The Spirited Traveller: A view to a cocktail in Hong Kong

Tue Jul 5, 2011 9:01am EDT
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By Kara Newman

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Visit Hong Kong and you'll quickly notice two things: the killer jet lag and the killer views.

On the ground, Hong Kong is a busy, somewhat claustrophobic city, where business gets done at rapid-fire speed. But above the fray, a more serene mood takes hold.

One of the great pleasures of Hong Kong is the multitude of opportunities to relax with a cocktail while the city unfurls its expansive view outside colossal hotel windows.

For a view on where to drink in 2011, I turned to Angus Winchester of Alconomics Asia, a Hong Kong-based bar consultancy.

"The only real Hong Kong cocktail is non-alcoholic," Winchester says. "It's called a Gunner, and is ginger ale and ginger beer mixed with lemon and a dash of bitters."

As for where to enjoy a Gunner (or stronger drink), Winchester regards The Captain's Bar (here)

at the Mandarin Oriental, in the heart of the Central district, as the ultimate business bar.

"It's where all the tai-pans of Hong Kong used to go, and it still reeks of business," he says. "You know you have made it when you have your own silver tankard behind the bar."   Continued...