The Buzz: It’s no secret that gin has been gathering quite the fan base in Hong Kong, and G&T is set to become the latest haven for seasoned gin lovers and aspiring connoisseurs alike. Whether you’re testing the waters or looking for your favorite label, G&T has got you covered with almost 80—yes, 80—brands of gin from seven different countries. Even the old, grumbling, mustachioed British blokes who know more than a thing or two about a fine gin & tonic would be hard-pressed to find a reason to complain. Not an old, grumbling, mustachioed British bloke? No problem. The friendly, knowledgeable bartenders will fill you in, with minute details about the liquors on hand and even stories about the history of gin itself.
The Decor: Don’t let the door, tucked away around the side of the street, stop you from venturing upstairs into G&T. The almost-secretive location and cozy interior gives it the air of an exclusive, members-only club, but with more of an open, homey feel. With dark, rustic colors, splashes of British-themed decorations, and comfy booths to share with friends, the dimly lit bar pairs cool decor and nostalgia-inducing tunes from the 80s and 90s to create a relaxing-yet-sophisticated vibe. With an above-street location and big floor-to-ceiling windows, the tables are the perfect place to people-watch while sipping your cocktails.
The Drinks: With timeless classics and original new tipples, G&T has an impressive menu of mixed drinks, whiskies, spirits, champagnes and more. For more classic drinks, patrons can peruse the aptly named “Gin Bible” and choose a juniper berry liquor for a standard gin on the rocks(or rather, rock—there’s one big ice cube per glass) or everyone’s favorite, gin and tonic. G&T takes its tonics seriously too, with a number of crisp, bubbly options to choose from—try Monkey 47, a flavorful German gin, with a tongue-tingling Fever Tree tonic. For those after a sweeter drink, the number of deliciously unique gin-inspired cocktails is truly impressive. For example, the signature G & Tea, a surprisingly delightful combination of oolong tea and gin, comes in a chilled glass teapot that’s the perfect portion for two; and the Thyme For Gin combines the herby flavor of (you guessed it) thyme, with the sweet tang of raspberry for an exciting yet very drinkable beverage. Not quite what you would expect from a gin joint.
Why you’ll be back: Drinks aren’t the only options on the menu. Flip to the back page; it’s loaded with delicious bites that are far from your average bar snacks. From tacos and burgers to crisps and chips, the sophisticated take on well-known foods is a delicious complement to the extensive drinks menu. Try the quesadillas—a cheesy Mexican snack that’s nearly impossible to find in Hong Kong.