Please do tell! It’s official. NYC’s iconic PDT bar is opening a spinoff location. According to luxury hotelier Mandarin Oriental, a second PDT will open inside the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong in early 2018.
To be exact, the Asian outpost will be housed within the Mandarin’s standard MO Bar. Keeping with the speakeasy vibe of the Gotham PDT, guests will have to enter through a secret entrance. The clandestine feel is not the only holdover from the original location. Jeff Bell and Jim Meehan will be helming the drinks program. Signature drinks like the Benton’s Old Fashioned, Shark, and Mezcal Mule all will be on the menu. Designer Nelson Chow’s interior “will feature iconic details from its New York counterpart, such as the signature eclectic mix of taxidermy on the bar’s walls.”
The NYC drink favorites will also be complimented by new libations from Bell and Meehan. The offerings will also include the requisite craft beers as well as an appropriately impressive list of small allocation wines.
Food will be handled by a high end version of the pop-up plan. A statement from MO explains, “Creative culinary partnerships with the city’s acclaimed chefs will form a list of bar snacks at PDT HK. First up is Richard Ekkebus, chef of the Michelin two star restaurant Amber, also housed in the hotel. His maiden menu offerings high end hotdogs (free-range pork, chicken, and beef) along with other riffs on American comfort food.
The announcement is not a surprise to many. The Mandarin Hong Kong location has been rumored since 2016 when PDT hosted a popup at the same location (and featuring a similar menu). Overall, Hong Kong is hot in the craft cocktail biz these days. Employees Only already opened a location on the island. Diageo, the sponsor behind the PDT pop-up, is actively pushing events in Hong Kong including a Death & Co. a couple months ago.