B/F, 65 Wyndham St, Central Tel: 2530 3870
The vibe: it's misleading to say it just opened - having been in business for six months already - but this atmospheric basement bar modelled on 19th-century Parisian salons seems to only now be gaining wider attention. Presided over by two large chandeliers, Le Boudoir is dark and lovely, with gilt-framed paintings scattered over classically papered walls. It's easy to see why the crowd who miss the Feather Boa have been coming in droves.
The drinks: mainly cocktails, with 10 martinis (starting at HK$95 with the Unconventional, blending gin, lemon juice, mint and kaffir lime syrup) and about the same number of original creations. We loved the Hemingway daiquiri (HK$95), a smooth combination of white rum, lime, grapefruit, maraschino liqueur and syrup. Of course there's absinthe (HK$95 per shot) - but sadly just one variety. Given the setting, a wider range was expected, but the sight of the luscious duo of Leffe Blonde and Brune (HK$70 per pint) on tap cheered us up a bit. The compact wine menu focuses on a few select French drops, including the La Moulin de Gassac Sauvignon Blanc (HK$70 per glass) and the Laurus Cote Du Rhone Village Laurus (HK$80).
The verdict: an opulent little world awaits those who venture down the stairs from Wyndham Street, as well as one of the best cocktail menus in town. Le Boudoir is well worth a visit.