Reality or fantasy, the film bathed the New York stock market scene, and its associated extracurricular activities, in the kind of warm light that begins to shroud your brain after that 4th beer in the sun. Despite not impressing the Academy, it proved to be an even more effective recruitment tool for the global stock market industry than Top Gun was for the US Navy, despite Belfort’s eventual fall from grace. So it’s with little surprise that the film has now inspired Hong Kong’s newest cocktail corner.
Like the stock market scene, there’s two sides to Wolf Market; located at the heart of Lan Kwai Fong, the ground floor of this pint-sized parlor not only offers great people watching but is lit across the walls and ceiling by LED screens displaying drink prices like stocks. As a drink is ordered its price goes up; if it’s less popular the price goes down. While the maximum fluctuation of libations is only around HK$30 it makes for some great speculative trading on the part of the sipper. If you’d prefer a safer bet squeeze up the narrow stairs to the Trading Floor, a chic cocktail lounge where a team of mixologists shake and stir up a storm. Blue chips on the menu include the Golden Cross, a mellow, soul-soothing blend of bourbon, brandy, coffee and maple syrup; and the Noble's Cup, with Ketel One Citroen, Aperol, grapefruit, apple, lemon, ginger and coriander. If your portfolio has seen better days drown your sorrows in a Green Field, a heady elixir of Tanqueray gin, Dolin Blanc, green Chartreuse, and absinthe, served in a miniature glass skull, and if you choose to play out the market, keep sated with gourmet bar snacks like charcoal truffle toast, and spicy pork scallion sliders.
“I am not gonna die sober!” – Jordan Belfort, Wolf of Wall Street
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