Escúchame muchachos! There’s a new basement bar on the Hong Kong scene where you can get your taco and tequila fix. Lan Kwai Fong’s Los Sotano is bringing the tastes and style of Mexico to South East China.
Tequila is the drink of choice here. There are over 80 different types of tequila and mezcal, including some rare expressions like Caso Dragones and Clase Azul Ultra Añejo for an easy HKD3,000 a shot.
The jefe behind the drinks is leading LA bartender Robert Kariakin. Kariakin has worked the bar at West Hollywood’s famous ‘The Abbey’ and Mexican club ‘Toca Moderna’. Recently, he’s been firing out the drinks at ‘Toca Moderna’s’ sister venue in Los Angeles.
Kariakin will be serving up a cocktail list with something to tempt everyone’s tastebuds. For those spice fiends out there, the Bad Hombre packs a punch, with Reposado Tequila, pineapple, pimientos (peppers) and beer. If you’re more into your bitters, the La Negra, with Añejo Tequila, Campari, sweet vermouth and orange liquor will not disappoint. Sweet-tooths rejoice, because the Añejo Tequila, Cognac and Benedictine in the Cinco De Mayo will have you feeling ready to fiesta in no time.
Keeping with the Mexicana theme, the interior features traditional Mexican tile work, skulls and even a wall-sized mural of Frida Kahlo, painted by popular Miami graffiti artist ‘Le Creep’. Take a seat in one of their plush royal blue velvet booths and have a chuckle at the neon sign displaying the rather apt words, ‘tequila makes my clothes come off’.
Open 7 days a week until late and featuring a range of deep house and hip-hop music, Los Sotano is bound to be your go-to stop to baile the night away.
Los Sotano Basement, 21 D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong