Not all hotel bars are created equal. From boutique champagnes to small-batch whiskies, these 5 Hong Kong hotel bars will raise your spirits.
Not only is the Grand Hyatt Champagne Bar a much classier alternative to the revelry on the streets of Wan Chai, it offers a surprisingly good bargain—the “champagne flight” deal gets you a choice of three glasses of the bubbly stuff for a mere $300. They’re not just your standard Moët or Veuve, either — you’re looking at a menu full of rare finds and boutique champagnes. Don’t know your champagne from your elbow? There’s a wine ambassador on hand to talk you through them should you so wish.
Lobby, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, 2588-1234.
The Langham in Tsim Sha Tsui underwent a complete revamp last year, bringing us lobby lounge bar Artesian. Decked out like the living room of your dreams, it’s an airy, art-deco-style space that serves up a mean G&T. That’s not all — you’ll find a list of expertly created cocktails on the menu, including many creations transplanted from Artesian’s original London branch with a few Hong Kong-inspired tipples thrown in the mix like the Asian-Twisted Negroni.
Lobby, The Langham, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2375-1113.
If you still haven’t paid a visited the grounds of the gorgeous Hullett House boutique property by now, be sure to hit up Whisky @ Stables. Don’t let the name throw you off — it’s all dark wood and dim lighting in here, with a collection of tipples enough to please any whisky lover worth their salt.
Hullett House, 1881 Heritage, 2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3988-0104.
Love fine dining… but hate the price tag? Three-Michelin-starred Caprice at the Four Seasons is adjoined to a cheese bar that comes with much more palatable pricing. You’d be a fool if you didn’t order from Caprice’s in-house cheese room — everything from comte to the goat’s milk variety. Feeling greedy? Order “A Bit of Everything” platter and dig in.
6/F, Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong, 8 Finance Street, Central, 3196-8860.
It’s called Exclusive 12 for a reason: The Ritz-Carlton lounge’s bar-within-a-bar only seats 12. Affording drinkers that famous harbor view, Exclusive 12 is made up of an ornate counter stocked full of exquisite (and expensive) booze. Drinks are served in glasses designed by Baccarat, so behave yourselves — drunken debauchery won’t fly here.
102/F, The Ritz-Carlton, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 2263-2270.