Glam cocktails await in this Kowloon gem
Hong Kong has no shortage of trendy bars and watering holes. But if you’re looking for something special…something different than the usual scene in Soho and definitely removed from the Lan Kwai Fong madness…then head to Salon De Ning in the Peninsula Hotel, Kowloon side.
A short walk from the Star Ferry lies the oh so grand Peninsula hotel. While the Peninsula has several lovely spots to have an evening cocktail, like the rooftop bar Felix, my current favourite is their newest addition – Salon de Ning.
Tucked away in the basement, yes the basement, they have recreated the salon of 1930’s Shanghai socialite Madame Ning. Just tell the hostess at the top of the stairs you would like to go to Salon De Ning and she will personally usher you down to an unmarked door whereupon you are greeted a mysterious and flirtatious set of eyes (digital)… presumably embodying the late Madame Ning’s. The door opens and you are escorted into a lush and transporting interior. There are 4 themed rooms – Africa, Spain, Swiss Ski and Madame’s Changing Room (you must book ahead for a room). We sat in the ski room….very much a Swiss ski chalet with a comfy leather sofa, layers of cozy carpets and fluffy pillows. Every last detail is considered – even the flickering flames of a (mock) fireplace have been included to make the experience complete.
For drinks we always like Ning’s Favourites from $108 – 265HKG. Paul’s likes the Bombay Agatini – a sumptuous blend of Bombay Sapphire, Midori and Cranberry. While I like the Caliente a spicy and powerful punch of Grey Goose, Lychee Liqueur, Fresh Lime Juice, Cranberry and Tobasco. Although honestly this drink is so intensely flavourful, it is hard to imaging having more than one. I can also personally recommend the Ning Sling and the Ning de Chine.
(And if you are as inspired by the art deco Shanghai theme as I am, then head over to Hutong at 1 Peking Place for a divine Northern Chinese meal. Another lush 1930’s Shanghai setting with panoramic water views of the city.)
Salon De Ning
Tsim Sha Tsui,.Hong Kong
Telephone: + 852 2366 6251