A hidden gem within The Landmark, Dr.Fern’s is a must try for gin lovers. Using organic and locally sourced ingredients and botanicals, along with premium gin, the cocktails here are sure to cure any ailment. A true gin emporium, the bar menu features a range of suggested gin and tonic pairings (priced between $110 to $220), but for connoisseurs, guests are also able to choice their own gin – either on the rocks, or served with a tonic of choice. The options here are endless, and the menu is broken down into four sections: juniper & citrus; fruity & floral; spicy & savoury; and sweet & confectionary, so you’re sure to find your perfect drink. Pair your G&T with a light bite from the “edible prescriptions menu”, featuring the likes of sourdough grilled cheese, daily cakes and cheese boards, or opt for Dr. Fern’s own afternoon tea.
Dr. Fern’s Gin Parlour, Shop B31A, First Basement Floor, Landmark Atrium, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, www.drfernshk.com
Opened by Maximal Concepts in 2018, John Anthony uniquely combines modern Cantonese cuisine with a selection of house-infused gins. The gins are uniquely created with handpicked botanicals, fruits and teas, and are all stored in four 12-litre tubes which serve as the centrepiece at the bar. The menu features four signature G&Ts, including Tanqueray Gin with Lavender and Fevertree Elderflower Tonic ($85); and Plymouth Gin, with Rosemary, Bay Leaf, Sun-dried Tomato, Juniper and 1724 Tonic ($115) – which has been known to convert even long-standing gin-phobes. As the restaurant’s key theme is sustainability, the mixology team has also creatively harnessed leftover ingredients like fruit rinds and excess liquids to create cordials and edible garnishes, which are featured in its signature cocktails.
Sassy Tip: Happy Hour runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm, so head down to enjoy a G&T or two, along with complimentary bar snacks.
John Anthony, 1 Sunning Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, www.johnanthony.hk
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For a quirky and Insta-worthy gin cocktail, Ori-Gin is the place to head to. Known for the popular KGB cocktail ($128), which is served up in a mini bathtub (rubber ducky on the side!), Ori-Gin’s gin-focused menu is extensive, with everything from G&T’s, classic gin cocktails and some fun and original mixes. If you’re partial to sour tastes, opt for the Super Lemon ($118), a blend of slow-cooked lemon Tanqueray gin and lemon sorbet topped soda. It even comes complete with a Super Lemon candy pegged to the side of the glass, just the thing for the big kids out there!
Ori-Gin, G/F, 48 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.originbar.hk
The red door outside is your only clue you’ve arrived at this speakeasy, but once you step inside, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place. For gin lovers, Ping Pong has a comprehensive list of gins from all over the world, with a focus on Spain. From the classic Martin Millers, to premium gins like Gin Self from Valencia, there is certainly no shortage in this selection. We’re fans of the Xoriguer gin ($140), served with Fever-Tree Indian Tonic, and garnished with lemon zest and mint leaves.
Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria, 129 Second Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.pingpong129.com
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This Northern-Spanish inspired restaurant by Pirata Group also plays home to a chic and stylish bar on the ground floor. And if the luxe décor and lush greenery doesn’t draw you in, the array of gin drinks is sure to! Known for its goblets of signature Spanish-style G&Ts, the menu features a selection of gin-based cocktails, which all make use of a variety of gins from around the globe. If you’re heading to The Optimist for pre-dinner drinks, be sure to make the most of its happy hour, which runs daily from 3pm until 7:30pm, and features drinks starting at just $48. Select from a range of gin and tonics, or go for our personal favourite, the Gin on Ginger, made with gin, fresh ginger, sugar, mint and ginger beer.
The Optimist, 239 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.theoptimist.hk
Awarded its first Michelin-star in the 2019 guide, this high-end Punjabi restaurant not only offers some of the best Indian eats in the city, but it also serves up a mean gin drink. Our top choice for a special occasion dinner, pair your feast at New Punjab Club with a drink from the restaurant’s antique gin trolley. Opting for a simple and classic approach to G&Ts, offerings here include Monkey 47, Tanqueray, G’vine Floraison and more, which serve as the perfect clean and fresh accompaniment to your meal, with just a touch of theatre on the side.
New Punjab Club, World Wide Commercial Building, 34 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.newpunjabclub.com
Voted number five in Asia’s 50 Best Bar Awards and number 10 in the World’s 50 Best Bar Awards, The Old Man guarantees a good time and a top-notch drink. The intimate Ernest Hemingway-inspired speakeasy bar serves up a range of innovative cocktails, but for gin lovers who are looking for something a little different, opt for the Winner Take Nothing, made with rotovap pink guava gin, baby carrot sous-vide suze, tarragon, blackened carrot bug, soda and dill.
The Old Man, Lower G/F, 37-39 Aberdeen Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, www.theoldmanhk.com
Created by Victoria Chow, The Woods is a cocktail bar hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Central. The bar itself serves up a range of inventive cocktails, but for gin lovers, we recommend the curated spirits tasting workshops. Available by appointment only for four to eight people, the experience includes personalised spirit tastings, in-depth introductions to different spirits and access to The Woods’ own collection of over 400 bottles! The best bit? If you really love any of the gins you try, those participating in the workshop will be able to claim a 10% discount on any bottle purchases on the day. Prices start at $480 per person, and you can find more info here.
The Woods, L/G, 17-19 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.thewoods.hk
Another bar that has featured in both the World’s 50 Best Bars and Asia’s 50 Best Bar Awards is QUINARY. Found on Hollywood Road, the menu features countless cocktails and spirits to try, but we’re fans of the On The Meadow ($130), made with lemongrass-redistilled Tanqueray gin, elderflower syrup, lime juice, and a hint of mint syrup. Perfect for the Hong Kong heat, another gin favourite from the signature selection is the Crystal 10 ($130), consisting of clarified grapefruit juice, Tanqueray 10 and grapefruit bitters.
QUINARY, 56-58 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, www.quinary.hk
Looking for an expertly made classic G&T? Head to Artesian in the Langham Hong Kong for some of the finest classic cocktails in the city, which have all been masterfully crafted with house-made infusions. Daily between 3:30pm and 8pm, guests can enjoy one of the bar’s gin and tonic specialities for $98 each during The Magic Hour session. A complimentary food platter featuring a Spanish omelette and parma ham with tomato coulis on toast is also available for every order of two drinks.
Artesian, The Langham, Hong Kong, 8 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/hong-kong/dining/artesian
Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on 19 May, 2017 and was updated by Annie Simpson on 9 April, 2019.