The entire concept of Draft Land is totally not what one would expect from a cocktail bar. Instead of a fully stacked liquor shelf, which is the usual backdrop you see at bars, Draft Land has an army of taps standing in a straight row. Above them, very symmetrically installed, are the names of the 24 different cocktails to choose from. So when you order, you simply name the number to the tender on shift and within just 10 seconds, you get your drink. Sounds like a cocktail express, don’t you think?
At first, we really weren’t sure how this set up could possibly give us a memorable bar experience or produce enjoyable drinks. After all, doesn’t part of the charm of cocktails lie in witnessing your drink be put together in a very precise and artful manner right in front of you? But having been there and trying a couple of their concoctions showed us that, yes, cocktails on tap can offer an enjoyable experience. The packed bar spoke for itself and everyone there seemed to be having the time of their lives, drinks being pulled at such a fast pace.
And the cocktails themselves? Surprisingly complex and nuanced! We had their basic gin cocktail called Guk Bou, interestingly flavored with chrysanthemum, pu-erh tea and lime—simple and refreshing to the palate but with a very distinct flowery note that sneaks up on you at the end. Totally unexpected and quite the treat.
So if you happen to be on a night out in Hong Kong, drop by 63 Wyndham Street in Central and experience the speed and precision of Draft Land’s cocktails on tap, fine drinks at the drop of a dime.