Arriving at Parkview Square, you would be forgiven for thinking that Batman might make an appearance at any moment – such is the area’s resemblance to fictional Gotham. Entering Atlas, the comic strip likeness continues, as a sprawling room with triple-height ceilings draws focus to its expansive and iconic gin library, housed in an 8m tall tower. A legacy project of Hong Kong property magnate CS Hwang, the building was designed to mimic a grand hotel with a Great Gatsby-esque feel, embellished with leather furnishings and gilded touches to deliver a truly opulent aura.
Since Atlas opened, it has made waves with its specialist gin collection, with more than 1,300 labels on offer. In addition, the champagne menu is extensive and head bartender Lidiyanah "Yana" K creates cocktails in keeping with the grand location. The current list, Simple Pleasures, takes inspiration from the 1920s to deliver timeless creations around four cocktailian pillars: Martinis, Sours, Champagne cocktails and Old Fashioneds. Riffs on the classics include stellar creations such as the Orange Blossom Martini, featuring Atlas’s very own orange gin, vermouth, chocolate bitters and mint. The food menu hits the right notes, with an excellent selection of Mediterranean plates including a mean steak frites. Its afternoon tea, with a wide range of infusions to choose from, also delivers big, boasting stellar scones and excellent savoury snacks of lobster choux buns and mozzarella, tomato and basil arancini.