The author and wit James Thurber once asserted that, “One martini is alright, two is too many, three is not enough.” From cosy local hangouts to sleek and sexy bars, there are plenty of places to put that theory to the test in Hong Kong. So raise a glass, make a toast and get ready to sample some of the best mixed drinks the city has to offer.
This sleek, marine-themed space has some of the best views over Hong Kong from its location on the 30th floor, and is surprisingly spacious, with high ceilings and a long bar running from one end of the venue to another. Pull up a stool and order up a Grape Expectations, a zesty combination of gin, fresh lemon and lemongrass. Don’t forget to check out the sweeping views over Victoria Harbour from the telescope on the outdoor terrace.
30/F, Isquare, 63 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
2 208 Duecetto Otto
A rustic Italian eatery upstairs, a retro bar downstairs, 208 is one of Sheung Wan’s coolest hang-out spots. The cocktail menu revitalises old classics such as the New York Sour (Woodford Reserve Sout with Chianti float) but there are also some nods to contemporary mixology, with the Espresso Martini. The signature cocktail is the 208 Bronx: gin, bianco, vermouth, orange bitters, fresh orange and lemon.
208 Hollywood Rd., Sheung Wan
Aqua’s floor to ceiling windows make the most of the glittering views of Hong Kong’s skyline and may leave you staring out of the window longer than expected. The cocktail menu includes playfully-named beverages such as Kowloon Park (vodka, peach schnapps, ginger, lemon, lime and apple juice) and Ice Volcano (tequila, blue curacao, lemon, lime and barcadi) but the signature is an Aquatini: Ketel One, lychee liqeur, Chambord and gold leaves.
30th floor, 1 Peking Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui
Situated in the upscale mall the Landmark, this Japanese restaurant features a terrace and garden on the fifth floor, which is the perfect location to watch bustling Central go by. Cocktails here take a distinctly Asian approach, with sake featuring heavily – there are over 40 different varieties available – but we love the spicy yet sweet passion fruit and chilli martini. Pair your drink with beautifully prepared sushi and sashimi from the bar menu.
The Landmark Level 5 & 6, 15 Queen’s Rd., Central
5 Yun Fu
From the Buddha-lined staircase to the lantern-festooned corridor, this Chinese-themed restaurant/bar is one of the city’s most unique and atmospheric places for a cocktail. The imaginative cocktail list includes signature cocktail Bo Ba, a green bamboo wine with triple sec and grapefruit, and Piu Mu, a rice wine infused plum cocktail with cranberry juice. Culinary highlights include barbecued roasted meats and dim sum.
B/F, 43-55 Wyndham St., Central