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By Andrea Lo | August 3rd, 2015

Got money to burn? Go drink at these fancy schmancy watering holes. These are the best Hong Kong bars for payday:

The Envoy

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.