Now innovation and flare, imagination and science, can be found in the city’s top cocktail divans, many of which are the creation of the city’s molecular mixology poster boy, Antonio Lai and his hospo partner Charlene Dawes.
Fresh from the success of Quinary and Origin, the dynamic duo’s newest nook, The Envoy, has opened at boutique urban hideaway The Pottinger. This time Lai teams up with award-winning Malaysian bartender Amanda Wan to create a curated collection of innovative elixirs, each with an appropriate backstory. With sleek, colonial-esque interiors – think dark wood, hippo paintings on the wall, one of the longest bars in town, and a spacious terrace to boot - this is a nice spot but not one you’re going to be a regular at. The drinks are creative and taste good but are a little heavy on the sugar and a little light on the booze. Instead this is where you’ll come to break ice with that new femme du jour over a cocktail served in a blood plasma bag; hob knob with visiting clients over a round of tea-laced Dewdrops of the Heart on the first stop of a corporate credit-card funded bar crawl; or to close the deal over decadent cocktails that are part drink part dessert.
The Envoy: Equal parts innovation and invigoration
3/F, The Pottinger Hong Kong, 74 Queen’s Road Central,
+852 2169 3311,www.theenvoy.hk