Wandering along the near vertical streets of up-and-comer neighbourhood Sai Ying Pun, it’s easy to overlook the unassuming crimson entrance that leads down to recently opened Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, but the cocktail cognoscenti (and now you) know that it’s the door to duck through if you’ve been scouring the city for a killer G&T. Set in a strikingly pared-back and high-ceilinged former table tennis gym (hence the name), this Iberian-inflected gin joint features not only a fabulous libationary lineup, but a roster of local art, such as calligraphy by the King of Kowloon and a bold monochrome montage from photographer Paul Yeung, set above a modern assortment of Catalonian tiles and furniture designed by owner and architect Hugh Zimmern.
In addition to Spanish cervezas and wines, this gorgeous bolthole boasts a selection of over 30 globally-sourced gins, showcased with the classic tonic mixer, plus an array of cherry-picked adornments for that all-important tongue-tingling boost. For example, the French-made G’Vine Floraison is perfectly complemented by a white grape and jasmine garnish; or the English-distilled Martin Miller’s is given a tangy twist with the addition of lemon peel and juniper berries. Also essential pickings are their tight edit in tapas bites, including crunch-perfect croquetas, tostadas coated with a rich romesco sauce, and a natty cheese and charcuterie selection. ¡Salud!
129 Second St / Sai Ying Pun / +852 9158 1584 / pingpong129.com