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Hong Kong’s Nightlife Scene Enters a New Chapter

December 7, 2016 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

In time for the city’s winter peak season, three dynamic new nightlife venues are redefining Hong Kong’s entertainment scene with cutting edge design, innovative cocktails, and distinctive personas.

Leading Hong Kong hospitality group Dining Concepts, in conjunction with acclaimed award winning Australian designer Ashley Sutton, has redefined Hong Kong’s nightlife scene with the opening of three unique cocktail and music spaces, Ophelia, J.Boroski, and The Iron Fairies, each of which brings a new vitality to one of the region’s most exciting destinations.


Award-winning Australian designer Ashley Sutton has been known as the legend of Asia nightlife, he is the most successful and in-demand designer for bars and clubs. His fantastical creations included the iconic The iron Fairies, J.Boroski, Ophelia, Maggie Choo’s Bar, Sing Sing Theater, The Bookshop Bar, Bangkok Betty and many more. In 2014, Sutton opened his very own bar, A R Sutton Engineers Siam where he also founded his very own gin distillery which is now producing small batches of Iron Ball Gin. He has also recently won the best interior design of bars & restaurants category at the FX Interior Design Awards.

Where Imaginations Go Wild


Hidden away above the newly opened al fresco pedestrian arcade The Avenue, at the heart of Wan Chai on Hong Kong island, Ophelia is a wonderland where travellers’ imaginations can run free. Fronted by a recreation of Wan Chai’s once iconic rare and exotic bird emporium, Mr Wong’s, Ophelia’s captivating design is inspired by the ornithologist’s most prized possession, a Javanese peacock, with walls bedecked in real peacock feathers and brilliantly-green tiles that shimmer in the low light. An unashamedly lavish space, Ophelia – part cocktail bar, part cabaret, part late night soiree – is dressed in plush velvet, intricate metalwork and hand-worked leather, reminiscent of the opium den-styled boudoirs once popular with Hong Kong’s elite. Beyond the main cocktail bar, where drinks like Le Plumage, made with Sagatiba cachaça, blood orange, gold slab syrup, lime, and chili-infused pineapple, are inspired by the enigmatic Ophelia’s ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’, there are private corners where guests can sample modern tapas dishes by Australian chef Angus Harrison, while the spacious, steel-lined covered terrace, complete with oversized birdcage, is the perfect backdrop for the venue’s seductive nightly performances.

Ophelia, Shop 39A-41A,1/F, The Avenue, Lee Tung Avenue,Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 2520 1117

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Where Creativity is King


Visitors to Bangkok may be familiar with American bartender Joseph Boroski’s creative cocktail space and cocktail school in Bangkok’s vibrant Thonglor district. The international jetset ‘mixsultant’ has now taken things to the next level, opening his eponymous bespoke cocktail space in a hidden location below Hong Kong’s bustling Hollywood Road. Offering a unique ‘cocktail concierge service’ where every drink is crafted from scratch, based on a personalized consultation and using an enviable collection of craft spirits, home infusions and small-batch bitters. J.Boroski also benefits from the machinations of Ashley Sutton, who has created a sublimely intimate space complete with curved timber ceilings punctuated by an army of leather-bound beetles; a long bar crafted from coconut oil-massaged teak; and a series of private deep-set booths. The perfect spot for a tipple before you explore the many restaurants of Hollywood, Wyndham Street or nearby Soho, or after your meal, when you’ll rub shoulders with the city’s beautiful, J.Boroski is the cutting edge of the city’s new love affair with world-class mixology.

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The Iron Fairies
Become Bewitched


The most recently of Dining Concepts’ openings, The Iron Fairies beings Sutton’s own signature live music concept from Bangkok and Tokyo to the heart of the Fragrant Harbour. Inspired by Sutton’s time working the iron ore mines of Western Australia, as well as his own children’s book about a group of miners forced to forge iron fairies far below the surface, The Iron Fairies brings an enchanted metal workshop to life. Combining great live jazz, blues and rock with playful cocktails, modern comfort food by chef Todd Williams, and otherworldly interiors that include private spaces housed inside former furnaces, sacks of fairy dust hanging from the walls, piles of iron forged figurines, and an upside down garden of more than 10,000 butterflies. Travellers looking for a great meal can feast on huge Australian-inspired burgers while being serenaded by an ever-changing roster of local and international acts.

The Iron Fairies, LG, Chinachem Hollywood Centre, 1-13 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2603 6992

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