May 11, 2018
Gin: refined and refreshing or “mother’s ruin”? Whichever side of the love-hate divide you fall, Ori-Gin is Hong Kong’s main devotee of the juniper juice. Here you can take it “sloe” with classics or charge through the hardbacked cocktail list for some innovative connoctions that use ingredients and gins from across the world. For a sweet, long drink, and novelty value, the KGB should be sampled as it comes served in a mini bathtub, complete with rubber duck. That’s a good hook for some of the city’s younger drinkers, but for those who don’t need fads — egg white makes its way into many of the drinks here — there are plenty of other options, like the reviving lemon-grass-infused Fields of Green or Pandan Jax that comes wrapped in so much foliage it conjures up images of colonial lawns on a south-east Asian hill station. The vibe is much more buzzy than that though, as it’s a few steps from the club-bars of Hong Kong’s very own Gin Lane: Wyndam Street. On Friday and Saturday nights then, it’s not the place for a contemplative drink, the gin-infused revelry echoing up to the high ceiling. The metal grill covering the bar adds a old-timey dispensary feel, and there’s more than a nod to all those old-fashioned home-brewers with the full-size bathtub by the bathroom. All in all it’s more for hoochers than Hogarth fans.
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