Whether after a long work day or simply before a night out, Hong Kongers love a good handcrafted cocktail. As a result, Hong Kong contains a few of the world’s most renowned bartenders. Despite the plethora to choose from, here are some of the 5 trendiest bars in the city.
Unlike other bars, Bao Bei incorporates Hong Kong’s heritage when crafting their specialty cocktails. Many of their cocktails include iconic Asian ingredients, elevating their flavors to an unfamiliar yet delightful level. The Mango Pomelo Sago cocktail - inspired from a traditional Hong Kong dessert - inspires the tongue. Literally called Childhood Memory, Bao Bei has created a cocktail that uses Vitasoy Malt, the classic Hong Kong childhood drink. Served in a Vitasoy bottle, customers drink while fondly remembering the past. To enjoy alongside these exotic cocktails, Bao Bei also serves foods such as Pork Belly Bao, Kung Pao Chicken Taco and Mapo Tofu Fries.
Designed to mimic a doctor’s office, Dr. Fern boasts over 200+ types of gin that he pairs with fresh handpicked herbs to help “cure” his patients. The philosophy of Doctor Fern’s Gin Parlour is to prescribe “patients” with a healthy dose of gin and nourishing organic foods. Covered with old fashioned leather furniture, the decor of the parlour parallels the Victorian Era. Apart from specialties Bloom Gin and Blind Tiger Gin, Dr. Fern’s also offers a special doctor’s prescription - handcrafting a drink based on your mood, preferences and tastes. This trendy new gin parlour is perfect for alleviating stress.
Located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Center, the magical blue-hued Ozone is the highest bar in the world. Paired with unforgettable views of the Hong Kong skyline, Ozone offers inventive cocktails and delectable Asian tapas. Some of their signature drinks include Bamboo, which contains Cachaçainf (spirit made from sugarcane juice) mixed with green tea and ginger beer and Deep Forest a concoction with bulleit rye, truffle honey, orange flower water and absinthe. Visit the Ozone to enjoy their wonderful outdoor terrace while listening to some of Hong Kong’s most famous DJ’s.
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With cocktails crafted by Joseph Boroski and a fantasy-themed interior, Iron Fairies is the perfect magical escape from Hong Kong’s hustle and bustle. With 10,000 butterflies dangling from the ceiling, iron and timber furnishing, and live jazz and blues, guests are offered a captivating and invigorating experience. Try their Watermelon Daiquiri served with a twist -- a “fairy dust” cocoa powder marshmallow is placed on top of the drink, combining fruity yet rich flavors together. Try the Smoke in a Bottle No.1 and No.2, which incorporate smoked ingredients like smoked cocoa nibs and smoked oregano. Come to Iron Fairies with friends to be transported to a fantastical land.
Perched on the third floor of the Pottinger Hotel lies The Envoy, a vibrant and unique bar known for their stylish cocktails. With signature cocktails like Dewdrops Of The Heart, a pandan infused liquor and Moon Song, bourbon mixed with local red tea, evaporated milk and syrup, there is no limit to the imagination here. In addition to their creative cocktail combinations, their cocktails are presented in a unique manner. Their fruity Early Bird creation is served in a classy yet adorable glass bird, while the Dinosaur is an infused chocolate vodka egg placed inside a large cracked “egg.” The Envoy also lives up to its name through food, serving dishes with Indonesian, British, Hong Kong and Indian inspiration. With a pairing of food from around the world and specialty cocktails served in any way imaginable, the Envoy is truly a must-see in Hong Kong.
Written by: Audree Wang