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The Best Of Hong Kong
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By Andrea Lo | February 21st, 2016
  • Bar
  • Central, HK Island

Old School: One of Hong Kong’s stalwart drinking dens, Captain’s Bar at the Mandarin Oriental is synonymous with old-school hospitality. If you’re looking to sip on a martini in a classy setting — where the only noise besides the live jazz is the hushed tones of the waiters — Captain’s Bar is where it’s at.

Captain's Bar Beer with Curry Look & Feel: Dimly lit with an old-world feel, Captain’s Bar feels like a discreet luxury bolthole. Red leather seating take up most of the bar and there’s no shortage of rich wood fixtures. There’s a small stage by the front door where live jazz performances take place nightly.

On the Menu: Captain’s Bar is known for serving draught beers silver tankards (the bar’s 50 regulars have their personal mugs, with names engraved), so give that a try. Otherwise, you’ll find classic cocktails, plus wine by the glass that start at HK$95 — not unreasonable for a hotel bar of this stature.

Service: Expect exceptional service. It’s the Mandarin Oriental, after all.

Jeng: There’s a reason why Captain’s Bar is so popular. Hospitality is done right here. This is the kind of place where, if you come often enough, staff know you by name. It’s a world away from the trendy, trying-too-hard bars and top 40 playlists.

Not So Jeng: If you’re looking to spend time with a younger and/or rowdier crowd, this is probably not the place for you. After 5pm there’s a dress code (closed-toed shoes and trousers) which is hell on summer weekends.

Great For: After-work drinks, nightcaps, wheelin’ and dealin’.

FYI: Local brewery Young Master Ales developed a namesake craft brew just for the bar.

This writeup was based on an independent tasting. The Loop doesn’t guarantee/sell restaurant review coverage. See our editorial policy here.