PDT HONG KONG
Following its successful pop-up back in 2016, the acclaimed bar announced a permanent residency at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental just two years later. Opened in February 2018, PDT (short for Please Don’t Tell) by Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell set a frisson of excitement rippling through a city where high-end mixology still remains very much a niche. Many of the things that make PDT great in its hometown of New York City have been adopted here—the playful phone-booth entrance with its heavy velvet curtains, the clandestine setting, the darned good hotdogs (here crafted in collaboration with the LMO’s culinary director, Richard Ekkebus) and, of course, the superlative cocktails. While the menu features plenty of PDT classics, there are Hong Kong specials not available in the US, such as the Milk Tea Punch with Hennessy VSOP cognac,
condensed milk and Taiyouran egg. Tell everyone you know: this is the real deal. PDT Hong Kong, Mezzanine Level, MO Bar, Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central,
Central, Hong Kong
RUNNER-UP Another hidden bar that we’re raising a glass to is Antonio Lai’s Room 309. Located within The Pottinger, this intimate drinking den offers cleverly crafted cocktails that are all crystal-clear.