Hope & Sesame
MiaoQian Xijie 58, Guangzhou, China
Among a grandmother’s parlour of eccentric collectibles lies this hidden speakeasy, whose access alone requires a minimum century of MENSA points. Opening in 2016 as the first speakeasy in Guangzhou, it brings far-reaching technique (centrifugal clarification, sous vide infusions and dry ice distillation) to a bar scene that previously stuck to the traditional. Booking is essential, for one of two sittings from 7pm-10pm and 10pm until close, with live jazz every night from 8.45pm. Western-style cocktails are its mainstay, though its range of savoury-inspired serves can’t be ignored: french fries redistilled potato vodka with apple cider vinegar and salted Lillet Blanc; and bourbon with croissant syrup and Nutella bitters are absolute must-tries.