Hong Kong Poteen
Hands down one of the coolest cities in the world. A British colony until 1997, Hong Kong defines east meets west. If you wind up coming here you want to stay on the Island, preferably near central and the Lan Kwai Fong and the Soho bar districts. Hotel LKF is Hong Kong’s answer to the Meat Packing district hotels… loud, clubby, and the place where both locals and foreigners go to “see and be seen.” There’s also a Hotel Lan Kwai Fong in Soho, so if you’re trying to get to LKF be sure you know which street it’s on. I was dropped off at the wrong place on my first stay there and wound up trekking 30 minutes across the city with luggage.
This time I had the right hotel and headed out for beers. Lan Kwai Fong is pretty torn up; they are redoing a bunch of the buildings so we headed to the Whiskey Priest, an Irish pub that’s been there as long as I’ve been going to Hong Kong. I always have a good time at this place, despite the fact that there’s rarely much going on. We started out with a few pints and before you knew it the server brought over some Poteen, an Irish bath tub gin that was running at 90% alcohol… man it’ll blow your socks off. The bartender had brought it from home, it used to be illegal, if it’s not anymore it should be. The stuff is brutal, it makes Baijiu seem tame.