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001: This Speakeasy Lounge in Hong Kong Is Worth the Hunt

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Location: 97 Wellington Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday, 6pm – 1am; Friday to Saturday, 6pm – 3am
Telephone Number: +852 2810 6969
Facebook: 001

001: This Speakeasy Lounge in Hong Kong Is Worth the Hunt

Save the photo in your phone because you’re going to need it to look for 001, one of Hong Kong’s speakeasy lounges notorious for its elusiveness. Don’t expect your hunt for 001 to be easy because that’s the very essence of 001. This speakeasy lounge located in a dubious dark alley filled with garbage bins far outshines the other watering holes in the area. There are no flashy signs versus other bars in SoHo.

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It’s best to look for 001 with Google Maps, along with this photo.

And when you do find it, press the doorbell on this marker and wait.

If you’re looking for a place to meet new people, forget it. 001 is not the place for you as they’ll kick you out if you try to strike up a conversation and mingle with strangers.

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But if you’re looking for serious cocktails that demand attention, 001 is the perfect place to unwind after a dinner. The lounge is dimly lit, the restrooms too dark to judge whether it’s clean or not, but the bartenders will make you feel at ease.

Earl Grey Marteani

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Earlgrey Marteani, the twist on your regular earl grey tea and martini married together, is what this secret lounge is mostly well-known for. “Everybody orders this drink”, the bartender says as we asked him what drink would be best suited for us. The drink is frothy, with a subtle hint of alcohol, whose intentions aren’t deadly. Earlgrey Marteani makes one feel relaxed as one adjusts to the dark interiors.

001 Rating:

Taste and Originality: (4.5 / 5)
Customer Experience: (4.0 / 5)
Value for Money: (3.5 / 5)
Brick and Mortar: (4.0 / 5)
Average: (4.0 / 5)