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Top 10 Hong Kong gin bars

Hong Kong has cottoned onto gin in a big way with specialist boutique bars mushrooming all over town. Here are some of our favourites.

Origin KGBHong Kong loves gin so much it even named an area in the New Territories Gin Drinkers Bay and early expats were forever knocking back a G&T in HK’s various private members’ clubs as protection against the all-pervading humidity.

Fortunately, the city has come a long way since then with an eclectic array of gin cocktails for the most avid gin drinker.

Click through to discover Hong Kong’s top 10 gin bars…

G&T Cocktail Bar

G&TOne of Hong Kong’s original gin joints, G&T on Hollywood Road offers several signature gin-based cocktails with a special every week and a buy-two-get-one-free Happy Hour from 5-9pm.

Delights include the Sloe Sour with sloe gin, sweet & sour, egg white and grapefruit bitters and Elder Apple-tini created with dry gin, apple juice, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and cucumber.

G&T Cocktail Bar, Shama Place Unit A, U/G, 30 Hollywood Road; no phone number

The Woods

the-woods-beet-negroniAn impressive cocktail bar by anyone’s standards, The Woods is tucked away along Hollywood Road with a cool light canopy of hand-blown glass over the stairs representing branches and the light shining through trees – one almost expects to be served by elves.

The Beet Negroni is a firm favourite, combining beetroot-infused Tanqueray Gin, Dolin Rosso Vermouth and Campari.

The Woods, L/G, 17 Hollywood Road; 2522 0281


TopiarySituated in the heart of Hong Kong’s noisy bar district, Lan Kwai Fong, Topiary is a touch of class among the thumping nightclubs and craft-beer-and-burger joints.

The “Shim cocktails” (buzzword for low-alcohol) are looked after by head mixologist Paul Fan and are described as “hand-crafted and characterised by fine ingredients and mesmerising visual appeal.”

One highlight for the cooling season is the Autumn Breeze made with dry gin, elderflower liquor, raspberry syrup, Earl Grey tea, fresh lemon juice and fresh raspberries.

Topiary, 3/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Rd; 2866 6485

Ozu Bar

OzuOzu is a trendy sake bar which also does a mean line in gin cocktails. The Kyu is a heady Hendrick’s gin libation with fresh cucumbers, kiwi, mint and sake in a flourish of dry ice and a fetching tea pot.

Ozu being an authentic Japanese hangout naturally means that there is also a plethora of Japanese whisky and beers to comfort the non-gin drinkers in the group.

Ozu, 1 Hollywood Rd; 5244 1417


Pirata - PhiladelphiaSwanky Italian bar and restaurant, Pirata is a Wan Chai institution which isn’t afraid to tip its hat to other gin-loving nations.

Although Pirata is mainly known for its impressive vermouth concoctions, the Clover Club hailing from Philadelphia is a simple but mighty combination of Mombasa Club gin, lemon juice, raspberry and egg white.

Pirata, 29/30F, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai; 2887 0270


YardbirdYardbird is a modern izakaya-style restaurant that specializes in yakitori (skewered, grilled chicken) as well as an eclectic cocktail and highball list.

On the gin front, the Shino is a classic and simply consists of Beefeater Gin, shiso herb, lemon and black sugar.

Yardbird’s retail store in Kennedy Town, Sunday’s Grocery has a varied gin list (and whisky, wine and Vermouth) so aficionados can recreate the cocktails at home.

Yardbird, 33-35 Bridges Street, Sheung Wan; 2547 9273

The Envoy

EnvoyThe Envoy’s True Blood #2 is a delightful, ruby-red mess of Bols Genever Gin, homemade ginseng liqueur, orange, lemon and cranberry juice and beetroot crafted by iconic mixologist, Antonio Lai.

Presented in a first aid emergency box filled to the brim with ice, the Dracula-inspired True Blood #2 cocktail is a bloody good choice either side of Halloween.

The Envoy, 3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road; 2169 3311

Risi e Bisi

Old-Man-Negroni-806x537A Venetian hangout in Sheung Wan, Risi e Bisi is a favourite with locals and the after-work crowd.

The Old Man Negroni is just the ticket for Hong Kong’s encroaching autumnal season, made with Citadelle Reserve gin, Mancino Rosso Amaranto Vermouth, Aperol and Campari which just calls for the addition of a log fire – even though it never gets cold enough to actually light one.

Rise e Bisi, G/F, 12 Kau U Fong, Sheung Wan; 2824 3009 (no website)

Ping Pong 129 Ginonteria

Ping PongA new-ish addition to the burgeoning Sai Ying Pun bar scene, Ping Pong 129 is a real Spanish gin and tonic joint with one of the world’s biggest selections of gins (and tonics).

Formerly an old ping-pong hall, it oozes industrial chic with glorious high ceilings, retro-Hong Kong windows and the ubiquitous red neon sign.

Firm favourites include Martin Miller’s gin with Fever-Tree tonic water with lemon and juniper, Farmer’s Organic gin with Q tonic and lemongrass and G’Vine Floraison Gin with Japanese Wilkinson tonic and grapes.

Ping Pong 129 Ginonteria129 Second Street, Nam Cheong Hse, Sai Ying Pun, 9835 5061


Origin KGBOrigin claims to be the origin-al gin and cocktail bar in Hong Kong and is another in the Antonio Lai portfolio.

There are literally hundreds of gin cocktails, shorts, talls and G&T combinations to satisfy even the most fussy gin-lover.

Special mention to the KGB cocktail for being totally Instagram-worthy and packing a potent punch of dry gin, Kyoho liqueur, lemon and lime juice, grape juice and elderflower syrup – all served in a delightful duck-filled bubble bath. An instant best-seller.

Ori-gin, 48 Wyndham Street; 2668 5583

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