Spilling out into the street for a tipple after clocking off for the day is a staple pastime for many a Hongkonger. Every now and then, however, a bar comes along that invites you to step away from the hustle and bustle into a much needed sanctuary. Down a narrow staircase on Bridges Street, Lof 10 Distillery seeks to do just that.
There’s an impressive terrace, but much like its namesake café – Lof 10 on U Lam Terrace – the whisky bar is nestled out of sight. However, while the former is open and welcoming, the Distillery sports a slightly cold, minimalist interior. Nonetheless, it’s muggy and mid-June, so we step inside. Cool interiors and low-lighting make this a comfortable space, albeit disjointed as the main seating area is disconnected from the bar.
We order a Woo cocktail ($120) to start the evening – a refreshing drink made with Campari and limoncello, though the addition of lemon rind adds a sharp edge to an already tart drink. While the cocktail menu is impressive, it pales in comparison to the whiskies. Lof 10 Distillery considers itself to have the finest selection in town, and a glance along the wall adorned with bottles shows they’re definite contenders. With an impressive array of Japanese whiskies, on recommendation, we opt for the Iwai wine cask finish ($190). The smooth undertones of this blended whisky are perfectly matched with a subtle, smoky flavour, and it goes down a treat. While best served neat, a glass of ice and water with a pipette are on hand to cater to your preference.
To line our stomachs we plump for a kale caesar salad ($90). Served with a liberal amount of dressing and a poached egg, it doesn’t disappoint. That and a side of sweet potato chips ($48) are a welcome change from your average greasy bar snacks.
Despite an enjoyable evening, we worry Lof 10 Distillery may fall short of becoming a regular for those seeking a little R&R, as the heart-warming food and drink seem out of place in the somewhat incongruent space. Amanda Sheppard
Lof 10 Distillery B/F, 29-31 Bridges St, Central.
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B/F, 29-31 Bridges St,