This is a speak-easy cocktail bar near Pottinger and Cochrane Streets. Find the Cookie DPT shop, take the side alley off Cochrane and you'll be there in no time. This is the creation of celebrated mixologist John Nugent and a sister establishment of La Rambla, the popular Catalunya style tapas bar at IFC.
Opening hours have varied during the 5th wave of the pandemic so best to check their facebook account for updated hours before making your way to Diplomat. What you find here is a small front room with space for probably 10-12 patrons along with standing space along the bar.
Diplomat prepares solid traditional and signature cocktails which have helped land them on the Asia's Top 50 Bars (#20) list in recent years. Drinks are reasonably priced for Central District, well-mixed and explained properly before being served. As impressive as the cocktails are at Diplomat, it is the burger that makes them stand out amongst peer bars around the city. Local publishers have crowned Diplomat's wagyu beef burger, which is properly and only prepared medium-rare, as the very best burger in the city. Having enjoyed a couple rounds so far this spring, I wouldn't argue against that claim. They are outstanding.
In the end, Diplomat is a neat little speak-easy outfit with great cocktails and burgers in Central. It has made for a good weekend lunch venue during the 5th wave and will become a great evening spot again now that dining restrictions have been relaxed for the city.