Another magical creation of Ashley Sutton in partnership with mixologist Joseph Boroski, Iron Fairies brings you inside iron-clad mines with a dose of fantasy. Following the success of the same concept in Bangkok and Tokyo, the Hong Kong venue is the third location of Iron Fairies. Inspired by Sutton's experiences in working in the underground iron ore mines in Western Australia, the bar showcases ironsmith's workshop-inspired furnishings, walls lined with vials of fairy dust and metal-marking tools, and the show-stopping 10,000 preserved butterflies hanging from the ceiling. Sip on signature cocktails amidst the magical surroundings while listening to live musical performances featuring blues, Caribbean grooves, and reggae.
Located along the market stalls on Graham Street, 001 hides behind a black door with a dim spotlight and an antique doorbell. The interior features a classy vintage gentlemen's den replete with wood, leather, and velvet furnishings, matched with an atmosphere that will take you back to the 1920s. Treat yourself to any of the well-crafted classic cocktails or a dram from their excellent whisky collection which includes the elusive Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Don't forget to take a snap and let prohibition-era vibes wash over your Instagram feed.
Miss travelling to Japan? Head to H Code and visit Japanese cocktail bar Bar De Luxe for some Ginza flavours. The bar was brought to Hong Kong by legendary bartender Hidetsugu Ueno, founder of the famous Tokyo bar Bar High Five, so expect a Japanese bartending approach that elevates mixology to an art form. Along with perfectly stirred and shaken cocktails, the bar's interior has all of the trappings of an Instagram sensation. The venue's decor boasts a contemporary design blended with traditional Japanese elements like wooden sliding doors accentuated with royal blue-green tiles and the skeleton of a paper umbrella that can be seen on the bar's ceiling.
Doubleshot is a cafe and cocktail bar brought to us by the team of specialty coffee roastery Cupping Room. Since its opening, Doubleshot has been treating our social media feeds with snaps of morning coffee, afternoon cocktails, and treats set against the street view backdrop of Hollywood Road. The venue’s interior is modern and minimalistic, but its window fixture overlooking the street below is what attracts visitors. Expect natural light to flood over your perfectly curated flat lay of drinks and bites, or take a selfie against the window view showcasing the colourful graffiti across the street.
Designed by famous interior designer Ashley Sutton, this 70-seater Art Nouveau-style cocktail lounge in Tai Kwun is something straight out of a fairy tale. Inspired by American artist Louis Tiffany's stained glass techniques and the works of French glass designer René Lalique, the opulent decor bathes the venue in emerald green with turquoise glass lamps painted with golden dragonflies, cast-iron dragonfly statuettes, and a bar shelf with a bronze sculpture of Lalique's iconic 'Dragonfly-woman' corsage. Along with picturesque surroundings, enjoy an eclectic selection of craft cocktails as well as sweet and savoury bites.
One of Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong's best features is the great deal of natural light that comes through its floor-to-ceiling windows — a fixture that can be found at the hotel’s new innovative bar Argo. Designed to emulate a conservatory with small terrariums and mirrors flooded with natural light and views of Victoria Harbour, Argo is the perfect setting for afternoon drinks with your mates. Discover and learn about new spirits from its curated selection of innovative liquors that you'd be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the city and sip on creative cocktails served in delicate coupettes and custom ceramic glasses. From its drinks to its interior design, this bar definitely deserves a spot on your must-visit bar list.
Ozone holds the title of being the highest bar not just in Hong Kong, but also in the world, so expect unparalleled and unobstructed views of the city's famous skyline. A seat inside will treat you to futuristic decor with avant-garde furnishings, but the best spot is definitely from the terrace, which allows you to sip your drinks while watching the skyline glitter during sundown. If the promise of fantastic views is not enough to lure you in, the cocktail programme inspired by the five elements of nature and the selection of fine wine will do the trick.
One of Hong Kong's best rooftop bars, Sevva is the perfect spot for sundowners and sunsets in Central. Founded by Hong Kong socialite Bonnie Gokson, the bar is a go-to place to socialise or to impress your dates. Its interior is replete with lavish designs that give the place an impression of being inside luxury real estate. You can catch a 360-degree view of the iconic Hong Kong skyline and the nightly light show outside on the wrap-around terrace. Drinks here are on the pricey side, but with one of the best views in town, it is to be expected.
Following the similarly odd and fantastical world of Iron Fairies and Dragonfly, Dear Lilly is another one of Ashley Sutton's magical creations. This time, you can feast your eyes on romantic-themed decor that looks as though it came straight out of a fairy-tale book, perfectly set against a backdrop of Victoria Harbour views. The interior is strewn with expressions of love from bouquets and perfume bottles to trinkets and love letters. It offers the perfect escape for romantic evenings where you can indulge in contemporary Western fare and signature cocktail twists inspired by the classics.