Got money to burn? Go drink at these fancy schmancy watering holes. These are the best Hong Kong bars for payday:
From the team behind acclaimed hot spots like Quinary and Angel’s Share comes The Envoy, perched on the rooftop terrace of boutique hotel The Pottinger. Expect exquisite creations and a history lesson, too — most of the cocktails use tea as an ingredient, paying homage to the city’s early days as a shipping port for the stuff, as well as Hong Kong’s first governor Sir Henry Pottinger. Drinks are $150, which sadly seems to be the norm these days. Our favorite is the Dinosaur, which brings us right back to our childhood: it’s made with Milo chocolate powder, served with Godiva chocolate liqueur, and topped with milk and vodka. Best of all, it’s served in a bowl shaped like a broken (dinosaur) egg. If it’s not exactly payday but you still fancy a visit… best get someone else to foot the bill.
3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central, 2169-3311.
This Japanese speakeasy takes the cake for one of the most obviously placed, yet easily missed joints in town. Modeled after those hidden, whisky-fuelled hotspots all over Tokyo, Nocturne is a world away from the noisy, slippery slopes of Soho. Whisky and wine are the order of the day, although they’ll cost you: a Hakushu 18-year-old is a whopping $178.
35 Peel Street, Central, 2884-9566.
Isono Eatery and Bar
Opened when PMQ became the place to see and be seen, most of Isono’s drinks cost a pretty penny. Its take on the Negroni, consisting of Botanic Premium London Dry Gin, Antica Formula vermouth, campari and Barrel bitters is a winner — although it’ll set you back $140. Better grab a seat at one of the private terraces to make the night worth your dollar.
6/F, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, 2156-0688.