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Hong Kong bars in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018

Hong Kong bars in Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018

By Time Out Hong Kong

The annual Asia’s 50 Best Bars showcases the best and most innovative cocktail bars in this region. Voted for by industry professionals – bartenders, industry consultants and writers – Hong Kong has always pulled its weight in these prestigious awards ever since they started in 2016. This year the city had seven bars that made the cut. Here they are and here’s what you need to know.

No.5 — The Old Man
No.5 — The Old Man

The highest new entry on this year’s list, The Old Man has wowed not just Hongkongers but drinks experts from around the world. Established by three friends all with experience of working at Hong Kong’s most prestigious hotels, this bar – hidden down an alley off of Aberdeen Street – provides notably enthusiastic service as well as excellent drinks.

Address: LG/F, 37 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2703 1899
Website: theoldmanhk.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Sheung Wan, Exit E2
No.10 — Lobster Bar

A fixture on the Asia’s 50 Best Bars list since day one, Lobster Bar is a Hong Kong institution. Situated within the Island Shangri-La, in Admiralty, this establishment has a deserved reputation for serving well-made classic cocktails. It’s not for nothing that Lobster Bar is known internationally as a drinks destination.

Address: 6/F, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2820 8560
Website: www.shangri-la.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Admiralty, Exit C1
No.11 — Stockton
No.11 — Stockton

It’s been four years since Stockton burst onto the Hong Kong scene but it feels like the kind of place that’s been around forever. Perhaps that’s due to its interior stylings, the bar dressed up like an Edwardian-era gentlemen’s club. The drinks are anything but old fashioned, though. The menu changes regularly and there are always new surprises to discover.

Address: 2 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2565 5268
Website: www.stockton.com.hk
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit D1
No.15 — Quinary
No.15 — Quinary

Local hero Antonio Lai’s first bar, Quinary deserves legendary status in Hong Kong. When it opened in 2012 it was the first bar to bring ‘multi-sensory mixology’ to the city. The bar remains cutting edge and its foam-topped Earl Grey Caviar Martini, complete with globules of ‘earl grey caviar’, is one of the recognisable cocktails in Hong Kong.

Address: 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2851 3223
Website: www.quinary.hk
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit D2
No.18 — Zuma
No.18 — Zuma

This buzzing, two-floor bar and Japanese restaurant has outposts in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the USA, such is its quality. Home to a well-stocked bar of Japanese sakes and whiskies, it’s Zuma’s bar development manager, Arkadiusz Rybak, and his knack for visually appealing cocktails that’s garnered Zuma in Central so much fame.

Address: 5/F, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 3657 6388
Website: www.zumarestaurant.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit G
No.20 — 8½ Otto e Mezzo Bombana

Often overlooked as a drinking destination – not a surprise when your bar is part of the only Italian restaurant outside of Italy to have three Michelin stars – 8½ is finally getting credit for its drinks as well as its food. That’s thanks to Devender Kumar, bar manager and a Barcardi Legacy winner, whose signatures, The Optimist and Pocket Square, are unmissable.

Address: Shop 202, Landmark Alexandra, 18 Chater Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2537 8859
Website: ottoemezzobombana.com
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit G
No.31 — The Pontiac
No.31 — The Pontiac

Hong Kong could do with more bars like The Pontiac, its grungy aesthetic unique within Hong Kong’s upscale cocktail scene. But it’s not just the dive bar vibes and rock ’n’ roll playlist that have made this place such a popular destination. The drinks are spot on, especially the classics, and the staff are among the most fun and engaging in Hong Kong.

Address: 13 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: +852 2521 3855
Website: www.facebook.com/thepontiac
How to Get There: Nearest MTR station: Central, Exit D2

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