THE WISE KING
Entered through a back alley, this Soho gem is intimate, warm and cosy, something increasingly hard to find in this part of town. Lavish wallpaper and plush leather seats add a touch of old-world charm to your experience of tapas and exotic cocktails.
Basement, 25 Staunton Street, Central; +852 (2326) 5822
A coa is a tool for harvesting agave, an apt name for a Mexican-inspired cocktail bar with the most comprehensive list of mezcal, tequila and other agave spirits in town. Warning: the clarified coconut milk punch will keep cropping up on your bill.
THE SEA BY THE OLD MAN
Behind a discreet blue door on a quiet street in Sheung Wan, The Sea is the second bar by the team at The Old Man named in homage to Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man And The Sea. True to its name, the drinks here are inspired by the ocean and heavy with mineral flavours. Go for the seaweed gin with fermented pineapple rind soda.
2 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan; +852 (2307) 0030