The most exciting bar openings of 2018

15th January, 2019 by Owen Bellwood

1.  PDT, Hong Kong

This year saw the opening of the first overseas outpost of legendary New York cocktail bar PDT (Please Don’t Tell).

PDT has taken over the mezzanine level at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, creating an intimate drinking den with seats for just 25 guests.

The second venue from Jim Meehan and Jeff Bell follows the tradition of the pair’s New York original, with guests entering through a door disguised by a phone booth at the top of the staircase.

Torsten van Dullemen, general manager of The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, said: “After hosting PDT’s pop­up as part of our Masters of Mixology programme last year, we recognised that PDT would be a perfect permanent fit for us.”

PDT Hong Kong’s drinks menu includes 15 cocktails, including a mix of PDT classics and new creations crafted especially for Hong Kong. Imbibers can enjoy: the Big Fan, made from Cabeza Tequila, lime juice, pink peppercorn, guava and Moonzen Fujian Radler; and the Bad Hunter, a mix of Chivas Regal blended Scotch whisky, Fernet Hunter, lemon juice, dragon eye fruit and Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne.

The bar’s food offering comes from chef Richard Ekkebus’s take on American comfort food, and features the Honkie Dog, a fried pork dog with sakura shrimp and XO mayo, and Okonomiyaki-­style tater tots.

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