Fantasyland in Wan Chai: You can thank Bangkok bar guru Ashley Sutton — behind Iron Fairies and Sing Sing Theatre — for this whimsical new Wan Chai cocktail bar.
Look & Feel: If Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland got hitched and moved to Hong Kong — this would be their local. The moody and mysterious experience begins with a Hong Kong-inspired entrance complete with hanging bird cages. Behind a heavy velvet curtain is an aviary-inspired bar where peacock motifs mingle with industrial materials. Find a seat in one of the intimate nooks or move to the spacious outdoor terrace, where nightly entertainment (in a cage) should keep things interesting.
On the Menu: There’s nothing standard here. Choose a potion from the Cabinet of Curiosities — most of which make use of Asian spices, fruits and herbs. One of the signatures is the “Cheongasm,” which is made with a saucy mix of tequila, La Quintinye Vermouth Rouge, lemon, lime, cinnamon mist and house-made pomegranate cordial. An Australia-inspired tapas menu will complement the cocktails, though it’s limited to a shortlist at the moment.
Great For: Intimate nights out, late-night entertainment, outdoor drinking, escaping your boring life.
FYI: Of course there’s a story behind the bar… A fictional character, Mr Wong, collected exotic birds. A mysterious peacock arrived on his doorstep one day with the name “Ophelia” engraved around a gold band (hence the ubiquitous peacock motif).
This writeup is a news piece and was not based on a restaurant visit. The Loop will update this post once we’ve visited in person.