Other spirits may rise and fall in popularity, but gin is always in — or at least it has been since it first rose to prominence in London in the 1700s. Since then, the clear spirit, which attains its unmistakable taste from being distilled with juniper berries and other botanicals, has gained a global audience, thanks in no small part to the spread of the British Empire. (In tropical colonies, the British added gin to bitter-tasting tonic water, once used as an antimalarial treatment, unwittingly creating a simple, two-ingredient cocktail that remains popular to this day.)
Here in Hong Kong, gin lovers are lucky to find their favourite spirit in any bar, but the best amongst these are temples to the distilled spirit where you can find dozens or even hundreds of different bottles from around the world. Whether you like your gin shaken and served in a martini glass, stirred into a Negroni, or simply paired with tonic water for a classic G&T, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for (and more) at Hong Kong’s best gin bars.