While speakeasies pop up relentlessly in many urban areas, Hope and Sesame distinguishes its cocktails by using high quality spirits for their inventive cocktails, including infusions using a sous vide machine.
True to some speakeasies’ attempt at being mysterious and exclusive, getting to it requires walking through an alley in Dongshankou, recognising the hidden door, and passing a brief “interrogation” on the intercom before entering. The establishment is actually “hidden” behind a traditional Cantonese Café. There is a separate room with live jazz every night, the menu changes every 4 months, and each drink has been specially created. A few of the most famous signature cocktails include the Earl Grey Dark & Stormy and Angostura and Chamomile Sour (using a black chamomile from the Tibet/Xingjian region).
Beyond just making drinks, the establishment has a cocktail lab, the “Spirits Kitchen,” that conducts video master classes and a tasting of premium spirits in a test kitchen setting. Here’s where customers go beyond sipping and get a chance to educate themselves on various cutting-edge techniques used at Hope & Sesame to create their signature cocktails.
48 Miaoqian Xijie, Yuexiu district, Guangzhou, +86 188 1935 3462