While brand new, supermodel-slim apartment buildings and office blocks are always rising across the city, there are just as many new ventures setting up digs in classic old buildings hidden away down narrow lanes in sleepy, emerging neighborhoods. Here, the heritage and history of former occupants is often infused into the persona of the new tenant in a cultural kaleidoscope that results in a living legacy that’s always a refreshing adventure to encounter.
Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria is just such an example. Punters enter from an unassuming street in Sai Ying Pun populated by Thai take aways, television repair workshops, and after school tutor centres, and descend steep stairs into a cavernous space that was once the local table tennis club. Here, beneath double-height ceilings and provocative, cheeky art, the global gin renaissance meets Spanish tradition, with plenty of welcome local flair. Spain remains the second largest producer of gin in the world and Ping Pong not only features over a dozen international gins – from Sipsmith and Millers through to Germany’s coveted Monkey 47 - but is also poised to offer a further dozen from the land of paella and Penelope Cruz. An innovative gin and tonic menu does the three part gin-tonic-garnish match up for you, while a snack menu features the likes of 25 month aged Iberico ham to croquetas de Jamon y champinones. While the red neon-drenched cocktail divan is still figuring out its desired demographic (a stiffer dress code is also expected in the coming months, with talk of becoming a ‘private members club’ down the line) Ping Pong’s collective of owners are promising chic DJ and jazz nights to go with the new gin arrivals, if neighbours don’t shut them down first.
Because intolerance is a terrible thing.
Ping Pong 129 Gintoneria
129 Second St, Nam Cheong Hse, Sai Ying Pun, Tel:
+852 9158 1584