So Art Basel is heading to Hong Kong. And bringing its coterie of artsy wildness with it. You’ll need your usual sharp eye for pre-mid-postmodernism. But also: a library full of whiskey and at least one taco joint that turns into a dance club. Naturally, we’ve got you covered—and then some.
Just a Miniature Pirate Ship Pisco Bar
At some point—say, just after acquiring your sculpture garden’s pièce de résistance—you may have an urge for barrel-aged pisco sours in a cocktail bar that looks like a Peruvian pirate ship, with bamboo trimmings, a faux-starlit ceiling and everything. Especially now that you know such a thing exists.
411: The Roger Room, G/F, 39 Peel St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2341 2220
A Speakeasy Hiding in a Fish Market
More than anything—even more than the art—you should be excited for Hong Kong’s wet markets. Because that’s the part where you’ll saunter between a lantern shop and a live squid stand into a jazz-filled lounge where cocktails are served on silver platters. Yes, you love that part.
411: Speakeasy 001, LG/F, Shop G1, Welley Building, 97 Wellington St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2810 6969
TAQ THE REINS
A Dance Club Masquerading as a Taqueria
In Hong Kong, as in life, you can dance (if you want to). In this case: you can find yourself in an opulent taqueria one minute, and then saunter through the kitchen to find a hidden den of electronica where you’ll dance among friends. And if those friends don’t dance… well, you know the rest.
411: Socialito, Shop 2, G/F, The Centrium, 60 Wyndham St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 3167 7380
WHEN IN RONIN
A Sushi Temple with a Whiskey Library
High art demands equally high cuisine. A sushi den from a triple-Michelin-starred raw fish guru: getting there. Add a whiskey bar that gives you a private access card with which to access your own personal whiskey library: now we’re talking. It’s pretty much why they invented the Dewey Decimal System.
A London Superclub Does Hong Kong
You know Boujis. It’s that London members-only joint where princes Harry and William and other socially mobile gents enjoy spots of gin. Well, they just expanded to Hong Kong. Timothy Oulton and Thomas Pink did the decor. And MI6 designed the door policy. Not really, but pretty much.
411: Boujis, 37 Pottinger St, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2324 0200