The Common Room
Photography by The Common Room
Words by Theodora Sutcliffe on 14-Jun-2015
1/F Wo On Building, Wo On Lane, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2525 3599
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-4am; Sat 6pm-4am
Door: Open door
Style: Cocktail bar
Recommended for: Cocktails
Price guide: Middling
Food: Full menu
Part of club operator Privé Group, The Common Room is a fairly substantial affair that describes itself as a gastrobar majoring on cocktails - although, thanks to that 4am license, there's a lot more drinking than eating happens most nights.
A long bar backed with cast iron and glass cabinets showcases the liquids on offer in the sleek clean space, though there's a cluster of smaller rooms for dining and an outside terrace too. This is a buzzy, popular good-time bar that takes its drinks seriously but can still knock them out even when it's rammed with coolly black-clad locals.
There's a pleasingly short menu of classics and signature drinks plus a handful of non-alcoholic cocktails. A Quinine Mary, from the Signature List, was a refreshing blend of gin, lemon, rosemary syrup, cucumber and tonic: a blazing sprig of rosemary as a garnish added aromatics as well as theatre.