Two Hong Kong venues named among world’s 50 best bars

Cocktails at Quinary bar
Cocktails at Quinary bar

Sure it’s Friday, but if you need another reason to celebrate with a beverage tonight, two Hong Kong bars were named among 2017’s World’s Best 50 Bars.

The list, released yesterday, includes bars from 24 cities in 19 different countries, ranked by some 500 industry experts from 55 countries.

Coming in at number 40, and on the list for a fifth consecutive year, was the molecular-cocktail-serving Quinary bar on Hollywood Rd in Central, whose name, referring to five, refers to the sensory experience of sipping their scientifically-advanced specialities.

“Quinary may have the look and feel of a classic speakeasy, but drinking here is designed to be a thought-provoking and multi-sensory experience,” the list’s review writes.

“From old school drinks to modern classics, the signature drinks — and the bartenders’ choice — are where the creativity of Antonio Lai’s team shines through.”

In a statement welcoming the news, the bar, led by co-owner Antonio Lai and bar manager Samuel Kwok, thanked staff for their “dedication and creativity” and patrons for “support and inspiration”.

Lobster Bar, at the Island Shangri-la hotel at Pacific Place on Supreme Court Rd in Central, snuck in at number 49.

Drinks International called the bar and grill an “antidote to the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong”.

“This classical bar has a luxurious feel befitting of the golden escalator that brings you to its doors,” they note.

A tip of the cap is also given to the establishment’s drinks menu, split under themes past, present and future, with a particular shout out for “therapy” — a “cathartic mix of Scotch, mango, vetiver and a home-made horchata”.

Lobster Bar in Hong Kong. Picture: Facebook

The list was released yesterday at London’s Southwark Cathedral and was topped the American Bar at the UK capital’s Savoy Hotel.

London and New York bars dominated with four and three venues, respectively, in the top 10, which also featured a Singaporean, Greek and Chinese entry.

And speaking of Singapore, the Coconuts Hong Kong sister city placed a truly impressive six bars on the list.

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