Ping Pong 129
May 11, 2018
Hong Kong’s general rule of thumb is ‘go west.’ As happening neighbourhoods get crowded and ultimately lose their cache, those in-the-know strike out westwards along the city’s elongated harborfront. And as with the hip new areas to live appear in Sheung Wan, Sai Ying Pun and Kennedy Town, so go the bars. Ping Pong is a classic – and particularly well-executed — example of the benefits of moving out of the tried-and-tested environs of Central and Soho. Housed in an old ping-pong hall (yes, really) it benefits enormously from super-high ceilings, which create that rarest of HK qualities – space. The double-height ceilings lend themselves to a certain industrial-chic, and the eye-catching bar with its neon signage is a real draw – and a favorite of fashion photographers throughout the city. Located in up-and-coming Sai Ying Pun, which has been seeing the influx of hipsters – and hip bars – for a few years now and will only see more, thanks to its new subway station and escalator, it is a real original.It isn’t afraid to pay tribute to its origins, and the décor is distinctly retro Hong Kong in deference to its former, sportier incarnation. As the name suggests, it specializes in the Spanish ‘gin tonic’ experience, creating a raft of incredibly well-poured creations, with subtly different combinations of gins – they have XX on the menu – paired with artisanal and small-batch tonics and a carefully-curated garnishes to best showcase the spirit and mixer combination.The drinks here aren’t cheap, but they are generous and well worth a visit.