OPEN BAR I KNOW JOHN

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tart fla­vors of a but­ter-fin­ished limon­cello. Fans of sweet, fruity drinks may also en­joy the Spiced Tea Punch ($85), which is a bright and easy­go­ing drink high­light­ing the fla­vor of guava, made with gin that’s been in­fused with gin­ger, chamomile and honey.

For some­thing a bit more rounded, try the Caña Sara­pan, which is made with vodka mar­malade, white rum, (largely un­no­tice­able) horse­rad­ish, citrus juice, egg white and syrup. Tangy and sweet, it has a froth and fla­vor evoca­tive of a lemon meringue pie.

It’s sad that a $100 cock­tail in Cen­tral is deemed laud­able these days—but it is, so the cock­tails at I Know John will have you com­ing back on the grounds of value for money alone, not to men­tion fla­vor. If you’re hun­gry? Pair your drinks with cheese and char­cu­terie, or the bar’s sig­na­ture gourmet hot­dogs ($88)—we’re not too sure how it ties in with the se­cre­tive con­cept here, but we’re not com­plain­ing. We de­voured the French Onion Dog— caramelized onion with smoky gar­lic pork sausage. We’re not sure how se­cret or quiet I Know

John will con­tinue to be, but for a Cen­tral gem that wa­ters and feeds you for un­der $200? We’re hop­ing it stays as hid­den as pos­si­ble.

9/F, The Loop, 33 Welling­ton St., Cen­tral, 2801-6555, iknowjohn.hk

The buzz: The dé­cor: The drinks: Why you’ll be back: Eve­lyn Lok

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