Hong Kong ranked seventh in a global survey of city nightlife, with Macau not far behind - but both were rated less exciting than Bangkok, Dubai and Boracay.
The top 10 cities for nightlife, according to more than 113,000 respondents on Agoda.com  a popular hotel booking website, also included Pattaya and Phuket, Tokyo, Taipei and Bali.
The survey found that the Thai capital, Bangkok, was the most exciting place to spend the evening, with its vibrant mix of tuk tuks, food carts and temples.
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates took second spot, while the white-sand beaches of Boracay and nearby Caticlan in the Philippines tied for third.
Respondents praised Hong Kong for its eye-catching architecture and vibrant food culture, from street snacks to high-end Michelin-starred restaurants.
Macau was ranked ninth, with holidaymakers drawn to the city's sprawling casino complexes and unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture.
Outside the top 10, the next five were Osaka, Shanghai, Seoul, Singapore and Sydney.
A spokeswoman from the Hong Kong Tourism Board said the city's nightlife was varied.
"We do believe Hong Kong's nightlife, which is known worldwide for its excitement, can cater to the different needs and interests of visitors," she said.
"From fine dining to bargain-hunting at night street markets, enjoying international arts and cultural performances, clubbing, horse racing and the world's largest permanent light and sound show, A Symphony of Lights, there is something for everyone."