Following the opening of Attire House earlier this month, the highly anticipated cocktail bar located within the men’s lifestyle shop is ready for business at last. No ordinary bar, Bar de Luxe is an offshoot of Tokyo’s celebrated Bar High Five, helmed by acclaimed mixologist Hidetsugo Ueno, who oversaw a two-month pop-up at MO Bar this past fall. Though Bar de Luxe is Ueno-san’s creation, he will remain in Tokyo at Bar High Five, while his protégé, Yuriko Naganuma, serves as Bar se Luxe’s head bartender, drawing upon her vast knowledge of spirits and expertise in crafting drinks
The 1,500-square-foot space is quite a handsome place to enjoy cocktails made in the Japanese style. Guests can sit at the bar crafted from Japanese walnut to watch their drinks being made before them, or unwind at one of the window-facing tables to take in views of the Hong Kong skyline from the 30th floor. From noon to 5pm Monday–Saturday, the bar will serve Italian coffee and light refreshments to Attire House’s guests, who may be visiting to buy a bespoke suit or get groomed at the in-house barber shop. After 5, evening drinks and signature snacks will be offered.
The list of 16 signature cocktails includes a Bloody Mary made with infused vodka and Japanese tomato (HK$238), the Herbal Terrace made with gin, green chartreuse, shiso liqueur and lime juice (HK$148), and The Hidden Gem (Yuriko-san’s own creation) made with Nikka from the Barrel whisky, a Japanese herbal liqueur, Averna and sugarcane syrup (HK$168). Guests can also request any drink they like, or ask for something made using some of the bar’s specially curated, rare selection of wines and spirits.
Typical bar bites such as cheese and olives are available, though the other edible treats sound more exciting. They include lomo and foie gras (HK$168), grilled bread crumbs with anchovy (HK$138), and Iberico ham from Bellota Bellota HK$98–$318).
Bar de Luxe is Ueno-san’s first permanent project outside of Japan, which makes this Hong Kong newcomer particularly exciting. As a special treat, the man himself will be making drinks at Bar de Luxe in the evenings of 23–25 January, so be sure to put that in your diary now.
Given the calibre of everything we experienced at the Bar High Five pop-up in September, we have high hopes for everything at Bar de Luxe. With a capacity of just 48 guests, we suspect it will be an intimate spot for enjoying top-notch drinks and beautiful views of the city.
Bar de Luxe, 30/F, 8 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3706 5716, attire-house.com