May 11, 2018
As Hong Kong began to ever-more-enthusiastically embrace cocktail culture, a place like The Woods opening was inevitable. Almost invisible to those walking by, this discreet entrance on Hollywood Road takes patrons downstairs and into a well-appointed space where the staff – and clientele – is serious about their drinks. The Woods “specializes in artisanal liquors, seasonal ingredients, and a culinary take on cocktails,” and for something a little out of the ordinary – and of a distinctly higher quality than many of its neighbours – it will not disappoint. Quirks on the classics – like the “Beet Negroni” — Beetroot-infused Tanqueray Gin, Dolin Rosso Vermouth and Campari, and the Dirty Dill Martini”, (Dill-infused Tito’s Vodka, pickle brine, Dolin Vermouth, mustard seeds and garnished with a gherkin) and original creations such as the “Poddington Pea,”(Edinburgh Gin, fresh snow peas, Green Chartreuse, fresh green apple juice, tarragon, fresh lemon juice, pea sprouts and egg white) vie for attention.
It is a tastefully laid out space – not overly large, which is unsurprising, given its location and its subterranean nature – but it so laid out as to never feel crowded. Very modern, its design is at once airy and cozy, and the staff professional and attentive. Given its size and the fact that it is never allowed to get too crowded, reservations are highly recommended, especially for the latter part of the week and into the weekend.
It certainly isn’t the place to go if red-blooded bacchanalia is your game, but for a couple of expertly-made drinks in the company of an engaged, knowledgeable bartender (and you don’t mind paying for the pleasure) is how you like to spend your evening, there can be few places in Hong Kong to rival this.
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