is a cocktail haven hidden within The Pottinger hotel. Windowless, with suppressed lighting and candles that barely touch the dark, richly decorated interior, Room 309 does bring to mind some Victorian-era alchemist’s den. As well as the decor, equally aesthetically pleasing are the signature ‘crystal’ cocktails — transparent versions of standards like an Old Fashioned.
Search among the dusty antique stalls of Upper Lascar Row to discover. A stylish beer bar with a focus on suds from Belgium — not to mention an excellent kitchen — the dark teal walls, wooden furniture and sense of space created by the high ceiling and floor-to-ceiling windows all generate a particularly inviting ambience.
Another Tai Kwun hotspot,arrived in Hong Kong courtesy of designer Ashley Sutton, a man responsible for the design behind a number of Hong Kong’s most stylish bars and restaurants, from Dear Lilly to J. Boroski to Iron Fairies. This time out, Sutton’s inspiration is 19th-century American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. With a ceiling covered in art nouveau-style lamps patterned like dragonfly wings and a giant humanoid dragonfly presiding over the bar area, this is one of the most eye-catching bars around.
Although it opened in early 2018,remains one of Hong Kong's best looking bars. Much is modelled on the famous original in New York: the entrance is a mock phone booth, the walls are decorated with dressed up taxidermied animals and there’s swish wooden panelling on the ceiling. A surprisingly cosy space, this is an ideal place to hunker down with a drink and bask in the warm surrounds.
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