Certified World's Best Bar
Hong Kong-Wan Chai
- Chill Out
- Late night Drinking
- Day Drinking
- Great View
- Great food
- Live music
Apr 06, 2020
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. At The Pawn – 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 the balcony that runs its length are features that are hard to find elsewhere in this part of the city.
The Pawn is spread over three levels. The Pawn Botanicals Bar, where you can enjoy handcrafted cocktails as well as coffee, lunch, and an appetizing menu of all-day bar snacks, is located on the first floor. The second floor is home to the venue’s restaurant, The Pawn Kitchen, offering simple and rustic seasonal dishes cooked with modern flair. Classified by the city as an open public space, the rooftop garden is accessible to everyone. It also grows some of the fresh aromatic herbs used by The Pawn’s mixologists and kitchen.
The Pawn Botanicals Bar has something for everybody: the outside terrace is perfect for brunch or an after work group drink, and the two bars will take you from happy hour to late at night. The interior has a relaxed and distinctly contemporary vibe, with modern designer furniture and a plethora of potted plants. The layout is divided into a series of welcoming spaces, with one of them being the second bar, a hidden area with a sharper, private club-like atmosphere.
The cocktail list features perfectly-executed and reinvented classics as well as fresh original creations where fruit, flower and herb flavors are the stars, staying true to the botanical theme. One of the bar’s signatures is the Lazy Plum, with Monkey 47 Sloe Gin, Falernum, lemon juice , plum pulp, and edible orchid flower. Also worth trying is their powerfully herbal White Negroni, with vodka, Gran Classico, Suze and Kina L’Avion d’Or, or one of their fragrant “Art-inis”, such as the Southeast Asian Martini, with black pepper infused vodka, lychee liqueur, kaffir lime leaves and lemon juice.
Entertainment-wise, DJs spin in the main room every weekend. If you’re a latin music fan, the bar also hosts a recurring Cuban night salsa party called The Pawn Buena Vista Social Club – a throwback to 1920s Havana high life, filled with live music, rum, daiquiris and dancing.