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Ping Pong 129, Hong Kong: Sports Hall Gin Den

Though Hong Kong’s burgeoning dining scene continues to spread its wings east and west from Central, emerging nabe Sai Ying Pun, while rapidly developing, still bears more than a passing resemblance to its former urban mish-mash self.

It’s almost guaranteed you’ll walk right by the unassuming poppy-red façade of Ping Pong 129 Gintonería. But whatever you do, don’t give up looking, as your perseverance will be rewarded with one of the most niche, finger-on-the-pulse imbibing experiences certainly this area, and indeed the city has to offer.

Set in a lofty former table tennis gym (hence the moniker), this Spanish-influenced, specialty gin joint features not only a top-notch premium liquor lineup, but also eye-popping local art and a quirky assortment of furniture designed by architect and co-owner Hugh Zimmern. Along with cervezas and wines, the buzzy bolthole also shelves more than 120 globally-sourced gins mixed and finished with hand-picked garnishes, like tangy lemon peel and juniper berry-infused Martin Miller’s. Pair with crunchy croquetas or cheese and charcuterie, and you’ve nailed the Spanny-meets-retro-Chinese gin experience.

Ping Pong 129, 129 Second St, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 9835 5061,

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