And it’s just as well because there is no topic better than the art of mixology with which to break the inevitable ice on a first date with a new lady friend. Every drinker has their own preferences, every cocktail its own origin story, every spirit its own complexities, and the result is a plethora of topics on which to navigate the night.
Enter a new temple of bartending bliss with the The Artesian Bar at the Langham Hong Kong. The hot Asian sister to London’s award-winning watering hole, The Artesian is part of the Langham’s multi-million dollar renovation and serves up signature elixirs like the Lillet and absinthe-infused Paddington; distinctly Hong Kong tipples by bar manager Rajendra “Rush” Lumbu; and an enviable selection of luxury spirits, including 52 bourbons and 34 gins, matched with tonics sourced from around the world. The contemporary yet elegant space takes the common hotel bar to the next level, with bespoke furnishings wreathing a bar lined with stools and attentive bar keeps. Select a low-slung settee or pull up a perch at the bar, show off your cocktail trivia with sophisticated subtlety, order a couple of curated conversation starters, and watch that ice just melt away.
Heat wins again.
The Artesian, The Langham Hong Kong,
8 Peking Road,
Tsim Sha Tsui,