Haven’t visited these bars yet? Well, you have all the reasons to now. We suppose these are the best bars in Hong Kong then since they are on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2017 award list. From speakeasy molecular cocktail to casual neighbourhood watering hole, let us know if you think they really are the best Hong Kong has to offer!
Quinary has the sophistication of a speakeasy and it is one of the few places around town that does molecular cocktails, definitely something special. The bar claims itself as a laboratory and is missioned to adding twists to the classics, where new drinks may become tomorrow’s classics. It brings sensory experience and hence their name (meaning five – five senses that we use!).
Try their signature: Earl Grey Caviar Martini (HK$130), which blends globes of earl grey caviar with elderflower.
56–58 Hollywood Road, Central, +852 2851 3223
One of the most exclusive Wyndham Street bars that would remind you of an old British gentleman’s club, but is hidden down a dark alleyway. The secret vibe of an old-world glamour is complete with plush leather sofas, a scotch glass of whiskey and to bring out the essence of the Victoria era, a secret cigar room. Besides the irresistible sultry ambience, the reason why Stockton is on the list in two consecutive years (it even jumped from number 31 in 2016 to number 8 this year!), is probably because of their attention to detail and the amount of thought that goes into each drink.
Try their signature: Bajan Housewife (HK$140), a colonial throwback. An exotic take on mojito with Mount Gay rum and Falernum syrup both hai from Barbados, a former British colony. The tall cocktail charms with warm notes of ginger and cinnamon against a melange of mint, citrus and Angostura bitters.
G/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central; +852 2565 5268
Great Gatsby glamour best describes this sophisticatedly charming bar at Island Shangri-La. To the right of the entrance, a huge mahogany bar dominates the space, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two pre- or post-dinner. The quality of the live jazz music certainly sets the tone, along with the dark wood and dim lighting. Besides their drinks, be sure you try out their wide-acclaimed lobster tartare as well.
Try their signature: Rock and rye, the whisky sour is an intriguing mix of American rye whisky, honey, orange blossom, peach liqueur, lemon juice and house-prepared plum bitters, which have been infused behind the bar for a week.
6/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Central; +852 2820 8560
The Pontiac proves that it’s not just fancy bars that get to be picked on the list. Inspired by the neighbourhood watering holes of Portland, Brooklyn and San Francisco, The neighbourhood’s favourite bar establishes a relationship with each and every single one of their customers, so they become almost like a second family — albeit a slightly wild and quirky one. Having said that the aura of Pontiac is casual and easy-going, the bar only uses the most premium products from house up though. Their house vodka and gin, for example, is from The 86 Co. and Plantation 3 Stars is used for their house rum.
Try their signature: Bright blue Heisenberg slushie cocktail, which is made of Aviation gin, Bianco vermouth, blue curacao, absinthe and lemon, and is deceptively light.
13 Old Bailey Street, Central; +852 2521 3855
The Zuma bar is known to bring vibrant night scene to the luxurious Landmark in Central, with its sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese izakaya style of informal eating and drinking. Glamourous yet intimate, the edgy bar is designed by the renowned interior designer, Noriyoshi Muramatsu of Studio Glitz. The distinctive walls glow from special effects lighting reflected off recycled glass, providing a contrast against the luxurious, dark-toned wood furniture and leather seating.
Try their signature: “Tokyo Rose”(HK$118), a classic Negroni fusing Campari, Martini Rosso and rose flavored Tanqueray Gin. Inspired by rose perfume, the glass has a subtle rosy fragrance but still refreshing enough to get you keep sipping.
6/L, The Landmark, 15 Queens Road Central, Central; +852 3657 6388
8 ½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana
The restaurant has already made its name on the Asia’s Best Restaurants 2017, and now it’s slaying the Bar award as well. The little bar at this swish modern Italian restaurant (named after a 1963 movie by director Federico Fellini) is often packed thanks to an epic wine list and classic cocktails. The space is sleek and softly lit, creating an intimate and cozy environment perfect for a date.
Try their signature: Classic Martinis and Negronis.
Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central; +852 2537 8859
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour
This gin parlour is the gin lovers’ dreams come true. The speakeasy hides in plain sight and is literally a gin heaven that contains the largest selection of the spirit in Hong Kong, with more than 250 gins produced around the world sitting on its shelves. The curious name “Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour” actually comes from an amusing concept, that the bar would like to cure stress of the fellow Hongkongers with the most effective anti-anxiety agent – gin. Enter the handsomely decorated bar and you will see a Waiting Room on one side and Consulting Room on the other, where Dr. Fern, an expert in botanical, would prescribe gins for the “stress-related ailments”.
Try their signature: Negroni (HK$140), made with Napue gin from Finland.
Shop B31A, First Basement, The Landmark Atrium, Central; +852 2111 9449