My bar hopping trips in Hong Kong have allowed me to try all sorts of innovate and strange drinks in the city. I’ve mostly focused on Hollywood Road, Wyndham Street, and Lan Kwai Fong since I’m always around those areas on Friday and Saturday nights. It might seem limited to some people but there’s more to try in these three areas than you think.
My nights usually start off at a random bar or speakeasy that I’ve always wanted to try. After trying the new place for an hour, I go to The Woods for some personal and comfortable time. If I’m not too tired at around 12:30am, I go to another bar to try something different before going home.
I decided to stop by the famous gin bar in Hong Kong with the bathtub drinks. Everyone has been talking about Ori-gin’s bathtub drink and since they don’t have this in Vancouver, I had to try it at least once. I went at 1am on a Friday night and the place was packed. My friend and I didn’t know how long we would have to wait for a seat inside so we took the two high chairs at the entrance of Ori-gin. Service was relatively attentive but it was just uncomfortable to sit outside while drunk and loud people walk by.
I was recommended to try their tofu shots because they’re supposed to be amazing. With that being said, I had very high expectations for this shot.
To my disappointment, this tasted like foamed soya milk in a shot glass charged for a higher price. It was boring and mundane with barely any alcohol inside. If you brought along a sober friend, you can buy this pitiful drink for them.
What’s in it: Kyoho Grape, Gin, Kyoho Liqueur, Lemon and Lime Juice, Grape Juice, and Elderflower Syrup.
On the bright side, Ori-Gin’s KGB was an interesting one. Not only was the presentation a one of a kind, but it had just the right amount of booze and sweetness. I couldn’t taste if it was actually Kyoho grape since it was just like spiked grape juice but at the bottom of the bathtub were tiny jellies for texture and flavour. I would highly recommend this drink for anyone who’s trying Ori-Gin for the first time.