Last night marked the first inaugural Asia’s 50 Best Bars Awards with Singapore’s 28 Hong Kong Street topping out at number one. That’s not to say that Hong Kong’s cocktail scene were far behind as we also had a total of nine bars in the top 50 list and two bars in the top 10.
Lobster Bar & Grill (which also made the cut for this year’s World’s 50 Best Bars) was voted the Best Bar in Hong Kong at number four and were joined on the list by the likes of other Hong Kong favourites Stockton, The Pontiac, Quinary, Honi Honi and more.
Check out the best bars in Hong Kong as voted by more than 150 leading industry experts from Asia in our slideshow:
#4: Lobster Bar & Grill
Helmed by bartender Agung Prabowo, Lobster Bar & Grill is the place for classic cocktails in Hong Kong. The art deco-style bar pays homage to the golden era of hotel bars with live jazz, traditional recipes and five star service.
Lobster Bar and Grill, Level 6, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong, +852 2820 8560, www.shangri-la.com
One of Hong Kong’s first real cocktail bars, Quinary has also been on the World’s 50 Best Bars list for three years running. Led by Antonio Lai and bar manager Samuel Kwok, Quinary creates innovative multi-sensory cocktails with flavours that create themselves — be it a peanut butter-infused Jack Daniels or earl gray caviar boba.
Quinary, G/F, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2851 3223, www.quinary.hk
#19: The Pontiac
The Pontiac is one of our favourite bars in Hong Kong — and that’s not just because babe Beckaly Franks heads up the bar and there’s a bra hanging from the ceiling. Its neighbourhood, rock ‘n’ roll vibes are unlike anything we’ve seen in Hong Kong and we can’t get enough of their Heisenberg slushie (Aviation gin, Bianco vermouth, blue curacao, absinthe and lemon) and Hobnail cocktails (scotch, ginger, Averna, lemon, bitters and orange oil).
The Pontiac, 13 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2521 3855, www.facebook.com/ThePontiac
#29: Honi Honi
Hong Kong’s first tiki bar, Honi Honi offers a vibrant and fun escape right in the middle of Central. The tropical furniture and lush greenery on the terrace transports you right to Polynesia with their signature mojitos and ‘Around the World’ four-litre punch that contains a mix of five rums and an entire bottle of champagne.
Honi Honi Tiki Cocktail Lounge, 3/F, 52 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.honihonibar.com
Difficult to find if you don’t know what you’re looking for, Stockton is one of the coolest and most sophisticated speakeasy-style bars in town. Filled with antique furnishings sourced from Parisian flea markets, Stockton takes you back to the heyday of cocktails with an incredibly detailed menu of cocktails, whiskies, gins and vintage champagnes.
Stockton, 1/F, 32 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2565 5268, www.facebook.com/StocktonHK
With venues all over the world, Zuma is a familiar name for most. We like to think, though, that Zuma Hong Kong has something special — perched at the top of The Landmark, its stunning views, chic terrace and Asian-influenced cocktails are always a winner. They also host parties that sell-out as soon as tickets go on sale. The cocktails features hand-sculpted ice balls, fresh juices, syrups, infusions, bitters and a great list of Japanese whiskies and sakes.
zuma bar, The Landmark, Level 6, 15 Queen’s Road, Central Hong Kong, +852 3657 6388,www.zumarestaurant.com
Also owned by Antonio Lai and his partner in crime, Charlene Dawes of Tasting Groups, Ori-gin, as the name suggests, is a gin-focused bar with the biggest selection of gin and tonics in town as well as over 12 different homemade gin flavours and infusions such as grapefruit, orange and basil. The most popular cocktail by far is their KGB grape-infused gin cocktail, which is served in a mini bathtub with edible bubbles and a rubber duck.
Origin Hong Kong, G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2668 5583, www.originbar.hk
#45: The Envoy
Boutique hotel The Pottinger’s resident cocktail bar, The Envoy, serves up cocktails inspired by travel and Hong Kong’s colonial British roots. Led by award-winning bartender Amanda Wan, The Envoy’s signature cocktails include their boozy Mildo Dinosaur (Absolut Elyx vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, fresh milk, Milo powder and a Milo ice ball) and Dewdrops of the Heart (pandan vodka, green tea, jasmine double strength tea and homemade pandan syrup).
The Envoy Hong Kong, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, +852 2169 3311,www.theenvoy.hk
#47: Mahalo Tiki Lounge
Brought to you by the same guy behind Honi Honi, Max Traverse, Mahalo Tiki Lounge is one of the best bars in Wan Chai and one of our favourite openings of last year. It occupies the rooftop of QRE plaza and offers a menu of tropical cocktails, killer DJ sets and a wonderful alfresco terrace.
Mahalo Tiki Lounge, 29/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queens Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2488 8750,www.mahalotikibar.com