Also know as MiaoQian Bing She (庙前冰室) Hope & Sesame opened in March 2016 is the first “speakeasy” cocktail bar in Guangzhou. Tucked away behind a traditional Cantonese cafe in the quaint neighbourhood of DongshanKou, the bar is a unique testing ground for cocktail innovation. From liquid clarification and exploration of different ice to sous-vide infusions and distillation, you will discover a wide repertoire of techniques that ultimately, perfect the drink. Behind another secret door within Hope & Sesame is the iconic “The Jazz Room”, a salon with passionate jazz players congregating nightly to perform lively tunes, it is a true sanctuary even for the most discerned jazz enthusiasts.
We are open everyday from 7:00 PM till 2:00 AM – Two sessions of booking available: 7pm until 10pm and 10pm onward – Jazz session are every nights and start at 8:45 PM till midnight and till 1:00 AM on Friday & Saturday
“You won’t find any signs for this bar. If you’re having trouble finding the entrance, no one will come help you. But, if you know to walk into this vacant shop, and you know the secret entrance to the bar, you’ll enter the first legal speak easy in Guangzhou (Canton), China. It would be difficult to find better cocktails in the entire city.
If you’ve never heard of Guangzhou, don’t worry. It’s only the 9th largest city in the world. Formerly (also) known as Canton, the cuisine of this region was the first Chinese food to be introduced to the United States. Even though you may not be familiar with the city, you are certainly familiar with its Cantonese food.”
– Zane Lamprey (from Travel Channel, Food Network, National Geographic Channel, blah, blah, blah) [As per his words =P]