World's Best Bar
World's Best Bar
- Late night Drinking
- Day Drinking
- Great food
- Live music
Feb 26, 2020
Offering a sophisticated take on the traditional Japanese izakaya style and concept of informal eating and drinking, Zuma was co-founded by Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney in 2002 and has since expanded to 11 venues around the globe. Occupying 2 floors in Central’s iconic Landmark complex, the Hong Kong iteration is now one of the city’s most exclusive spots. Connected by a striking spiral staircase, the restaurant and its three dramatic open kitchens (the main kitchen, the sushi counter and the robata grill) are on the 5th level, while the ultra-chic bar and lounge is on the level above.
Designed by award-winning Japanese design group Studio Glitt’s Noriyoshi Muramatsu, the space is clean and minimal with a fresh, timeless and luxurious vibe. Natural materials such as wood, stone, iron and glass are used to seamlessly fuse traditional Japanese design with contemporary Western influences. The bar level has comfortable lounging areas, a semi-private room, and floor-to-ceiling windows that open to an exclusive outside terrace.
The cocktail menu by bar manager Arkadiusz Rybak combines an extensive knowledge of cutting-edge Western mixology techniques with a love for Japanese ingredients, spirits, culture, and precision. We love the Semei Sour, a spectacular take on the Whisky Sour with Japanese whisky, yuzu juice, egg white, plum bitters and smoke. Another favorite is the Honda Negroni, with shiso infused gin, Mancino Rosso, Campari and umeshu. And if you’re craving something fresh and fruity, definitely go for the Rubabu, made with rhubarb infused sake, vodka and passion fruit. The bar also offers an extensive selection of whiskies from all over Japan – including some incredibly rare and pricey bottles – and over 40 varieties of sake.
While many guests start with a drink before moving to the restaurant downstairs, it’s also possible to sample Zuma’s cuisine without moving from your seat: the bar offers the same menu as the restaurant during dinner, and izakaya style means that dishes are designed to be shared. Excellent DJ sets draw in the city’s most stylish crowd (so make sure you dress to impress), and a weekend free-flow champagne brunch is also part of the programme.