Mariners' Rest A Night Locked Up Never Looked So Good

[16/12/09] 

Most of us have an inherent fear of getting arrested (guilty or not) and sent off to prison, a place with no windows, steel bars and a bunk mate called Bruno, who buys liquid soap in bulk. Yet TST’s newest nightspot makes the most of its claustrophobic interiors and colourful heritage to take you ‘downtown’ in a whole new (and more comfortable) way.

The Mariners’ Rest, located at newly-opened Hullet House, was once the watering hole of the Marine Police and one of the oldest bars in the city. Replete with holding cells dating back to 1881, used to house triads, pirates and smugglers, the Rest offers some of the best British beer (yes, you can ask them to chill it) and pub-grub in Tsim Sha Tsui. Back in the day, visiting seafarers would bring a rare plants or sapling for the station’s expansive gardens, to a ring of the bell and a complimentary dram of rum. Now you can snack on a deluxe ploughman’s platter, washed down with a British Spitfire beer and meet the latest generation of visiting vagabonds.

Bruno would be impressed.

Mariners’ Rest
www.hulletthouse.com
Hullet House
2A Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tel: 3988-0103
Open Daily: 11am-11pm

Nuts & Bolts
Doing hard time in one of Hong Kong’s oldest speakeasies.

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