- Night Out
May 11, 2018
This venerable Hong Kong institution is a short staircase down from the lobby of the Mandarin Oriental and a step back into a different era. As the name suggests, it’s perfectly snug encased in wood panelling, furnished by 18th century British prints and old world maps. The modern world outside doesn’t get a look in, and that’s the point. It wears its credentials as one of the city’s best loved hotel bars well, eschewing trends and fads in favour of a classic style that will never be in (so never go out of) fashion. The styling hasn’t changed for yonks, with the low red leather sofas and chairs plus etched glass dividers decorated with chessboards for a little discretion between guests. Depending on the time of day or night you visit, it could be a quiet cove where you can be swiftly attended to by the white tie-wearing staff or a hive of pre-dinner glad-rags or late night liaisons. Each pocket of the L-shaped room provides its own unique scene to add to the greater tapestry of Hong Kong night-life. Whatever you decide to imbibe – featured cocktails are competent, like the rum-based Captain’s Orders or time of day specified Old Fashioned (“modern”, 7pm, “classic” 10pm) – it will probably come served in one of the terrific vintage pewter mugs. Together with the wooden caskets some of the bar snacks arrive in, they are yet another stand out feature of this timeless classic.