Tick off some of your global bars wish list
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Tick off some of your global bars wish list

World-leading bars team up ahead of Asia’s 50 Best Bar awards


If there ever was a reason to visit Hong Kong, this would be it. In celebration of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2024 awards that will be announced on July 16 in Hong Kong, 50 Best will bring together 24 bartenders to present a series of themed cocktail experiences.

The “50 Best Signature Sessions” will take place from July 13-18 and pair Hong Kong’s top talents with visiting international bartenders for a series of one-time-only cocktail events. Sip your way through menus curated by some of the world’s most acclaimed bar teams, including those from Handshake Speakeasy in Mexico City, Sips in Barcelona, Himkok in Oslo and Speak Low in Shanghai, alongside five iconic Hong Kong venues.

The collaboration events have an open-door policy and no reservations are required (with the exception of The Aubrey’s omakase). Featuring more than 24 bartenders from 14 bars around the world, the "50 Best Signature Sessions" lands in Hong Kong for the first. Hong Kong bars Darkside and Coa join forces for five, once-in-a-lifetime collaborative cocktail experiences. 

Darkside x XX x Speak Low

When: 7pm, July 13 at Darkside; 8pm at XX

What: Secret speakeasies

Where: Rosewood Hong Kong

Penicillin x Zest x Himkok

When: Afternoon, July 14

What: Closed loop cocktails 

Where: L/G Amber Lodge

Quinary x SubAstor x Nutmeg & Clove

When: 2-5pm, July 15

What: Liquid lunch

Where: 56-58 Hollywood Road

Coa x Sips x Handshake Speakeasy

When: 3-6pm, July 15

What: Tres números unos

Where: Shop A, LG/F Wah Shin House

The Aubrey x The Bombay Canteen

When: 5-7pm, July 18; 5-7pm omakase; and 6-10pm izakaya

What: Indian omakase plus izakaya

Where: 5 Connaught Road

Meanwhile, Leading Nation Hospitality will kick off an action-packed two days of international guest bar shifts at its iconic venues, Cardinal Point and The Diplomat, on July 14-15, masterminded by group beverage director John Nugent. These highly anticipated events will host some of the world’s best bars, including Origin Bar at Shangri-La Singapore, Stay Gold Flamingo, Atlas, Side Hustle at NoMad London and Handshake Speakeasy. 

Cardinal Point x Origin Bar x Stay Gold Flamingo x Atlas

When: 3pm-6pm, July 14

What: Lion City In Hong Kong

Where: Forty-five in Landmark

The Diplomat x Side Hustle 

When: 8-11pm, July 14

What: Sunday disco

Where: Shop 1, LG/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger St

The Diplomat x Handshake Speakeasy

When: 9pm-12am, July 15

What: Fiesta Nnocturna

Where: Shop 1, LG/F, H Code, 45 Pottinger St

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