HONG KONG, CHINA / ACCESSWIRE / June 4, 2021 / Fresh from his entry into the Best Bars in Asia list, Darren Yaw Foo Hoe, founder of 55 Lockhart in Wan Chai, launches a new cocktail subscription service to Hong Kong customers.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has definitely made us more creative in coming up with ideas on how to survive in this business. I'm lucky to have a supportive team behind me and we are excited for this new service," said the young up-and-coming bartender Darren Yaw Foo Hoe.
The new subscription service is called Lockhart & Key. The package offers a true cocktail-in-a-box. Each month's delivery focuses on two different cocktails especially created by Darren Yaw Foo Hoe and 55 Lockhart's team, and comes with recipes and enough ingredients to make two of each for a total of four cocktails.
Darren Yaw Foo Hoe is a Malaysian transplant who de-camped to Hong Kong seven years ago and learned the cocktail craft working in some of Hong Kong's top establishments such as The Diplomat and Caprice before deciding to branch out on his own. "55 Lockhart actually started out with my love of coffee. I wanted to do third-wave coffee, but at the same time I love cocktails, so I thought why not combine both?" Darren Yaw Foo Hoe explained.
55 Lockhart's coffee by day and cocktails by night is a winning combination, judging by its popularity. In a short two years since its start-up, the bar and its bartender have drawn a lot of rave reviews and respect among its peers, culminating in the inclusion on the Best Bars in Asia list. "I was blown away and I saw it as a mark of respect for what we're doing here. I didn't have any expectations at all when we started. But the support we've received shows us we're legit," said Darren Yaw Foo Hoe.
The staff at 55 Lockhart treats ingredients with the utmost respect, whether its coffee beans or small-batch spirits, attracting a young crowd of cocktail lovers and caffeine fiends. "My partners and staff are multi-cultural and come from the UK, Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia. As Darren Yaw Foo Hoe, the bartender of 55 Lockhart, I've developed a reputation of someone with eclectic, diverse tastes and this is largely due to my team," he said.
Darren Yaw Foo Hoe's Lockhart & Key subscription boxes also offer customers the chance to buy barware together with the cocktails for newcomers to cocktail making. He also has plans to work in collaboration with other sought-after bartenders for exclusive, limited edition subscription boxes. "I like to work with the local community here who have a similar vision and identity to me, rather than doing things on my own. I can learn from them, we learn from each other," Darren Yaw Foo Hoe explained.
Asia, especially in cities like Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, is pioneering the next frontier of innovation in alcohol and spirit-slinging creativity, drawing on local ingredients and traditions combining these with Western-style blends and methods. Emerging scenes in cities like Kuala Lumpur and Ho Chi Minh City are taking note and competing for notice on the global stage. Young upstarts like Darren Yaw Foo Hoe are eager to prove their mettle.
"Asian bars are creating some of the most exciting cocktails in the world. The community is close knit, we have a friendly competitive spirit that drives me to do better. I'm excited about what's next for Asian spirits and bars," said Darren Yaw Foo Hoe.
Darren Yaw Foo Hoe plans to establish a Malaysia office in the last quarter of 2021. The latest news will be updated on Darren Yaw's website.
Darren Yaw Foo Hoe's 55 Lockhart is a bar and spirits curation and delivery service based in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
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