Sai Ying Pun’s been in a bit of a slump lately, in danger of losing its reputation as a cool place to live as the chain concepts flood into High Street. Enter the Hong Kong expansion of Bali’s hipper-thanthou Potato Head Beach Club to set our fears to rest. This is no straight Balinese import, either. Instead they’ve gone all out on an almighty 8,000 square foot space that combines coffee shop, lifestyle store, incoming vinyl/music room, Indonesian restaurant Kaum and—yes—a bar.
Chilled-out wood and comfortable furnishings are the order of the day, with easy-going couches, plenty of foliage and the occasional, but not overdone, Balinese touch—such as the beautifully intricate ceiling paintings, done by the Toraja people of South Sulawesi. The bar itself is long and comfortable, ideal for a long boozy session.
The cocktail list has been designed by Potato Head group’s bar guru Dre Masso, who has tweaked and customized his cocktails for the city. The menu is divided into several distinct sections: There are “rested” cocktails made with spirits left in volcanic clay pots, which imbues them with a distinct, almost gritty minerality. It’s a refreshing contrast to classic drinks such as the Vesper martini ($120), which takes on a deliciously subtle salty edge. Out of the “Potato Head Favorites” you’ll find concoctions such as the