May 11, 2018
Hong Kong’s lust to knock down and rebuild has thankfully spared The Pawn. Preserved as a local heritage site, this pre-Second World War tenement building has been restored and updated to house one of Wan Chai’s most characterful establishments. Inside this first floor bar – named after the building’s original tenant, the Woo Cheong Pawn Shop – there’s not much to remind visitors of its initial incarnation, although the high ceilings and balcony that run the length of the building are two features that are hard to find elsewhere in this part of the city. A recent refurbishment has given the interior a distinctly contemporary feel, with modern designer furniture and a plethora of pot-plants on the balcony to help cleanse the traffic fumes that might otherwise overwhelm. The roof is actually public space, but also houses some greenery used by the Pawn’s mixologists and kitchen. It’s not quite Kew Gardens, but the cocktail list continues the botanical theme with the Cha Chi Chi a vodka and coconut cream blend, and Cherry Bomb, a refresher made with gin, cherry purée, rosemary and pineapple juice. Bar snacks have a modern British flavour, from crispy onion rings to mini lamb burgers and pork ribs. DJs spin in the main room in the evenings to keep the tempo up, but not too allegro, while a revolving wooden door reveals another space with a sharper cocktail bar feel that also swings open its verandah doors when the weather is as sweet as some of the drinks.
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