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Tip back the best cocktails in Asia's best bars in Hong Kong

TimeOut HK
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Hong Kong earned many of the top spots on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list this year, including the number one spot.

The annual list of Asia's 50 Best Bars showcases the best and most innovative cocktail bars in the region, and this year, Hong Kong nabs the top spot. Meanwhile, a significant number of venues from Hong Kong were also included on the list, marking the city's bar scene as one of the best in Asia. Compiled from the votes of more than 200 drinks experts, including renowned bartenders and consultants, writers and cocktail specialists from across the region, Asia's 50 Best Bars honours nine local bars on the list. Here they are, and here's what you need to know.

Coa earned Asia’s 2021 top bar award with their Oaxaca-inspired creations.

No.1 — COA

Asia's 50 Best Bars 2021 award ceremony was a big one for our city's bar scene as Oaxaca-inspired bar COA Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info grabbed first place, making Hong Kong home to the best bar in the region. Founded by agave spirits expert Jay Khan, the bar offers refreshing and thoughtfully-created cocktails that highlight Coa's extensive agave spirits collection, including raicilla, sotol, mezcal, and tequila. Guests who want to deep dive into the world of Mexican spirits can consider this as the best place to visit in the city.

Enjoy wine and cheese pairings and signature seasonal cocktails in this No.10-ranked bar.

No.10 — Caprice Bar

Located inside the Four Seasons Hotel's Michelin-starred French restaurant of the same name, Caprice Bar ranks in at number 10 on Asia's 50 Best Bars list, making them the Highest Climber awardee. Headed by a team of talented bartenders and led by award-winning beverage manager Lorenzo Antinori, Caprice Bar offers classic cocktails and signature tipples that change every season. Aside from well-crafted cocktails, guests can indulge in one of the city's best wine and cheese pairings. Guests can choose from the extensive collection of the restaurant's unique wines and champagnes available by the glass or bottle.

Enjoy a unique tipple and delicious bites at one of Hong Kong’s hottest watering holes.

No.20 — The Diplomat

The brainchild of award-winning mixologist John Nugent (formerly of Lily & Bloom), The Diplomat is one of the hippest watering holes at trendy lifestyle complex H Code. In 2021, the American-style cocktail bar received the Best New Opening award and is ranked number 20 on Asia's 50 Best Bars list. Here, guests can sip on reimagined classic cocktails as well as the spirited Tuxedo #852 served in mini coupettes along with gastropub dishes like burgers, fries, and truffled mac and cheese that are perfect for late-night bites.

New to the list, Tell Camellia concocts distinctive cocktails infused with exotic teas and local spices.

No.23 — Tell Camellia

Another new entry on Asia's 50 Best Bars list is the tea-focused cocktail bar Tell Camellia. Headed by mixologist Gagan Gurung, the bar serves signature cocktails infused with exotic teas and local spices. Guests who want to learn more about the art of tea and cocktail-making can book their occasional mixology workshops and get hands-on experience in making their own concoctions.

Visit this ‘Legend’ and enjoy a multisensory experience.

No.25 — Quinary 

Quinary Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info is one of several bars owned by renowned local mixologist Antonio Lai. Since Asia's 50 Best Bars first appeared in 2017, Quinary has ranked high on the list, and in 2021, the bar earned the Legend of the List recognition. The bar focuses on a multisensory experience and molecular mixology, so expect a lot of exciting tipples that usually involve a rotating glass, smoke-filled edible bubbles or popping candy. 

Enjoy the lively vibes at Hong Kong’s popular dive bar The Pontiac.

No.26 — The Pontiac

Since opening in 2015, American-style dive bar The Pontiac Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info has attracted a legion of loyal patrons and has also appeared on Asia's 50 Best Bars list for consecutive years. Its grunge aesthetic, fun staff and lively atmosphere make this spot on Old Bailey Street one of the best venues to go to for a night of rock 'n' roll revelry. Enjoy perfectly crafted cocktails that make this dive bar among the most awarded in the region. 

Spend a cosy evening at the bar named after the king responsible for tapas.

No.28 — The Wise King Get me there {{title}} {{taRatingReviewTotal}} {{taRatingReviewText}} Address {{address}} Website {{website}} More info

Hidden in an alleyway on Staunton Street, this intimate lounge — inspired by Alfonso X of Castile, who is famous for being a scholar, a patron of the arts and the king who 'invented' tapas — offers refreshing and spirit-forward drinks crafted by co-founder Sandeep Kumar. Also a mainstay on Asia's 50 Best Bars list, this cosy bar is a great hangout place for people who want an intimate setting while sipping on after-work drinks. 

Penicillin is a pioneer as the first zero-waste bar in Hong Kong.

No.30 — Penicillin 

Hong Kong's first zero-waste bar, Penicillin, is the brainchild of Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale, founders of the award-winning bar The Old Man Hong Kong (number one on Asia's 50 Best Bars list in 2019). With only a few months under their belt since opening, the accolade-heavy bar team has been making noise in the region, landing them on the 30th spot at this year's Asia's 50 Best Bars and even taking home the Best Sustainable Bar in Asia award. The bar prides itself on pushing a sustainable and closed-loop model of production and aims to alleviate wasteful cocktail-making behind the bar by using recycling and upcycling processes. Expect an exciting menu of eco-cocktails, including the One Penicillin, One Tree cocktail that helps to plant a tree in the endangered Kalimantan rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia, for every cocktail sold. 

Check out the moon-inspired menu at one of the newest entries on  Asia's 50 Best Bars  list — Darkside.

No.40 — DarkSide 

DarkSide is one of the newest entries on Asia's 50 Best Bars this year but made it on the list for good reason. Headed by talented mixologist Arkadiusz Rybak, Rosewood Hong Kong's flagship bar is one of the best bars to hit up on the Kowloon side. DarkSide serves classic cocktails with a twist and an interesting moon-inspired menu that will tickle anyone's taste buds and imagination. Along with a stellar collection of cocktails, the menu offers rare aged spirits such as whisky and Armagnac, including their own cognac from the barrel.

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