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Antonio Lai to open ROOM 309

Jul 09, 2018

Antonio Lai will head Room 309 as the Executive Mixologist.

Nestled discreetly in the heart of Central at The Pottinger Hong Kong is ROOM 309, a private cocktail parlour by Tastings Group’s and their award-winning executive mixologist Antonio Lai set to open later this month. Known for his masterful work at bars like the acclaimed Quinary, a five-time World's 50 Best Bar, Lai aims to create a unique and intimate bar-going experience at ROOM 309 by capitalising on the atmosphere of the space. Tasteful and timeless, ROOM 309 is decorated with an array of antique brass fixtures that recall a more traditional atmosphere that has since been forgotten. The speakeasy boasts a highly personal setting, and is designed to accommodate no more than 20 guests at once. 

Under the sage leadership of bar manager Hungie Fong, and with expert bartenders fashioning a plethora of personalised cocktails, ROOM 309 is truly the only hotel room of its kind. Guests can “check-in” to ROOM 309 at a special reception area in The Pottinger, where keycards granting access to bar will be provided. Those fortunate enough to occupy the invitation-only drinking den can expect an extensive roster of handcrafted cocktails and inventive drinks rooted in tradition, a menu developed by Lai centralised around the theme of imagination. 

The Kyoho Grape Bathtub cocktail at Origin, created by Antonio Lai (photo: Origin)

The mastermind behind Origin’s signature Insta-worthy drink, the "Kyoho Grape Bathtub”, we can certainly hope that Lai will unveil plenty more innovative drinks at ROOM 309.

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