- Bannie Kang, Mancino Bartenders’ Bartender Award 2021, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2021
Look for the green lantern and follow the hum of conviviality as you pass through a hidden latticed tunnel to emerge into this modern bar in Taipei’s Da’an district. It’s been making serious waves since its early 2020 launch, and at the helm is Bannie Kang (Mancino Bartender’s Bartender 2021). The modern bar – all dark-space juxtaposed with floral art accenting – sits at the intersection of speakeasy and refined neighbourhood cocktail bar, with a menu inspired by the seasons and Bannie’s own travels. Regionally grounded recipes and cutting-edge technique lead the way across the exciting list. ‘Rice Me Up’ is emblematic and sees banana rum, makgeolli (a pick up from Kang's South Korean roots), fermented mint, pineapple, lime and shiso combine to dazzling effect. Sharing the space is a semi-fine-dining restaurant by husband Tryson Quek; and the two often collide for clever cocktail pairings.
No. 54, Lane 190, Section 1, Dunhua South Road, Da’an District, Taipei, 106