Former Australian miner Ashley Sutton is renowned for his outrageous bars in Bangkok and the influential tastemaker has recently opened a whimsical nightlife playground in the heart of up-and-coming Hong Kong district Wan Chai.
The fantastical concept bar is none other than Ophelia – a peacock-themed cocktail speakeasy that is unlike anything we have ever seen.
Located on the first level of new development Lee Tung Avenue, Ophelia’s entrance is a mysterious-looking manmade bird shop that perfectly fits the setting of a dark fairytale.
Unveil the thick velvet curtain and a magical realm awaits; waitresses are donned in traditional cheongsam costumes and dancers perform inside life-size bird cages on iron swings.
Ophelia’s out-of-the-world design has been inspired by the lavish opium dens of the 19th century and no expenses have been spared to create this dreamy fantasyland.
The aviary-style venue boasts 600,000 ceramic hand-painted tiles, lavish couches, elaborate metalwork and of course, actual peacock feathers!
The bizarrely captivating watering hole showcases an impressive cocktail list and popular drinks include the Cheongsam (HK$130++) and Ophelia Negroni (HK$125++). The former is a concoction of artisanal pomegranate cordial, cinnamon mint, lemon, lime, Ocho Tequila and vermouth, while the latter is a mix of Tanqueray Gin, La Quintinye vermouth and campari.
Unsurprisingly, Ophelia is currently the most sought after bar in the Pearl of the Orient.
And here’s a piece of good news to all fans of Ashley Sutton – he will soon be opening two more concepts in Hong Kong.
Shop 39A-41A, 1/F, The Avenue
Lee Tung Avenue, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2520 1117
Tue to Thu: 6pm – 2am
Fri and Sat: 6pm – 3am
Nearest Station: Wan Chai
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor