2/F, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Rd.
Tel: 2805 8388
The vibe: lost somewhere beneath the weight of government-inspired hype about wine hub this, wine hub that has been the fact that Hong Kong was, is and always will be a whisky-drinking town at its heart. From the dark days of the Black Watch running amok down Stanley way to after-dinner tipples among the glitterati at some of our more exclusive nightclubs, it's the drink that has always transcended all notions of class. And the people behind Angel's Share (the term relates to the percentage in a whisky barrel that evaporates) have rightly put this lovely drop back in its rightful place. More than 100 varieties on offer in a cosy ambience away from the bustle. What more could you want?
The drinks: if you must, there's a full wine and cocktail list. A couple was overheard on a recent visit extolling the virtues of the Ginger Cosmopolitan (gin, triple sec, cranberry, ginger, at HK$88) as a means of warding off the flu going around town. But, really, you're here for the whisky, and most punters have been opting for a taste of the 20-year-old Macallan that's drawn straight from the barrel (HK$180). But all regions are accounted for, from Scottish (Croftengea 1995 at HK$130) to Japanese (10-year-old Hakushu at HK$110) and all points in between.
The verdict: a stroke of genius - a bar/restaurant that gives jaded Hollywood Road drifters something different. Settle back and enjoy.