Here in Hong Kong, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to bars and restaurants – which makes it all the more impressive when a new opening manages to catch our attention. DarkSide, a sophisticated jazz bar at the Rosewood Hong Kong, has only been open since March, but it’s already established itself as the jewel in the hotel’s crown. With its dark, plush interiors, expertly curated drinks menu, and live jazz trio, DarkSide pays homage to Old World hospitality. Every choice – from the extraction of a cask-aged Pierre Ferrand cognac down to the bespoke fabric wallpaper in the bathroom – has been carefully thought out, giving the bar a sense of refinement and polish that belies its short history.
Read on to find out why you should ditch the cheap and cheerful happy hour spots and spend an evening luxuriating at DarkSide instead.