Tucked away on the fourth floor of an anonymous Wan Chai commercial building, this Japanese-style bar is headed by ‘bartender-in-chief’ Masahiko Endo. Impeccably attired in a white dinner jacket and bow tie, Endo has been winning bartending competitions since 2008. The Fukuoka native heads a pleasant space with the look of a modern members’ club – all dark wood, sharp lines and sombre upholstery. There are more than 600 whiskies on offer, including an impressive range of Japanese distilleries and lesser-seen bottles out of India and Taiwan.
The drinks are universally excellent at Mizunara. The atmosphere is a little restrained, but that’s a deliberate choice rather than an unfortunate accident. Though the signature cocktails are on the expensive side, you’re unlikely to find similar drinks elsewhere in town, and the quality is apparent on first taste.