Anybody who loves to drink in New York City would have walked through the doors (or phonebooth, rather) at Please Don’t Tell in the East Village, and starting next month Hong Kongers will be able to get a taste of that speakeasy experience when the legendary bar sets up at The Shell at MO Bar in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental. The collaboration is part of World Class’ continuing efforts to raise the bar for Hong Kong’s mixology scene, and this particular event will make it a little bit harder to go cold turkey on the booze after Christmas and New Year festivities.
Between January 5 and 30, 2016, PDT will be faithfully recreated (down to the hidden entrance and phonebooth portal) to mirror the NYC original. Founder and bartender Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell, current head bartender at PDT, will both be behind the bar making the cocktails they are known for.
Meehan’s last trip to Hong Kong was six years ago, and in the time since he has recognised that the city’s bar scene has changed dramatically. The decision to stay for one month when all of PDT’s other residencies (in Tokyo, Melbourne and Paris) have been a mere week is surely a testament to their faith in our drinking scene.
No doubt, the time spent in our city will provide ripe inspiration for the team as they create drinks that will evolve based on the ingredients at their disposal. The menu will feature 12 cocktails, a mix of PDT classics and drinks created exclusively for the Hong Kong pop-up, including:
- Benton’s Old Fashioned with bacon-infused Bulleit Bourbon, bitters and maple syrup
- Cardinal with Tanqueray No. 10 gin, Casoni, Italian red vermouth and grapefruit and lemon
- 1-2 Punch with Singleton of Glen Ord scotch, lemon, grapefruit, citrus oleo-saccharrum and crisp lager
Fans of PDT will also know of its association with Crif Dogs, the hotdog stand that serves as the bar’s entry point. Richard Ekkebus will therefore pay homage to this connection by creating his own hot dog, plus a menu of hot dogs created by leading Hong Kong chefs.
Please Don’t Tell at Landmark Mandarin Oriental
Venue: The Shell at MO Bar
Time: 5:00pm Tues to Sat, January 5 – 30, 2016
For reservations please call +852 2131 0077
Photo credits: Minnow Park, Addie Chin, Daniel Krieger, Noah Kalina, Michael Taft