Where To Find The Best Gin & Tonics In Hong Kong
Drink trends may come and go, but gin remains a libation loved through the ages. Perhaps even more so now, as specialised gin bars continue to pop up all over the world, including in Hong Kong. Love yourself a G&T? These are the bars that do it best.
Ping Pong Gintonería
This stylish Sai Ying Pun sip spot housed in a former ping pong parlour (from whence it gets its name) never fails to seduce with its stunning interiors and Spanish-style gin and tonics.
The soaring shelf behind the bar at Ping Pong Gintonería houses international variations of gin, from Australia’s Four Pillars to Germany’s Elephant Gin, which is served with blocks of ice in unapologetically large goblets and garnished with aromatics.
Ping Pong Gintonería, 129 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 9835 5061, pingpong129.com
Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour
Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour hit the ground running when it opened last year, immediately claiming its place at #48 on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list. And with over 250 variations, it boasts the largest selections of gin in Hong Kong.
With a quirky backstory about an eccentric physician—named Doctor Fern, naturally—this basement speakeasy has gin drinking down to a science. From the temperature of the gin to the shape of the glass in which its served, no stone is left unturned here when it comes to preserving the integrity of the spirit.
Dr Fern's Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong, 2111 9449, drfernshk.com
Originally from The Langham, London, the celebrated Artesian has found its way to Hong Kong and gin lovers couldn’t be more pleased. Specialising in bourbon and gin, the Art Deco-inspired design sets the perfect setting to enjoy some of the world’s best gins— there are 34 to choose from—which are thoughtfully paired with artisanal tonics and sophisticated garnishes.
The Artesian, The Langham Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, 2132 7898, langhamhotels.com
The drinks menu at The Optimist has an entire section dedicated to a selection of over 20 gin & tonic variations, crafted to bring out the best in each bottle of gin—be it Germany’s celebrated Monkey 47 or Sipsmith from England and so many in between. Down for something different? There's also a great selection of cocktails made from infused gins.
The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2433 3324, theoptimist.hk
New Punjab Club
Black Sheep Restaurant’s New Punjab Club might be a small space, but it certainly isn’t lacking. As well as looking like a Wes Anderson movie set, the theatrical restaurant is manned by buttoned-down uniformed waiters who welcome guests by rolling out the gin trolley featuring a curated selection of gins.
Whether you opt for a classic like Hendricks or stick to the New Punjab Club theme with Opihr oriental spiced gin, the pour is always perfect here.
New Punjab Club, World Wide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong, 2368 1223, newpunjabclub.com
There is a lot to love about La Rambla, like the panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the delicious Spanish cuisine, but perhaps one of the most charming touches is the gin trolley—a nod to the restaurant's focus on Barcelona's vibrant food and drinks culture.
Stocked with 30 types of gin and a selection of 10 artisanal tonics, gin and tonics are crafted to order at your table, making for a fun and convivial experience.
La Rambla, 3071-3073, 3/F, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, 2661 1161, www.larambla.hk
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Rest Coffee Gin
Coffee shop by day and bar by night, Rest Coffee Gin is a quirky spot to while away the afternoon and stay on for evening cocktails. The island bar is stocked with an impressive number of gin bottles, all hanging above the baristas’/bartenders’ heads. You can expect to find labels from all corners of the globe, from Netherlands’ Rutte Jenever to Japan’s Juju craft gin. Best of all, the venue faces out to the harbour and is the perfect spot for a sundowner G&T.
Rest Coffee Gin, Shop GF-04, G/F, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong; +852 2697 8938
Origin is the place for a gin education, with dozens of bottles from all around the world and an extensive gin-focused cocktail menu that runs the gamut from a classic gin and tonic to creations like the Spring Collins with cucumber slow-cooked Tanqueray gin, elderflower and osmanthus syrup, mint, lemon juice and soda water. They also have a special section for their twists on the G&T, which features more than 15 options of gins, from "slow-cooked" infused gins to re-distilled gins to be mixed with a choice of seven different tonic waters.
Origin, G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong; +852 2668 5583