Hidden behind what appears to be an exotic bird shop in Lee Tung Avenue, this opulent Ashley Sutton-designed venue screams ‘over the top’ and is sure to be a favourite among those who love a bit of drama. Inspired by the opium dens of the 19th century, the bar emulates the vibe of a Shanghai speakeasy, which centres on the theme of peacocks – in particular one named Ophelia – who was adored by an eccentric (and fictitious) bird collector called Mr Wong. Adorned with giant bird cages, feather-clad ‘muses’ sprawled above the bar and swings that lure you in for that token Instagram pic, this exotic, green-hued wonderland is trippy, to say the least. Swing by at 9pm on a Wednesday or Saturday and you’ll catch a sexy dance performance, too.
Fairies, peacocks and beetles, oh my! When it comes to themed bars in Hong Kong, we’re certainly not lacking weird and wonderful places to enjoy a cocktail or two. From Iron Fairies, designed by the doyen of whimsy, Ashley Sutton, to Missy Ho's, an unmarked bar that pays homage to Hong Kong’s cultural past, these bars masterfully weave together fantasy and craft cocktail culture. The next time you want more than just a great drink, check out these playful watering holes, hidden in plain sight across Hong Kong. By Sophie Pettit
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