On the top floor of the One Peking Road building sits one of Hong Kong's hidden gems. Aqua Spirit is for us more than just a bar, it is an experience. You actually need to know where it is in order to find it, even though it is right in the middle of bustling Tsim Sha Tsui. Located just a short walk from famous landmarks like the Pensinsula Hotel or the Avenue of Stars, you just need to take the elevator to the 30th floor in order to enjoy masterfully prepared drinks while taking in the most fantastic views of Victoria Harbour. Aqua Spirit is tastefully appointed with a number of low couches and seats, or you can opt for the higher bar stools and tables facing the floor-to-ceiling windows. The drinks menu is very extensive with a huge variety of cocktails, both classic ones and special ones that are exclusive to Aqua Spirit. The bartenders do a great job in customizing the cocktails to your specific requests, making them stronger or more fruity according to your personal taste. They also offer an extensive wine list. Since we do not drink wine, we cannot comment on that, but if it is anything like their cocktails, we are sure it will be equally impressive. The great thing about Aqua Spirit is that they also offer a great selection of bar food. Their food menu is based on what their sister restaurants (Aqua Roma and Aqua Tokyo) offer one floor below. Obviously the Aqua Roma based bar food is primarily Italian inspired, whereas the Aqua Tokyo based food has strong connections with Japanese cuisine. Their sashimi platter is simply stunning with an unequalled freshness of the fish. Also highly recommended is the seared tuna, which perfectly complements a signature cocktail. The eclectic range of ambient music is enjoyable and still allows you to have a decent conversation with your drinking pals. On a number of nights a DJ does his gig (I believe after 10pm), which tends to a bit louder than the music earlier in the evening. It makes for a great atmosphere in a refined and distinguished environment.
However, Aqua Spirit's main draw is its staff. They do their utmost to make you feel welcome, cater for your requests and make sure you spend a fantastic evening. Basically this is the main reason why we keep going back to our favourite bar in Hong Kong. Over the years we have visited Aqua Spirit many times. On each and every visit it is the staff at Aqua Spirit which turned a great evening into an unforgettable one.
If you are in Hong Kong and you can visit only one bar, Aqua Spirit is the one to go to.
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