Crafty Pursuits: Sister establishment to Los Angeles transplant Sushi Zo, Gishiki Lounge serves up Japanese-inspired craft cocktails with a contemporary touch. Gishiki means “ritual” in Japanese, so you can expect the painstaking attention to detail that the Nippon cocktail culture is famous for.
Look & Feel: Located at Tai Kwun, Gishiki Lounge takes up a dramatic space where dim lighting and impressive displays of Japanese tipples go hand in hand. The decor and theme are inspired by Hannya, a character in Japanese Noh theater that represents a scorned female demon who transforms into a powerful form (peachy). There’s a sculpture depicting the character sitting front and center atop the bar.
On the Menu: Gishiki Lounge specializes in cocktails made flavored ice blocks, which are created in the shape of Hannya masks. There are 18 cocktails on offer, made with top-notch sakes and craft spirits. There are also siphon brewed spirits served over dry ice, and tea ceremony experiences.
Great For: Happy hour drinks and intimate late-night gatherings. And Instagram.
FYI: You don’t have to dine at Sushi Zo to enjoy Gishiki Lounge. Plus, there’ll be geisha-inspired performances and DJs spinning Asian electronica.
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This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop HK will update this post once we’ve visited in person.