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The best gin bars in Hong Kong

It's time to renew your gin membership

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Time Out Hong Kong
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A lot has changed this year, including the bar scene in Hong Kong, but when it comes top-level mixology, gin is still one of the most favoured spirits in our city. Of course, gin has always been popular thanks to the classic and refreshing G&T, but now Hong Kong's most discerning drinkers are looking beyond the usual gin and tonic and looking for something more creative. Thankfully, there are a fair few spots in our city that continue to spearhead gin appreciation in Hong Kong and to make your life easier, here are the best.

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The best gin bars in Hong Kong

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • West Kowloon

To cater to disparate tastes, Rest Coffee Gin is a coffee shop that turns into a gin bar at night. In the morning, coffee is brewed from one of ten different kinds of single-origin coffee beans, and after sunset, 80 different gins can be sampled with an equally interesting and flavourful tonic. Make sure to try one of the signature tea cocktails too; the bar offers gin that is infused with teas such as Darjeeling and even a unique bush tea to try.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Sai Ying Pun

Turning an old ping pong hall on the unassuming and remote streets of Sai Ying Pun into a stylish Spanish gin bar has proven to be a stroke of genius. There’s nothing more appealing to a crowd of hipsters and creatives than a reprocessed space that still features touches of the original, and adequately combines grit with taste. The bar does a decent job of giving a stage to Spain’s excellent gin scene by featuring some of the country’s best variations of the spirit and cocktails that appropriately complement the unique characteristics of each gin.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Central

Brought to us by the team behind Mrs Pound (which is now sadly closed) and Foxglove is Dr Fern’s Gin Parlour. The bar, which is tucked away inside the Landmark, is a speakeasy-like venue that houses over 250 gins showcasing premium bottles from around the world. You can enjoy them straight up or in an array of creative cocktails. Choose your prefered flavour profile or taste through a few, from refreshingly citrus or sweet to the more spicy and savoury, or easy-to-drink fruity and floral, there is something for everyone. Dr Fern's also offers an array of bar bites including charcuterie or mixed cheeseboards.

  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Wan Chai

Bedecked with lush greenery and teal-coloured walls lined with botanical illustrations, the decor at The Optimist pays obvious homage to gin. The gin selection puts a heavy onus on Spanish-style gin and tonics and serves up some exciting versions. Flavour profiles of cocktails range from the floral in The Windmill which uses Beefeater gin, to the refreshing Black Forest with Monkey 47, and the spicy with Gin on Ginger which uses Plymouth.

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  • Bars and pubs
  • Tsim Sha Tsui

From London to Hong Kong, this world-famous bar concept landed at The Langham with a romantic Art Deco interior and a setting as sophisticated as their cocktails. Offering elegant signature cocktails and gin and tonic specialities, guests at Artesian can enjoy homemade infusions shaken and stirred with some interesting gins from around the world, including Copperhead The Alchemist’s Gin from Belgium, Williams Chase Elegant Crisp Gin from England, and more.

  • Bars and pubs
  • Cocktail bars
  • Central

When this attractive bar space opened in Central in mid-2016, it really accented Hong Kong’s increasingly serious approach to gin, demonstrating that there was real intent from the city’s mixologists to shine a spotlight on this spirit. With infused gins prepared in-house complimenting its first-rate selection of artisanal gins and an expertly curated cocktail menu with both creative and classic gin cocktails to choose from, this is high-level stuff worth sipping.

Not feeling the gin? Try these whisky and beer bars instead!

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