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The Best Of Hong Kong
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By Kate Springer | September 14th, 2015
  • Casual Dining
  • HK Island, Wan Chai
  • Address: 4/F,361-363 Lockhart Road,Wan Chai
  • Capacity: 15
  • Open Since: January, 1970
  • Phone: 3571-9797
  • Rating: 4
  • Cuisine: Whisky
  • Ambience: Alfresco, Fancy, Intimate

Hidden Gem: Wan Chai’s drinking scene may have once been less than stellar, but the district’s on the up and up, as the arrival of ultra-classy Mizunara makes abundantly clear.

Look & Feel: What’s better than a whisky bar? A whisky library that’s a little bit hard to find. The gem is hidden away in a nondescript commercial building, but once you emerge it’s like you’ve been transported into an elegant bar in Ginza. It’s all gleaming wood, leather seats and a hushed feeling that urges you to shush. There’s a little outdoor terrace, but it doesn’t have much seating yet.

On the Menu: The menu is more like a tome, featuring over  150 Japanese whiskies and a couple of pages devoted to bartender-owner Masahiko Endo’s award-winning cocktails. Donning a white jacket and a bow tie, Endo isn’t the kind of bartender who will talk you up all night, but he certainly doesn’t mind explaining his ingredients and mixology methods.

Endo at Mizunara
Master Endo rocks the bar

Service: Flawless – you can’t even think about sneezing here without someone intuitively handing you a tissue.

Jeng: The Smokey Manhattan ($160) is perfectly balanced, using Maker’s Mark as a base and a rinse of Laphroaig to lend a smoky nose. Inspired by James Bond’s steely stare, the Cool Eyes ($230) is a bit more gimmicky – it is literally blue – but the gentle grapefruit and lemon flavors really work together.

Not so Jeng: We get it, for good drinks and a great atmosphere you have to pay up. But $250 for a cocktail? Ouch.

Great For: Date nights, after-work drinks and big fat paydays.

FYI: The bar is made from a single piece of imported Japanese wood.

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