Women Only: Tucked into a hidden corner of the recently-opened Rosewood Hong Kong hotel, XX is a chic, feminine bar that sells itself as Hong Kong’s first speakeasy for ladies. Oh, and it’s by reservations only.
Look & Feel: The design of Rosewood Hong Kong was masterminded by Tony Chi and is lavish and sumptuous – sometimes a little too much so. Created by New York’s PARTS AND LABOR DESIGN, XX is equally lavish and beautiful, but feels a little more restrained. The intimate space boasts patterned wallpapers, plush furniture set in intimate groups, and a stunning bar that acts as the center piece.
On the Menu: Drinks are the focus at XX, and the menu features a short but potent cocktail list and an extensive range of wines and spirits. You can also go off-menu – the bar team is more than happy to whip up classic cocktails or create something custom for you. The main cocktail list, though, is designed to appeal to feminine sense with fruits and botanicals like strawberry, jasmine, pandan and fig leaf.
We began with one of the signature Champagne cocktails, called Sexy – She Says That a Lot – and it was a real pleasure to drink. A concoction of jasmine, bergamot, Champagne and London No. 3 gin, the dink is elegant, light and oh-so-easy to drink. If you like your drinks with a little more kick, go off-menu and ask for a gin martini with a twist – it’s surprisingly refreshing and delicate while packing a bit of a punch.
If you want to soak up all that booze with some food, there’s a menu of bar snacks available, too, including caviar-topped smoked salmon bikinis, mini lobster rolls, and delightful smores.
Jeng: This is a sumptuous, quiet space that whips up a decent cocktail.
Not So Jeng: Perhaps it’s because we went in on a Thursday night, but the bar was surprisingly quiet, which meant it lacked a little atmosphere.
Great For: Intimate tête-a-têtes with your bestie, or a girls’ night out with the squad.
FYI: XX has a little balcony that boasts incredible views of the Hong Kong skyline. Also, you’ll need a reservation to find it and get in, so be sure to call ahead.
Check out Hong Kong’s newest restaurants and bars here.
This writeup was based on a complimentary media tasting. The Loop HK doesn’t guarantee/sell restaurant review coverage. See our editorial policy here.