Hidden away in Centralâ€™s chic Landmark mall, Dr. Fernâ€™s boasts a 250-label-strong spirit collection, special stemware, and hand-cut ice for the perfect G&T. Be sure to try your favorite gin cocktail with either Belgian Blind Tiger Imperial gin or English Truffle gin, both of which are not available anywhere else in Hong Kong.
The second Asian outpost of the famed New York watering hole, Employees Only recently opened in Lan Kwai Fong. Two favorites on the classics-inspired menu are the signature EO Gimlet with house-made lime cordial, agave, and kaffir lime leaf; and Ready Fire Aim, with smoky mezcal, lime juice, pineapple, and spicy bitters.
There are tiki bars, and then thereâ€™s Wahtiki, which stands out for its giant rum cocktails, exuberant decor, and crisp service. The venue takes its name from veteran mixologist Shi Wah Lee, who has headed up some of the worldâ€™s greatest tiki bars such as Trader Vicâ€™s at the London Hilton. Be sure to try the original Mai Tai, or for something headier, the Sharkâ€™s Tooth, which comes in an ice-molded volcano.
Over in SoHo, Aberdeen Street is the setting for a brand-new Hemingway-inspired bar helmed by three of Hong Kongâ€™s top mixologists: Agung Prabowo, James Tamang, and Roman Ghale. Asian-accented cocktails here include A Farewell to Arms, a concoction of butter-washed gin, dry vermouth, sous-vide nori, and salted Pernod.
This article originally appeared in theÂ October/November 2017Â print issue of DestinAsian magazine (â€śThe Guide: Where to Drink Nowâ€ť).