Wednesday, 21.2.2018

Captain's Bar 50th Anniversary Oh Captain My Captain


Plenty of important things happened in 1963. Beatlemania struck the UK as the four Liverpool charmers hit the charts with three singles and a debut album. Doug Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute invented the computer "mouse", and both gamers and web voyeurs alike have thanked him since. The first push button telephones were introduced in 1963, the Rolling Stones were formed, the iconic Smiley Face was created, and Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr made his historic march on Washington. All these world-changing events were cause for celebration, in one way or another.

Fortunately the Captain’s Bar at the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong was also opening its doors for the first time in 1963. Fifty years – or 18,262 days – later, this iconic watering hole remains an institution among the city’s well-to-do. With its rich red couches and white gloved waiters, the Captain’s Bar is a little slice of James Bond in Hong Kong, a Rick’s Café for the Far East, a Harry’s Bar for the Fragrant Harbour. Here fortunes have been made and lost, characters have come and gone, but the bar has remained comfortingly the same, a tiny pond of respite in an ocean of change. As part of the celebrations, the saloon’s 50 top sippers will be awarded silver martini glasses, perfectly timed for the arrival of martini guru Alessandro Palazzi, who will whip up a list of exclusive interpretations in October, culminating in a coveted Captain’s Bar martini master class on the 26th.

Call it an ode to two international icons.

The Captain’s Bar Turns 50
5 Connaught Road, Central
2522 0111


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