G&T Specialist: Sleepy Sai Ying Pun may be an unlikely spot for one of Hong Kong’s best bars, but find the bright red door on Second Street and enter into an artsy wonderland of gin and tonics.
Look & Feel: Down a nondescript stairwell, Ping Pong opens up into a huge space with double-height ceilings, exposed pipes and a mix of nostalgic Hong Kong touches like the neon signage above the bar and the original window gates. Contemporary and avant-garde artwork hangs on all the walls, creating an instantly sophisticated setting.
On the Menu: From Monkey 47 to Hendricks, it’s naturally a G&T affair at this Spanish Gintonería. You’ll find some the best selection of gins and tonics in all of Hong Kong, with over 50 types of gins to choose from. The signature gin and tonics hit between $120 and $180, and all come with various garnishes such as fresh lemon or rosemary. They’re served in giant goblets to accentuate the aroma.
Service: We find sometimes that the service is either slow or a bit too brusque, especially when considering these price tags.
Jeng: We love the G&T made with Only gin, which comes mixed with a fresh Japanese tonic water called Wilkinson, a lemon peel and goes down ridiculously easy. The classic Martin Millers is also a go-to — it’s made with Fever Tree tonic and comes with juniper berries and lemon. If you’re not a gin drinker, don’t worry: the bar stocks several types of craft beers from Spain.
Not So Jeng: For better or worse, people tend to linger all night here so if you get there late, all the tables are gone. And as much as we love the atmosphere, we groan every time we have to shell out $180 for a G&T.
Good For: Long boozy nights, hanging out with your painfully artsy friends.
FYI: The place used to be a local ping pong club, hence the name.
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