Secret libations: 5 best whisky bars in Hong Kong

Updated on June 3 2014

It doesn’t matter if you drink it neat, on the rocks or with a few drops of water, almost everyone in this city (ladies included) are a fan of the whisky. If you still haven’t discovered the wonders of this golden spirit, we can guarantee that these five best whisky bars in Hong Kong will soon have you converted.

From super slick ice-balls to fully-sized oak barrels, these bars all feature an extensive collection of whiskies and cocktails that are sure to impress.

 

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1. Stockton

Inspired by the decadence of 1890s London, Stockton simply exudes that mysterious gentlemen’s feel with its plush vintage furnishings and antiques sourced directly from markets in Paris. It might look like a members only gentleman’s club but Stockton is welcome to all who fancy a post work tipple. The bar features an impressive collection of over 150 whiskies from Scotland, Ireland, America and Japan. In fact, many of their cocktails and spirits are barrel aged and leather aged by the team at Stockton themselves to add in some extra character.

What to order: Brass Monkey cocktail (HK$150) made up of H.M. The King Scotch, homemade vanilla syrup, chunchu bitters, lime juice, matcha and lacuma powder.

Related: See bartender Sebastian Roberts whip up the Brass Monkey at Stockton in our video.

Stockton, 1/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2565 5268, www.stockton.com.hk

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2. Angel’s Share

Owned by drink expert Charlene Dawes (who also owns Hong Kong favourites Quinary and Tasting’s to name a few), Angel’s Share is the ultimate destination for any whisky lover. Aside from the vast selection of whiskies on offer (be it from Japan, America or Scotland), it’s their rotation of full-sized oak barrels that keep us coming back.

We’re also partial to their whisky flights (a selection of four different 25ml glasses of whisky), which are a great way to sample new blends and malts you haven’t tried before. You can take a “journey through Scotland” (HK$310), follow “the American trail” (HK$330) or live out a full-on Glenlivet (HK$480) or Macallan experience (HK$850).

What to order: A glass of Glenlivet 1995 17 years old single cask whisky (HK$180) from the barrel with a dish from their British-inspired menu to help soak it up.

 Angel’s Share, 2/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2805 8388, www.angelsshare.hk

 

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3. 001

001 has been around for a while now but that doesn’t mean it’s gotten any easier to find. If you’re lucky you’ll be able to find this elusive watering hole behind a nondescript black door hidden between two stalls in the middle of Graham Street market.

Finding the bar is half the fun but we have to admit that gimmicks aside, 001 is one of the only places that takes its whisky seriously —  an impressive 25 percent of their whiskies are exclusive to 001. Highlights include their selection of Macallan Gran Reserva 1979, 1980 and 1981 as well as a solid Yamazaki 25 Years Old.

What to order: The infamous grilled cheese sandwich with their Old Fashioned — cocktails start around HK$100 and up.

Find it near the junction of Graham Street and Queen’s Road in Central. Call +852 2810 6969 if you get lost and ask for directions.

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4. Nocturne

Small and intimate, Nocturne wine and whisky bar offers 150 varieties of Japanese, Scotch, Taiwanese and Bourbon whiskies off their drinks menu — some of which are rare discontinued labels. The ambience is casual with dimly-lit candles and a refreshingly minimalistic and unassuming interior. They even have their own wine cellar with over 250 labels and a variety of Scottish and Japanese ales.

What to order: If you’re looking for a blended whisky to start the night off easy, a glass of  Ballantine’s Limited (HK$190) or Royal Salute 100 cask (HK$190) is a great way to start. You can then move onto sample some Yamazaki or Hakushu whiskies.

Nocturne, 35 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2884 9566, www.nocturnehk.com

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5. Executive bar

With a view overlooking the Happy Valley racetrack, Executive Bar has quickly become a popular spot for the more discerning of whisky connoisseurs. Intimate and cozy, one of the highlights is watching the bar manager from Tokyo show off his ice-shaving skills by shaping ice blocks into spherical ice cubes that melt slower than normal ice cubes — perfect for serving up a whisky on the rocks.

What to order: The smooth Bruichladdich 12 years (HK$1,210 per bottle).

Executive bar, 27/F, Bartlock Centre, 3 Yiu Wa Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2893 2080

(Photo from www.yaphk.com)

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Yi Li is your typical half-Brit half-Chinese hybrid with a serious case of wanderlust. When not writing, she's either on the hunt for the best new cocktails, on a hike or enjoying a sinful bowl of truffle fries (and working them off at XYZ). Follow her @yilidawson on Instagram or Twitter.