From the moment guests slide open the door to enter this drinking den, they find a vibe like nothing else found in Hong Kong. The Pontiac has more of a dive bar feel than the classy watering holes spread across the city. The vibe is fun, where guests can truly let their hair down and enjoy some after-work drinks.
Along with the rock’n’roll vibe are some top-notch drinks. Helmed by Beckaly Franks, the first female mixologist to win the prestigious 42 Below Cocktail World Cup, and run by an all-female bar team, The Pontiac has been a prominent fixture on Asia’s 50 Best Bars list for the past four years. Prior to opening The Pontiac in 2015, American-born Beckaly was head bartender at celebrated restaurant Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.
The drinks at The Pontiac are pretty straight forward, but all are created using the highest quality ingredients. There are 12 signature cocktails on the menu, all uniquely named. For example, the Heisenberg is made using gin, vermouth, curacao, absinthe, lemon and sprinkles and takes its name and its colour from the show Breaking Bad. The Hobnail is mostly compared to a variation of Whiskey Sour meets a robust Penicillin, mixing rye whiskey or blended Scotch, Averna Italian herbal liqueur, lemon, Angostura and orange oil. If an ice cold beer is more your forte, the bar also has a list of imported beers, mostly from America.
Adding a cool background beat, the bar is also equipped with a jukebox that plays 80s and 90s rock music. Loud music blasting from the jukebox adds another level to the experience and allows guest to fully enjoy their time at The Pontiac. Don’t forget to take advantage of happy hour from 5pm to 8pm where most drinks are half price.
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13 Old Bailey Street
Central, Hong Kong
T: (+852) 25213855
Exquisite Taste September – November 2019