Old Man

Top choice cocktail bar in The Peak & Northwest Hong Kong Island

If Ernest Hemingway was still alive today, chances are he’d love this tiny no-sign speakeasy named after his novel The Old Man And The Sea, with a neo-cubist portrait of Papa himself looking down approvingly from behind the bar. The atmosphere is friendly rather than pretentious and the mixology is exceptionally creative, with elements like gruyere, sous-vide pandan leaves and nori dust.

Try to get a seat at the communal table in front of the intimate bar to see the bartenders work their magic: the strip down the middle is iced, to keep your drinks cool. The entrance isn't advertised – look for the steps heading down into a dead-end alleyway off Aberdeen St.