It’s here! The World’s 50 Best Restaurants announced Asia’s 50 Best Bars last month, with quite a number of local bars making it to the list. Covering drinking spots from 16 countries on the continent with 14 new entries this year, this ranking is all you need to plan your weekends in the city and possible travelling plans across Asia in the near future. Scroll down for all the Hong Kong winners!
Opened in 2017 by Jay Khan, Coa serves cocktails inspired by flavors found in Mexico. Start with the Coa signatures La Paloma de Oaxaca, mixed with Tequila blanco, Mezcal joven, lime, grapefruit soda and worm salt, if you are overwhelmed by the 41-page agave menu. The industrial-styled bar deserves another visit for the new cocktails inspired by seasonal ingredients added to the list every week.
Location: Shop A, LG/F Wah Shin House, 6-10 Shin Hing Street, Central
Tel: +852 2813 5787
Opening hours: 16:00 – 22:00 (Tuesday-Sunday)
Argo in Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is the latest sophisticated drinking spot located in the heart of the city. Come for the collection of some of the world’s innovative spirits served by the award-winning bartender and Bar Manager Summer Lo and the hotel’s Beverage Manager Lorenzo Antinori.
Location: Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance St
Tel: +852 3196 8882
Opening hours: 17:00 – 24:00 (Monday-Thursday); 17:00 – 26:00 (Friday-Saturday)*
Sitting inside Rosewood Hong Kong, DarkSide pays homage to the city’s “dark side”, the Kowloon peninsula, with a library of dark spirits that includes an exclusive blend of cognac curated by the team.
Location: Rosewood Hong Kong, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Tel: +852 3891 8732
Opening hours: 17:00 – 22:00
Quinary, launched in 2012 by Diageo World Class 2015 Hong Kong & Macau Champion Antonio Lai, is a hyper-modern bar that pays tribute to the city with cocktails on its latest menu taking inspiration from the city’s food markets and further afield. The long bar extends to the founder’s lab, showcasing the rotary evaporator and equipment which redistill and slow-cook the bar’s flavored spirits, and the caviar box for the signature Earl Grey Caviar Martini.
Location: 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: +852 2851 3223
Opening hours: 14:00 – 22:00
Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar that champions a closed-loop model of production, Penicillin’s menu focuses on either locally sourced or up-cycled food and drink ingredients. Its “Stinky Room” takes all the credit for the bar’s in-house climate-controled ferments.
Location: L/G Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central
Tel: +852 9880 7995
Opening hours: 15:00 – 26:00 (Monday-Friday); 12:00 – 24:00 (Saturday-Sunday)*
Led by an all-female team, the rock and roll dive bar provides a safe, non-judgmental space for a big night out. The American-styled bar was helmed by former lead bartender at Portland’s Clyde Common, Beckaly Franks, and is currently led by Jen Queen.
Location: 13 Old Bailey Street
Opening hours: 15:00 – 24:00 (Monday-Saturday); 14:00 – 23:00 (Sunday)*
Named after Alfonso X of Castile, a Spanish monarch who allegedly contributed to the creation of tapas, The Wise King brings the city back to the 13th century, the golden age of tapas and drinking culture. The award-winning team serves cocktails that pay tribute to the heritage and those celebrating modern drinking customs.
Location: 25 Staunton Street, Basement in Tsung Wing Lane, Soho
Opening hours: 18:00 – 24:00 (Monday-Thursday); 18:00-26:00 (Friday-Sunday)*
One of the year’s new entries, The Aubrey in Mandarin Oriental is a Japanese izakaya that overlooks the night view of the Pearl of the East. The bar offers an “Omakase Cocktail Experience” in which guests travel through the Japanese world of spirits infused with passion and craftsmanship.
Location: 5 Connaught Road Central
Tel: +852 2825 4001
Opening hours: 12:00 – 22:00
Congratulations to all the winning teams!
*Opening hours might be affected due to the current Covid-19 restrictions.