches' has-been, wanna be, and old silly brits who have stayed too long in Hong kong and can't even remember the UK, let alone been there in the past 50 years. Anyhow, you will enjoy it and the staff are extremely professional like all the Mandarin Oriental Hotels we have stayed around the world.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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