Asia's 50Best Bars


The Wise King

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25 Staunton Street, Basement in Tsung Wing Lane, Soho Central, Hong Kong

This new entry to our list and the Hong Kong bars scene opened in July 2018. It pays tribute to Alfonso X of Castile, a 13th-century Spanish monarch who allegedly contributed to the creation of the country’s culinary tradition of tapas by passing a decree stating that no alcoholic beverage should be served without food. From the signature cocktail named after Alfonso himself, El Sabio or The Wise (featuring spiced peach and pineapple wine reduction with Cava) to an Old Fashioned with Ibérico ham, everything here has a Spanish twist. Enjoy the creative concoctions with a side of patatas bravas in the intimate space with plush velvet seats and golden Damask-style wallpaper.