This month, we bring you two exciting new bar openings around town – The Wise King and Room 309 by Antonio Lai.

    Known as the golden age of culinary and mixology exploration, the 13th century is the inspiration behind the The Wise King, a bar that has taken Hong Kong by storm this summer. A modern classic bar that seeks to embody the opulence fit for a king, the bar is the perfect destination for socializers, global explorers and drinkers who wish to embark on a beautiful journey with delicious tapas and delightful mixes. Founded by Joe Villanueva and Sandeep Kumar, the bar’s menu features an alluring cocktail journey that draws from its heritage to modern drinking customs with unique ingredients explored through contemporary styles and techniques. Exotic and extraordinary ingredients are selectively sourced to create cocktails that are deep in flavor and rich in stories.

    A seemingly ordinary hotel room nestled within the chic boutique hotel The Pottinger Hong Kong, ROOM 309 is a surreptitious and refined cocktail haven helmed by award-winning Tastings Group’s Executive Mixologist, Antonio Lai. Since its opening in late July, ROOM 309 has been lauded as a discreet cocktail parlour where the creative potentials of connoisseurs, creatives and thinkers can lay untapped and imagination unfolded. To gain entry to the elusive bar, guests will check in at “The Reception” to receive their keycard. Under the expert guidance of Executive Mixologist Antonio Lai and Bar Manager Hungie Fong, guests will be treated to a menu of handcrafted cocktails and modern classics shaken and stirred to subvert their senses in presentations circled around the theme of imagination, promising an experience unlike any other.