Every one has their preference when it comes to a good martini – shaken or stirred, vodka or gin – but there’s one thing we can all agree on and that is that a good martini should be fresh and timeless. Why? Because although the drink is comprised of only a handful of ingredients, making it seem simple, it holds an impressive flexibility that allows the drink to adapt and change with the times yet still staying a refreshingly cool (as in ‘kool’) drink.
If you’re looking for classic and fresh, Duddell’s does an exquisite job of both food and drink. It’s a cultural and social destination for people who have an appreciation for the arts. Don’t expect cheap booze splashed over an ice cube; expect fire and ice. From their super cold Belvedere Classic Martini to their Wabasabi Martini with green apple and wasabi tones, you’ll be spoilt for choice on great martini twists.
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 12 – 12, Fri 12 – 1am, Sat 12 – 1am, Sun 12 – 11pm
Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion, 1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong + 2525 9191
Porterhouse by Laris
Porterhouse is a newly established contemporary, upscale steak house that also does an extremely good job with alcoholic beverages. They may not have the best of terraces to enjoy a drink during the summer evenings, but the interior makes for a relaxed setting whether you’re sat on a bar stool or table. Their martini list is of a fair size and allows you to choose your poison – gin or vodka, of which you can also upgrade. The Definitive Dirty Martini – Extra Dirty is strong, sharp in taste and a delight for anyone, be they martini veteran or newbie. Plus the blue cheese filled olives are the perfect touch.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm; Sat – Sun 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10:30
7/F California Tower, 30 – 36 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong +852 2522 6366
Bitters and Sweets
If the name doesn’t give it away, then we will. Bitters and Sweets, a concept cocktail lounge, focuses heavily on the bitters element in their cocktail creations – a highly concentrated liquid extracted from infused botanicals and herbs. Everything here is homemade, from the bitters to the liquers, so you’ll have to admit the higher price is justified for that unique touch. Sipping a refreshingly light martini whilst nibbling on nostalgic snacks is a welcome way to end a working day.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 5:30pm – 2am, Sat 6:30 – 3am
1/F, 52 – 54 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong +852 2788 0103
M Bar at The Mandarin Oriental
M Bar has a fabulous location in Central and is another one to add to the list of bars to visit if you’re looking for good views and good drinks; it’s a stylish epicentre for nightlife in Hong Kong. You can choose from a number of unique martinis here to suit your mood: Early Grey Mar-Tea-Ni, Xiao-Ju-Hua Martini (includes chrysanthemum and a dash of absinthe), or the Hong Kong Legend (made with Belvedere Vodka, lychee and Kuei Hua Chen Chiew – an alcoholic Chinese drink produced from weak baijiu).
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11 – 12:45am, Sat 5pm – 12:45am, Sun 5pm – 11pm
5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2522 0011
Symbolizing a passion for fun, Topiary is a good place to appreciate the finer things in life, i.e. a good, stiff drink. The name of this high-end cocktail and whiskey bar reflects the actual topiary they have dotted around the place to bring that green outdoor space inside. It’s a unique place with skilled bartenders who will easily make you a classic martini with just the right amount of vodka to Lillet Blanc ratio.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 6pm – 2am, Sat 5pm – 2am, Sun 4pm – 12am
3/F Hilltop Plaza, 49 – 51 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong +852 2866 6485
With amazing views of of Victoria Harbour from above, it’s no surprise that Cafe Deco reaches new heights with both their drinks and astonishing views. You’ll have to be sure to visit soon though, as this restaurant will close its doors on July 24th. It’s an art deco themed international restaurant that does well to provide a good martini, though you’ll be paying higher prices for the view so be sure to take the time to appreciate it. The Lychee Martini is the one to try here for its exotic fruit flavor.
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11am – 11pm, Fri – Sat 11am – 11:30pm, Sun 9:30am – 11pm
Shop 101 & 201, Levels 1 & 2, The Peak Galleria, 118 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong +852 2849 5111
The Seafood Room is where you can bask in wonderful seafood, admire beautiful wall murals and sip on award-winning cocktails. If ‘Kill the Kraken’ or an ‘Ocean Mule’ don’t suit your cravings for the evening, then settling for The Classic Belvedere Martini here would be an excellent choice too. It’s fresh, it’s simple, and we’re pretty sure it goes well with seafood…?
26/F, Tower 535, 535 Jaffe Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong +852 3708 9668
Ozone at The Ritz Carlton
There’s nothing better than sitting in the highest building in Hong Kong, martini in hand, to see in the weekend. Correction: the highest bar in the world. Designed by Tokyo-based interior designer Masamichi Katayama, Ozone is a fantastic – if a little pricey – location to relax with a good drink. The martinis at Ozone range from the classics to the deliciously unique. Though the height of the building reflects the price of the drinks, it’s worth a visit at least once.
Opening hours: Mon – Wed 5pm – 1am, Thurs 5pm – 2am, Fri – Sat 5pm – 3am, Sun 12 – 12am
Level 118, International Commerce Centre, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong +852 2263 2270
Cafe Grey Deluxe
Set in the midst of the city, not only does this offer stunning views (even from within the bathroom – trust us, check it out), but the drinks and nibbles are strong game too — especially if you’re looking to try something that’s a little bit different to the classic martini, as their Earl Gray Martini works wonders on the tastebuds with a combination of Earl Grey infused Beefeater Gin, lemon and orange.
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 12 – 2:30pm, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm; Sat – Sun 12 – 2:30pm, 3:30 – 5:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
Level 49, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong + 852 3968 1106
Belvedere Vodka, renowned for its silky soft texture and delicate creamy rye notes, has been checking out the bar scene in Hong Kong and celebrates the Classic Martini as the perfect showpiece as a spirit that us universally recognized.
Whether you enjoy it shake or stirred, if you head over to Bitters & Sweets, Duddell’s, Penthouse, The Seafood Room, Topiary and URA to enjoy your Classic Belvedere Martini from 17 – 19 June – and the last name on your HKID card contains M-A-R-T-I-N-I alphabets – you’ll receive your first martini on the house!