Revival of an ancient wisdom
The Wise King mixes exquisite food with decadent cocktails for a completely indulgent experience.
An age of indulgence in food and drinking, the 13th century was a time of reverence towards “Wise” King Alfonso X of Castile. During his reign, he suffered an illness which left him only able to partake in small, bite-sized portions of food and wine. It was recorded that after recovering, the Wise King issued a decree that no alcoholic beverage should be served unless it was paired with food. Thus, the practice of tapas food and a decadent drinking culture was born.
Known as the golden age of culinary and mixological exploration, the 13th century is the inspiration behind the The Wise King – a new bar taking Hong Kong by storm. Seeking to embody opulence fit for a king, it is an establishment that celebrates the exploration of sight, taste and sound through mixology and cuisine. the captivating story of its heritage. Intended for socializers, global explorers and drinkers who crave a getaway from the bustling streets of Hong Kong, the bar is a welcoming space led by a team of industry experts.
A trend of late, many talented bartenders have taken on the additional title of entrepreneur and headed on a solo journey towards setting up their own business. A result of their passion and love for the mixological art, Joe Villanueva and Sandeep Kumar followed the wave and founded The Wise King. Industry veterans with years of experience at some of the world’s best bars, Joe and Sandeep have worked tirelessly to launch a bar unlike any other.
The interior at The Wise King is sophisticated and intriguing, telling the captivating story of its heritage. The ambiance is warm and indulgent, yet exudes a laid-back cozy atmosphere that gives a nod to old-world dressy lounges without neglecting the feel of affordable luxury conveyance. The down-lit lighting style cocoons the space, making it intimate and balanced with an emphasis on the small tables that cultivate flowing conversations and cater perfectly to group gatherings.
Guests embark on an alluring cocktail journey that draws from the bar’s heritage to modern drinking customs with unique ingredients explored through contemporary styles and techniques. Exotic and extraordinary ingredients are selectively sourced to concoct cocktails that are deep in flavor and rich in stories.
The menu includes classic mixes like Turrón Sour, inspired by the nougat confection with toasted almond. El Sabio carries fruity hints with a spiced peach and pineapple wine reduction and Cava. Monti-Tipple features Xeco Amontillado sherry, Gin Mare, Café Vermouth and aromatic choco bitters.
For barrel aged libations, Pacharán Manhattan with Woodford Rye whiskey, Blackthorn liqueur and Abbott’s bitters, and Joya with Jodhpur gin, Pomace herbal brandy liqueur, Mancino Rosso and orange bitters are both excellent choices. The bar also offers a selection of non-alcoholic mixes such as the Quencher and the Pickled Beets, plus a fine selection of wine, sparkling wine, champagne and Spanish beer.
The substantial food choices at The Wise King are artfully curated for sharing. In line with this concept, the bar serves a smattering of tapas suitable for the environment. Scarpetta, Patatas Bravas, Pollo Kebeb, varied Spanish charcuterie and cheese selections are available for guests to nibble on while enjoying a cocktail or two.