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TOHK Bar Awards 2018

Everything you need to know about our Bar Awards party

What to expect at the party celebrating the winners of our inaugural awards on December 5

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Time Out Hong Kong
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On December 5, Time Out Hong Kong is hosting its first-ever Bar Awards Party. In our new issue – out next week – we’ll be revealing our choice of the best bars in the city and this party will celebrate that occasion. And we want our readers to be there!

It promises to be an evening of amazing drinks, with exclusive creations created on the night by the city’s best bartenders, as well as delicious canapes, live music, the announcement of our Readers’ Choice winner and an all-round exuberant celebration of Hong Kong’s fantastic bar scene. Interested? Here’s everything else you need to know for a fun night out.

Tickets are on sale now. Places are limited, so hurry and order yours now.


What you need to know about our Bar Awards Party

First, it’s at one of the most stylish bars in town
  • Restaurants
  • Wan Chai

Many Hong Kong bars look alike but The Pawn is unique. Dating back to 1888, this colonial gem has retained much of its original charm despite the sea of change around in Wan Chai. The bar area is spacious and the balcony area is perfect for when you need a breather or just want an attractive background for your IG shot.

There will be exclusive drinks by Antonio Lai...
  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Central

It wouldn’t be a party without some good drinks. Fortunately, we’ve got a clutch of Hong Kong’s best bartending talent shaking up some exclusive cocktails to enjoy throughout the night. 

First up, Antonio Lai, the man who’s probably done more for Hong Kong’s bar scene than anyone else. His Hollywood Road sanctuary, Quinary, singlehandedly brought molecular mixology to Hong Kong in 2012 and has continued to set standards ever since. All Lai’s subsequent openings – Origin, The Envoy, VEA and most recently, Room 309 – have been met with acclaim. Whatever he creates on the night of our party, you won’t be disappointed.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Sheung Wan

The Old Man hasn’t just made waves these last 18 months or so, it’s caused a tsunami. The Aberdeen Street bar received a rare five-star review from us back when it opened in the summer of 2017 and the international consensus has been similarly enthusiastic – The Old Man crashed the top 10 list of World’s Best Bars in October, making it Hong Kong’s highest ranked bar on that list.

Agung Prabowo is a co-founder and one of the talents behind The Old Man. His cocktail creations are one of the main reasons the establishment has achieved such instant fame. His cocktails are guaranteed to delight o
n the night of our party.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Central

One of Hong Kong’s most underappreciated bars is Bar De Luxe. Those that are familiar, however, are all fans of its immense quality.

Established in partnership with Hidetsugu Ueno of Tokyo’s legendary Bar High Five, Bar De Luxe was, until just recently, headed by Ueno’s protege Yuriko Naganuma. Ivin Hui is now senior bartender, a local lad who got started at Butler and who recently completed his training under Ueno’s tutelage in Japan. At our Bar Awards party he’ll be showing us what we can look forward to from this impeccable establishment.

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and also Amir Javaid
Photo: Calvin Sit

and also Amir Javaid

One of the brightest young bartenders working in Hong Kong right now, Amir Javaid has just gone from VEA to taking the reigns at the bar at John Anthony. Having worked with brands like Martin Miller’s and Three Rivers, Javaid should be able to put the city’s largest gin collection to good use. A consistently inventive bartender, see what he’s all about at our party, where he'll be joined by fellow Maximal Concepts mixologists, Suraj Gurung (Stockton) and Magnus Ribbing (The Flying Elk).

There will be live music

There will be live music

What’s a party without some live music to help set the mood? A veteran of Pacha Macau, Chess Taipei and here in Hong Kong, Bungalow, Levels, HQ and Racks, Dave Guo, aka DJ Swei, will be manning the decks on the night. Inspired by old-school turntablers like DJs Jazzy Jeff and Q-Bert and more recent tastemakers like Diplo, expect an easy soundtrack of deep house tunes to relax you and soundtrack the night.

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Plus there will be plenty of nibbles

Plus there will be plenty of nibbles

If you’re worried about going hungry on the night, you’ll be glad to know there will be an array of canapes going round to help keep your stomach lined. Expect a curated selection of canapés from The Pawn’s famous kitchen, perfectly keeping with its traditional, rustic style of cooking.

Our Readers’ Choice winner will be announced

Our Readers’ Choice winner will be announced

One of the most important parts of the night will be the announcement of our Readers’ Choice winner. While we’ll be letting the city know what bars we think are the most deserving of praise in our forthcoming issue – out November 29 – we’ll also be revealing the winner of Readers’ Choice award (voting is now closed). Unlike all the other winners, the result of this won’t be announced until the night of the Bar Awards party, so you’ll have to turn up to find out who is the people’s champion.

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