Marvelous Mezcal: Taking its name from the machete-like instrument used to cut and harvest agave — from which mezcal is created — COA’s drinks menu is filled with creative cocktails made from the Mexican spirit.
Look & Feel: Just like the menu, the interiors take their cue from Oaxaca, with hand-drawn murals of goddesses and mythical creatures adding a sense of Mexican charm to the brick and wood industrial space. Warm, intimate lighting creates an intimate atmosphere while focusing attention squarely on the well-stocked bar.
On the Menu: In fact, 17 pages of the menu are dedicated to mezcal, with tequila-based drinks following close behind. Founder and head mixologist Jay Khan has concocted eight artisanal cocktails based on traditional drinks and inspired by his travels to the Latin American nation. Mexican beers and South American wines are on offer, too. The drinks are complemented by bar bites such as fries with Mexican spices and guacamole with tortilla chips (both $68).
Meet the Bartender: The founder and head mixologist at COA is award-winning Jay Khan, who also frequently sits on the panels for spirits-judging competitions in Hong Kong.
Great For: Powwows with your amateur bartender friend who has encyclopaedic knowledge of vodkas, rums, and gins and is on the hunt for something a little different.
FYI: COA is the only place where three rare craft mezcals can be sampled outside of Mexico.
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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.