A cocktail widely celebrated for its balance of sweet and bitter flavours, together with its powerful punch, a negroni is a deceptively simple proposition. Equal parts gin , Campari and sweet red vermouth, served with ice and either a sliver of orange peel or a slice of orange, it was supposedly invented just over a century ago at the behest of French General Pascal-Olivier de Negroni. The drink that bears his name is celebrated with a range of special events around the world during Negroni Week, which runs from September 13 to 19, starting on Monday morning – always an excellent time for a cocktail. An initiative backed by Campari, the maker of one of the main ingredients, it’s at least a charitable endeavour, having raised more than US$3 million for a range of causes since it was inaugurated nine years ago. So if you’re feeling suitably bittersweet, here are some of the best places to find the classic concoction in Hong Kong. 10 of Hong Kong’s best bars, from DarkSide to PDT Duddell’s Negroni Week kicks off in the swish surroundings of Duddell’s, which hosted The Negroni Week 2021 Opening Party: Italian Affairs on Monday, raising funds for Teens Key, an NGO helping young women and girls. The art-festooned, two-Michelin-starred Central restaurant is perhaps a slightly curious choice, given that there’s no negroni on its main cocktail menu, but we’re sure they do a good one – they do a good everything. The Wise King The Soho outlet develops a twist on the classic negroni every three months, and even started to bottle some of them during the pandemic. Owner Sandeep Kumar’s inventions have included the likes of the R&R Negroni, featuring ingredients such as rhubarb and raspberry gin, amontillado vinaigrette and amaro; the Mandarino Negroni, with locally made N. I. P gin and orange liqueur Mandarinetto Isolabella; and the Bliss Negroni, which even includes Nutella. Artesian Those who want to learn how to make a negroni properly – which, as with so many cocktail recipes, can be a controversial business – should head down to Artesian at The Langham, Hong Kong on Thursday for its Negroni Workshop. The bar will also be offering 12 types of negroni throughout the week, and donating US$1.3 (HK$10) for each one sold to NGO Foodlink Foundation. Deliberately inauthentic? Try HK’s first ‘British Chinese’ restaurant Coa We shouldn’t neglect Asia’s official best bar (according to World’s 50 Best Bars) Coa, which offers a supercharged take on the tipple. The Mexican inspired bar’s Caffeinated Negroni is tarted up with the addition of mescal and, as the name suggests, coffee extract, and topped with chocolate. The Diplomat Bringing Negroni Week to a close is the intriguing sounding Night of a Thousand Negronis at The Diplomat on Sunday. And, given that the bar is renowned for its miniature-sized renditions of the cocktail, a thousand might just be achievable. You’ve got to dream. Smoke & Barrel If you are keen, try having the drink with a gourmet pairing. American BBQ outpost Smoke & Barrel is hosting a special Negroni Week BBQ Brunch that is bound to be a delicious experience. How molecular mixology is shaking up Hong Kong’s bar scene 8½ Otto e Mezzo View this post on Instagram A post shared by Otto Bombana (@ottoemezzobombana_hongkong) If that hasn’t slaked your thirst for the sharp stuff, you might also like to try the negroni at 8½ Otto e Mezzo, which features fortified wine and grapefruit bitters, with the whole mixture left to mix overnight. Caprice Bar and Argo At the renovated Four Seasons Hotel , Caprice Bar serves the memorable-sounding Truffle Negroni. The newly opened Argo, meanwhile, serves the Single Origin Negroni aged inside a cocoa pod, which features cascara vermouth, Hulu Gali cocoa, Campari and smoked jalapeño. John Anthony View this post on Instagram A post shared by John Anthony (@johnanthonyhk) Finally, if you’re worried you might drink a place dry, you might want to order your negronis at John Anthony, which has the largest gin selection in town, including its signature 12-litre gin tubes. Want more stories like this? Sign up here. Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .