Colonial Hideout: Taking up the third floor of boutique hotel The Pottinger, The Envoy pays tribute to the city’s colonial roots by using tea as a focus in its cocktails — a nod to Hong Kong’s original status as a tea shipping and trade hub. The bar is run by Tastings Group, which also brought us the likes of Quinary and Angel’s Share.
Look & Feel: Cut from the same cloth as the hotel, The Envoy has a intimate, classy vibe, with soft lighting and art lining the walls. Grab a seat on the roomy terrace, which overlooks Queen’s Road Central.
Meet the Bartender: Head bartender Amanda Wan has serious mixologist credentials — repping her native Malaysia, she was the winner of Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year in 2010. Heading The Envoy since its opening, Wan is known for her adventurous, evocative take on cocktails.
On the Menu: The colorful cocktails and serene atmosphere at The Envoy means it’s recognized as one of the best hotel bars in Hong Kong. A lot of thought has gone into the cocktails, and there’s a story behind each one. To go along with the drinks, there’s a dinner menu and bar snacks — think truffle goose-fat fries ($88), Earl Grey-smoked salmon ($148), and charcuterie ($228). There are always new additions to the cocktail menu and we currently have our eye on the Picnic Spritz ($128), made with gin slow-cooked with cucumbers, homemade rosehip and hibiscus tea cordial.
Jeng: Dewdrops of the Heart ($118), named after a line in a Charles Dickens novel, is inspired by dew drops on green blades in the morning. Very suitably, it’s made with redistilled pandan vodka, green tea and jasmine double strength tea.
Not So Jeng: The cocktails are too convoluted to win over fans of the classics and the sky-high drink prices aren’t going to win over budget drinkers, but the bar snacks do make for better value.
Great For: Date nights, great weather, picky friends, impressing parents.
FYI: The Envoy is also open for lunch and dinner, serving up French fare as well as high tea.
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