Speakeasy


Stockton's

Hong Kong-Central

4.5 / 5

May 11, 2018

You can’t fault a bar that has oil paintings of David Bowie and actor Bill Murray on the wall. Especially if these cultural heroes are reimagined as generals from the Napoleonic wars.

You can’t fault a bar that has oil paintings of David Bowie and actor Bill Murray on the wall. Especially if these cultural heroes are re-imagined as generals from the Napoleonic wars. They both hang on the back wall of Stockton’s dimly lit interior, that rocks a steam-punk, 19th-century parlour vibe with other decorative twists among the leather-bound furniture and secluded wood booths. The cocktail list harks back to a more genteel era, although the playfulness evident in the bar’s theme spills over to the fulsome descriptions on the menu. A Bajan Housewife is recommended for those favouring something a little more tart, with rum, Angostura Bitters and citrus, while the whisky-based Brass Monkey is another of the signature drinks. The Hawtrey – named after the British “Carry On” films actor Charles Hawtrey – is the go-to cocktail for gin-drinkers. Beetroot gravlax, homemade country terrine and cracked mud crab with avocado offer a taste of something a bit different on the menu. The secluded location – down an alleyway just off Wyndham Street and up a short flight of stairs – is a good fit for Stockton’s desire to recreate a little bit of London in the 1890s, although thankfully nothing more menacing than a polite door-person to greet you lies in wait. 

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