An honour courtesy of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021.
It’s easy to forget amidst the excitement of vaccinations and extended dining hours — it’s been a while, midnight eats — and delighted murmurs of travel bubbles that extraordinary times for Hong Kong did not begin alongside the Covid-19 pandemic. Months before, the city was aflame with political unrest; it was against these immensely difficult circumstances that set the scene for The Diplomat’s debut mid-February last year.
Contextualised, The Diplomat’s new accolade just seems that much more deserved. This win, too, follows the John Nugent-led bar’s ranking coming in at number 20 on 2021’s edition of Asia’s 50 Best Bars.
In a world increasingly divergent and contrary, it only seems fitting that a speakeasy bar concept named ‘The Diplomat’ in homage to a profession of diplomacy, reason and expert communication would secure top commendation.
For the next time you’re whiling away time at The Diplomat — beyond the terrazzo stone exterior that looks plucked straight out of the portfolio of one Edward Hopper to interiors reminiscent of a handsome gentleman’s lounge, to interiors, still, of the bar’s ‘secret’ Social Club — here are our favourites. The must-haves. The very best hits.