The Woods’ An­nex

Where premium, ar­ti­sanal spir­its take cen­tre stage

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An in­ti­mate tast­ing room in the heart of Soho, The Woods’ An­nex was borne out of a cu­rios­ity for fine drink­ing. Seat­ing up to 8 guests, this hid­den bar is open by ap­point­ment only. The brain­child of Hong Kong en­tre­pre­neur Vic­to­ria Chow, she started her jour­ney three years ago with the launch of The Woods. The Woods was quickly re­garded as one of the lead­ers in the craft cock­tail move­ment, show­cas­ing qual­ity spir­its and com­plex mixol­ogy. Ear­lier this year, Vic­to­ria launched KWOON by The Woods, Asia’s first premium ready-to­drink that brings ar­ti­sanal cock­tails be­yond the bar space to be en­joyed any­time, any­where. Con­tin­u­ing to raise the bar, The Woods’ An­nex is a spir­its­fo­cused ed­u­ca­tional plat­form to de­velop con­sumers’ ex­po­sure, and to di­ver­sify their drink­ing habits.

Mod­elled af­ter the con­cept of a pri­vate kitchen, The Woods’ An­nex offers vis­i­tors an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore un­fa­mil­iar spir­its and en­gage in dis­course with the bar man­ager or

vis­it­ing pro­duc­ers. Fol­low­ing Vic­to­ria’s cu­ri­ous tenac­ity in ex­plor­ing the prove­nance and per­son­al­i­ties be­hind her favourite spir­its, The Woods’ An­nex es­tab­lishes it­self as a re­source for be­gin­ners and afi­ciona­dos alike.

Guests will be able to build their own flights, and deepen their ap­pre­ci­a­tion of spir­its through guided tast­ings and work­shops with The Woods’ mixologists, and in­dus­try ex­perts. From in­de­pen­dent pro­duc­ers to large dis­tillers, the be­spoke work­shops will draw upon prove­nance, tech­niques, and her­itage to show­case the craft be­hind a range of spe­cialty spir­its in­clud­ing gin, rum, tequila, and whisky.

Un­der Vic­to­ria’s guid­ance, The Woods’ An­nex seeks to de­mys­tify the com­plex world of spir­its, and hopes to en­cour­age guests to ex­pand their palate and ex­plore other cat­e­gories of drinks with sim­i­lar flavour or con­trast­ing pro­files. Vis­i­tors to The Woods’ An­nex can look for­ward to guest speak­ers from spir­its pro­duc­ers in­clud­ing Matt Magliocco, Pres­i­dent of the fam­i­ly­owned Michter’s bour­bon, Jesse Estes, founder of Ocho tequila and Mika Lip­iäi­nen, Ceo/founder of Kyro Dis­tillery gin. In­for­ma­tion and book­ing of pri­vate work­shops can be found on The Woods’ An­nex web­site, www.the­woods.hk/reser­va­tions.

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