The bustling neighbourhood of Central perfectly encapsulates Hong Kong’s reputation as a city that never sleeps. From the pinstripers that traverse its streets in the daylight hours to the carousers who dwell within its countless nightlife hotspots after sunset, there’s always something to explore in this hip-and-happening area. Now, there’s a brand new attraction to entice the city’s boozy beverage imbibers – The ThirtySix Bar & Co.
Conveniently located along the escalators on Hollywood Road, this recently-opened bar is an ode to the quintessential Highball cocktail. The brainchild of Philippe Nguyen – whose lengthy resume includes launching local favourites like Lily & Bloom and Tazmania Ballroom – The ThirtySix boasts charming interiors reminiscent of luxurious train carriages of a bygone era. It’s a design conceit that will immediately put those who venture within at ease.
Tucked right behind next to the bar is one of this outlet’s true gems, a whisky cellar that’s equipped with every imaginable vintage a connoisseur could request. Available for purchase by the bottle, The ThirtySix also offers guests the chance to buy smaller portions – perfect for trying out a tasty new tipple or two.
At the bar, meanwhile, the focus is all on its delicious cocktails. There’s the 21st Century California, a surprisingly subtle blend of San Balthazar’s mezcal, the bar’s proprietary soda water and a dash of bitter dark chocolate. Or, for the whisky aficionado, try the Highlander, a dangerously smooth concoction made from BenRiach 10 Years and soda. For a unique and historically-inspired treat, shoot for the B for Mayor’s Boilermaker. Inspired by Antonín Josef Čermák, Chicago’s 34th mayor of Czech descent, whose love of Becherovka herbal liqueur and mixed with beer, this up market interpretation also incorporates Rebel Yell Kentucky bourbon, thyme and lemon juice. Beware, this is not for the faint-of-heart.
The ThirtySix Bar & Co. 2/F, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong. (852) 2336 4498.