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DR. FERN’S GIN PARLOUR

Hidden away in Cen­tral’s chic Land­mark mall, Dr. Fern’s boasts a 250-la­bel­strong spirit col­lec­tion, spe­cial stemware, and hand-cut ice for the per­fect G&T. Be sure to try your fa­vorite gin cock­tail with ei­ther Bel­gian Blind Tiger Im­pe­rial gin or English Truf­fle gin, both of which are not avail­able any­where else in Hong Kong ( dr­fern­shk.com).

EM­PLOY­EES ONLY

The sec­ond Asian out­post of the famed New York wa­ter­ing hole, Em­ploy­ees Only re­cently opened in Lan Kwai Fong. Two fa­vorites on the clas­sic­sin­spired menu are the sig­na­ture EO Gim­let with house-made lime cor­dial, agave, and kaf­fir lime leaf; and Ready Fire Aim, with smoky mez­cal, lime juice, pineap­ple, and spicy bit­ters ( em­ploy­eeson­lyhk.com).

WAHTIKI IS­LAND LOUNGE

There are tiki bars, and then there’s Wahtiki, which stands out for its giant rum cock­tails, ex­u­ber­ant decor, and crisp ser­vice. The venue takes its name from vet­eran mixol­o­gist Shi Wah Lee, who has headed up some of the world’s great­est tiki bars such as Trader Vic’s at the Lon­don Hil­ton. Be sure to try the orig­i­nal Mai Tai, or for some­thing head­ier, the Shark’s Tooth, which comes in an ice-molded vol­cano ( fb.com/wahtiki).

THE OLD MAN

Over in SoHo, Aberdeen Street is the set­ting for a brand-new Hem­ing­wayin­spired bar helmed by three of Hong Kong’s top mixol­o­gists: Agung Prabowo, James Ta­mang, and Ro­man Ghale. Asianac­cented cock­tails here in­clude A Farewell to Arms, a con­coc­tion of but­ter-washed gin, dry ver­mouth, sous-vide nori, and salted Pernod ( the­old­manhk.com).

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