Ground zero for nightlife in Central – Hong Kong's business district – is MO Bar, a magnet for hipsters, high society, captains of industry, movers and shakers and just about anybody else who wants to get their night off to a great start. Or round off a great evening out, whatever the case may be.
The two-level MO Bar features a dramatic lotus pond on a moving, glass “drawbridge” and a large, circular light sculpture that represents the Chinese symbol for “shared experience.” You'll be sharing this experience with good company.
MO Bar is where Hong Kong's finest come to play — Photo courtesy of MO Bar
Early evening sees the atmosphere change, as MO Bar, which is open all day, turns into a sophisticated nightspot with cocktails and dining. To add to the vibe, DJs spin seven nights a week, each with a distinguished music direction.
Incidentally, The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong is the first hotel to debut its own music album. Titled Friends of MO Bar, the compilation features world-renowned musicians who have performed and stayed at the hotel, such as Alicia Keys; Harry Connick, Jr.; John Legend; Wyclef Jean; and many more.
MO Bar has set out its own list of house rules. All drinks made with premium spirits and syrups, macerated fruits and infusions are concocted in house. All fruit juices are squeezed fresh daily, and no flavored vodkas are used unless they have been distilled with real fruit.
The standard pour is a very generous 50 milliliters: a double shot. And patrons are encouraged to ask the bartenders for any non-listed classic cocktails.
What makes MO Bar – which also serves food – even more popular is the collaborations with some of the world’s most prestigious brands, whereby the creative minds from the kitchens of MO Bar create delicious dishes inspired by fashion collections and luxury beauty brands like Stella McCartney, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Guerlain, Jo Malone, Sodashi and Ladurée.
While collaborations such as these could easily end up being a simple co-branding exercise, MO Bar’s chefs reinterpret the inspiration from different aspects of the collection and instill them into both sweet and savory dishes. This can be through shape, color, print, texture, ingredients or even smell, if the product is a fragrance.
An example of one of these collaborations is the Stella McCartney celebration. As Stella McCartney is a lifelong vegetarian, MO Bar’s chefs stayed true to her beliefs by creating a delicious vegetarian menu, using organic ingredients while at the same time taking inspiration from her British roots and her collections.