Photography by Duddell's
Words by Theodora Sutcliffe on 14-Jun-2015
3/F, 1 Duddell Street, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2525 9191
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Thu noon-midnight; Fri-Sat noon-1am; Sun noon-11pm
Door: Open door
Style: Restaurant bar
Recommended for: Alfresco, Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Bar snacks
This artsy space, over Shanghai Tang in Central, has an oddly Hong Kong Bohemian feel to it. That is to say, it's eclectic without being in the least down-at-heel, combining a ragbag of vintage furniture finds with acres of sheeny-shiny marble.
A challenging hybrid of art gallery (Ai Wei Wei has curated here), 2-Michelin-star restaurant and bar, Duddell's offers not only one of Hong Kong's nicest terraces - there's no height but plenty of pot plants and quirk - but cocktails courtesy of Belvedere's Asia-Pacific Brand Ambassador Marek "Wo" Vojcarcik.
The bar ("salon") menu is as quirky and electic as the space, and the short cocktail list includes classics, twisted classics and own creations. A Jack Jazz Rabbit, a blend of carrot, green apple and bison vodka was clean, refreshing and positively healthful; the unnerving combination of quail egg, peanut butter and dark rum paid off perfectly in a Pirate's Breakfast, thanks to an unadvertised hit of sour.