L'etage Bar & Cigar Lounge Cool Bar with Cigar Basement Opens in SoHo

[09/01/12] 

L’étage is a new bar on Staunton Street which is heavy on design, has a compelling drinks list and a cigar lounge downstairs. It’s an interesting addition to SoHo, tweaking rather than revolutionising where you can drink in the little strip of Hong Kong. It’s an area of the city where you bump into all and sundry, a game of chance that normally ends badly. Stumbling into your boss at 2.30am is not the natural order of things.

The waiters wear bow-ties which always goes down well and the place has a high ceiling with huge hanging lamps. The overall design met with our approval but we had to take out a magnifying glass to read the drinks list. It must have been printed in font size 6 but that’s also a testament to its scale. On offer you’ll find over 500 different recipes lead by their Moscow Mule and their house Bloody Mary. It consists of three different types of freshly squeezed tomato juice which is brilliant for your five a day.

They’ve got a strong selection of whiskies sourced from Scotland to Japan and you can take one downstairs to accompany your cigar. It’s technically a cigar shop with a tasting room attached but it’s essentially a place you can stogey up to your heart’s content. They’ve got a global collection which centres round first rate Cubans and special editions but how many times have you bitten off more than you can chew? There's nothing more embarassing than admitting defeat half way through a smoke.

Boys will be boys.


L’étage
33-35 Staunton Street
Central, Hong Kong
Tel:2522-5300
www.letage.com.hk


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