Executive mixologist, Room 309, Quinary, Origin and The Envoy, co-owner VEA Restaurant & Lounge.
Hong Kong’s master mixologist, Antonio Lai has been shaking things up for more than 20 years. He quit school at 16 and straightaway entered the hospitality industry. Having worked all over the world – Lai’s training took him to Malaysia, Singapore, mainland China, Japan, Germany, France and the UK – Lai finally got the opportunity to put his acquired knowledge of ‘multisensory mixology’ to the test and opened Quinary, on Hollywood Road, in 2012. An immediate success, Quinary revolutionised the local bar scene and has become a fixture on the World’s Best Bars list. Origin, The Envoy and the bar component of Michelin-starred restaurant VEA Restaurant and Lounge followed in subsequent years, each earning their own share of accolades. Here in 2018, Lai recently opened Room 309, a near flawless experience demonstrating that Lai remains at the forefront of his profession.
Hong Kong’s drinks scene is raising the bar. This December we’re celebrating the best in the industry at our Bar Awards 2018. Not only are we recognising the awesome bar talent in our city, we’re getting them involved too! As part of the celebrations, four of Hong Kong’s best bartenders are doing special guest shifts at The Pawn and mixing custom creations for one night only. Read on to discover the bartenders who’ll be shaking up a storm on December 5.