5 Favourite Restaurants & Bars of Writers and Bloggers

We asked five popular writers and bloggers, where they head when they fancy a drink. Just the one dear.

In a city studded with bars and drinking spots galore, where everyone has a place to call their own, we asked five writers and wildly popular bloggers, where they head when they want a quiet – or a rambunctious – tipple. Just the one? They asked. Well, more to follow obviously. Here’s what they said.

Hugger Mugger

Editor Abid Rahman, ” I suppose the best food is in Punjab Club, best place to drink (if I had to) would be Hugger Mugger or Ori-gin.”

About Hugger Mugger: A British Salon serving cocktails inspired by Britain’s eclectic cultural legends, Hugger Mugger brings new energy to Wyndham Street. Concealed behind a unassuming door and down a perilously lit staircase, the hidden gem is a clandestine meeting place for those in the know. Or so they say on their official site. Praise be, it really is a fantastic venue. The cocktail menu asks you to sip with Pink Floyd, William Shakespeare, and Ian Fleming. Would be rude not to.

Hugger Mugger
Basement 43, 55 Wyndham St, Central, +852 2362 8988
Reserve now: huggermugger.hk/

Ori-gin

48 Wyndham St, Central, +852 2668 5583
Reserve now: www.originbar.hk/

Model and Blogger Jeremy Wong, “Dragon-i! It is still my favourite place for a night out since it’s safe and the team in the club are friendly, it always has good music. La Petite Maison is another favourite – my experience there has been good since day one. My waiter refilling wine within 10 seconds of an empty glass, good dish portions and you never know which celebrity or star you’ll run into over there. Last time I was there, Leonardo Dicaprio was having dinner with his latest young girlfriend!”

About La Petite Maison: Don’t be fooled by the name, there’s nothing ‘petite’ about the gorgeous 3,600 sq foot restaurant that continues the tradition of serving light French, Mediterranean and Niçoise cuisine. Paired with fine wines, scrumptious pastas, sizzling seafood, and meat dishes prepared with fresh produce makes this one of the hottest (and difficult to get a table at) venues in the 852. Since its star-studded opening, the restaurant has seen celebrities galore. We find their wine cellar to be beyond compare. Especially the reds.

dragon-i
The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central, +852 3110 1222
Reserve now: www.dragon-i.com.hk/

La Petite Maison

Shop 1, H Queen’s, 23-29, 1/F Stanley St, Central, +852 2887 1113
Reserve now: lpmlondon.co.uk/hongkong/

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Editor Jing Zhang. “MO Bar at the Mandarin Landmark. A classic Hong Kong institution for after-work drinks (and secret concerts). I know the crowd can be a bit corporate but they usually end up letting their hair down soon enough”

About MO Bar: Located on the ground floor of the Mandarin Landmark, MO Bar is one of the city’s hottest nightspots (especially during soirees when they feature live musical, celebrity and DJ acts) as the sophisticated venue is popular with socialites and stars in equal measure. With omnipresent DJs up every night, each one offers their own distinctive musical direction and signature tunes. Even the MO Bar weekend brunch is accompanied by DJs! With exquisite wines, classic cocktails and barkeep that love a challenge, you can grab anything at MO Bar. Psst: Our personal favourite, their classic Vespa. Try it.

MO Bar
15 Queen’s Road Central, Central, +852 2132 0077
Reserve now: www.mandarinoriental.com/mo-bar

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Editor Kieran Ho: When I’m in the mood for some live music off the beaten trail, my usual go to is Ilan on Wo On Lane, a cosy bar where the patrons dance and sing well into the night.

About Ilan Cafe Bar: You need to turn a corner in Lan Kwai Fong to find the hidden-in-plain-sight joys of Ilan bar which features live music and parties that often spill into the streets till the wee hours of morn. They serve drinks such as the Burlesque Dancer, Kiwi Martini and other notable concoctions but if that doesn’t grab your fancy, why just make-your-own cocktails with the help of the friendly barkeep. To top it all, there are shisha pipes available upon request too.

Ilan Cafe Bar • Casa de Modas
8 Wo On Lane, Lan Kwai Fong, Central, +852 2521 8585
Reserve now: www.facebook.com/ilanhk/

Blogger Veronica Li, “Foxglove – that’s Lan Kwai Fong right? Close enough! Well, the music and cocktails are always so good.”

About Foxglove: Hidden behind an English umbrella shop, Foxglove is one of the city’s favourite haunts for live jazz and the finest cocktails. The old-world charms of a traditional speakeasy are hard to miss, transporting you to the golden-age of prohibition, live music, underground jazz and exceptional beats. With a selection of bold flavours in each cocktail – replete with “stories” of the enigmatic globetrotter Frank Minza (the elusive figure behind Foxglove), learn more about the myths and the man. Overall, Foxglove is an elegant destination to begin and end a night with.

Foxglove
2/F, 6 Duddell St, Central, +852 2116 8949
Reserve now: www.foxglovehk.com/

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