Chin Chin Bar
May 11, 2018
The bars of chain hotels the world over have a distinct feel to them, which is seemingly impossible to avoid, and the Hyatt Regency’s Chin Chin Bar is no exception. While efforts have been made to localize the décor, with a charming back bar wall made up of Chinese camphor chests and further Chinese motifs throughout, it remains, resolutely, a Hyatt bar. A far cry from its sister hotel, the flagship Grand Hyatt on Hong Kong island, the Kowloon-side Regency is clearly the more price-effective Hyatt brand and Chin Chin Bar fits its niche well – the three-piece live band belting out Whitney Houston classics is perfect for solo business travelers to concentrate on while they drink, and the dark, plush furnishings suit it well. A saving grace comes in the form of a huge terrace, overlooking the busy city streets and blazing neon of Tsim Sha Tsui – one part of Hong Kong that truly never sleeps. As it is only three floors up, the sounds of the city drift up but drinkers are able to luxuriate in some real space – the terrace (particularly on hot summer nights) is never crowded. Drink options are fairly middle of the road, with classic cocktails a fairly safe bet. The one ‘signature,’ which we were told is only available at Chin Chin, came in the form of “Eye in the Sky,” a science-experiment of a drink, mixing sake, vodka, lychee liqueur and blue curacao for a unique experience. Probably best to stick to the martinis, which are quite delicious.