Introduction

Welcome to the press page of the Hope Group.

It all started in 2016, Hope & Sesame, opened in March that year was the first “speakeasy” bar in Guangzhou. Tucked away behind a traditional Cantonese cafe in the quaint neighbourhood of DongshanKou, the bar is a joint venture between seasoned hoteliers Bastien Ciocca & Andrew Ho, delivering hospitable service accompanied with delicious cocktails & nightly live jazz music. 

As the crowned bar of the year & recipient of best cocktail program in China (DMBA 2018 & 2020) Best bar team, Sustainability award as well as Service award (DMBA 2019) and Asia 50 Best Bars 2019 #35 and 2020 #36 and recently #15 in 2021

They received the prestigious Philanthropy award as well as nomination on top 10 Asia Pacific at Spirited Awards by Tales of the Cocktail, Hope & Sesame is a unique testing ground for cocktail and innovation. From the exploration of different less known ingredients to various infusion and distillations techniques as well as micro seasons sourcing, you will discover a wide repertoire of techniques that ultimately, perfects the drink. 

Achievements & Recognitions

2020
Winner of the Philanthropy Award
2020
REGIONAL TOP 10 ASIA & PACIFIC BEST INTERNATIONAL BAR TEAM & BEST INTERNATIONAL HIGH VOLUME COCKTAIL BAR
2019
Top 500 Bars#111
2020
World Top 500 Bars#79
2016
Restaurant & Bar AwardsTop 50 Restaurants & Bar in China
2019
Asia 50 Best Bars 
#35
2020
Asia 50 Best Bars 
#36
2021
Asia 50 Best Bars 
#15
2016
TOP 5 CHINA BEST COCKTAIL PROGRAM
2017
TOP 4 CHINA
BAR OF THE YEAR
BEST COCKTAIL PROGRAM BEST DESIGN
2018
Winner
China Bar of the year Best cocktail program Top 4 China
Best Design
Best Bar Team Sustainability Innovation
2019
Winner
Bar Team
Sustainability
Service Award

Top 4 China
Innovation Entrepreneurship
Music
2020
Winner
Bar of the Year Entrepreneurship Award
REGIONAL AWARD
Top 4 China
Bar of the Year Asia Bar Team of the Year Asia Visionary Award Best Cocktail Program High Volume 

Hope Group | Our Venues

From our first speakeasy cocktail bar and jazz club to coffee roasting, Baijiu cocktails and experimental tasting menus, we love food and beverages and work day after day to create unique and immersive experiences for our guests across South of China.

Hope & Sesame | Guangzhou

Hope & Sesame, opened in March 2016, is the first “speakeasy” bar in Guangzhou. Tucked away behind a traditional Cantonese cafe in the quaint neighbourhood of DongshanKou, the bar is a joint venture between seasoned hoteliers – Bastien Ciocca & Andrew Ho, delivering hospitable service accompanied with delicious cocktails & nightly live jazz music. 

Charlie’s | Guangzhou

Charlie’s is our take on a traditional Italian Caffe. “Artigianale” is the key element, from House-Roasted espresso to handmade fresh pasta & perfect-balanced negronis, lively evening, Charlie’s is everything we love about the Italian Caffe culture. 

Charlie’s Kitchen | Guangzhou

On our second floor, we are exploring China and sourcing for intriguing products. the current menu feature 9 courses around locally sourced beef.

Bar SanYou | Guangzhou

Ever since our early days of running Hope & Sesame to our recent expansion into Charlie’s, we have always been fascinated by the chase and the thrill to source rare, high quality and boutique spirits all around the world, but what have we done in the country we call home – China? 

This is the reason why we have set our sails on this quest to uncover and popularise this ancient white spirit with a modern cocktail culture.

Hope & Sesame | Shenzhen

Opened in 2020, This is our first step outside of Guangzhou. The multi concept venue is very similar in features as Hope & Sesame Guangzhou and yet has a more modern chic feel. The menu evolves in different way with the sister bar in Guangzhou.

The August |Shenzhen

Hidden inside Hope & Sesame Shenzhen, The August is a heaven for fine drinking and unique experiences. We have 7 seats and we focus on a tasting menu consisting of 8 tailored cocktails and rare spirits.

Spirits Architects |Consultancy

Our consultancy division