A first of its kind and new to Asia, Gishiki Lounge opens soon in Hong Kong’s Tai Kwun. The new lounge takes the omakase menu concept and applies it to cocktails. Behind the concept is Bangkok nightclub guru and Futura Hospitality CEO Daryl Scott, who has turned his sights to Hong Kong. We talked to Daryl to learn more about his new Gishiki Lounge.
Gishiki Lounge – meaning ‘ritual’ in Japanese – will be a first of its kind, an otherworldly cocktail lounge representing a mischievous alternative to the elegant sushi restaurant it is situated beside.
Messiah of cocktails, mixologist Billy Lau will lead a team of four, embracing Japanese rituals with a selection of 18 libations set to blow your mind. The menu will feature cocktails made from flavored ice blocks pressed into the shape of Hannya masks, exclusive Gishiki label gold leaf sake and live siphon brewed spirits, served over dry ice. Gishiki Lounge will specialise in an unrivalled selection of international craft spirits, signature sakes and organic wines.
Based on the Japanese myth of the Hannya – powerful scorned women bound to inhuman form – Gishiki Lounge will entice and excite guests with a beautiful female centerpiece ornamenting the bar. A focal design of the bar, a mythical Gishiki sculpture adorns the wall to symbolize breaking free from her Hannya body and transforming into her most powerful female form. Cocktails will take names of Japanese ‘Noh Theatre’ characters, inviting guests to revel in the tales of Japan’s cultural history.
Conceived by Futura Hospitality CEO Daryl Scott, the nightclub guru will tell the story of Japan’s past with an eclectic variety of entertainment. From exotic performances embracing historical nuances of geisha, to contemporary late night DJs, introducing guests to experimental Asian electronica and future funk tunes.