Inspired by the farm-to-bar movement taking the culinary world by storm, PENICILLIN is Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar that champions a closed-loop model of production. With a focus on either locally sourced or up-cycled food and drink ingredients, PENICILLIN’s bar menu finds innovation in the true flavours of Hong Kong while constantly looking for ways to minimize carbon footprint.
Drink A Cocktail, Plant a Tree!
True to its mission for sustainability, PENICILLIN has launched a highly special cocktail entitled One Penicillin, One Tree (HK$110), described as a “climate-positive cocktail that would make Sir David Attenborough proud”. With every cocktail sold, one native Mallotus Muticus tree is planted in the endangered Kalimantan rainforest in Borneo, Indonesia. The fast-growing upper canopy tree can reach up to 42 meters in height and can live for more than 200 years. Over its lifespan in the rainforest, one Mallotus Muticus will eliminate an astounding 4,400 kg of CO2, equivalent to 8,000 single-use glass spirit bottles.
PENICILLIN’s reforestation work through the One Penicillin, One Tree cocktail initiative is launched in partnership with ecoSPIRITS and Green Steps Group, which provides verified proof of planting technology to ensure reforestation is sustainable and long-lasting. ecoSPIRITS (eS) is the world’s first closed-loop spirits technology that strives to eliminate single-use glass bottles and dramatically reduce carbon impact. Guests will be pleased to know that each PENICILLIN cocktail accompanied by the “eS” logo saves an average of 150g in CO2 emissions.
“Other than sipping on zero-waste cocktails, we wanted to go even further to help our guests feel directly connected to climate-positive changes. Our awesome partnership with ecoSPIRITS (and Green Steps Group) makes it possible for us to effect immediate environmental change with the purchase of a single cocktail.” - Agung Prabowo & Roman Ghale, co-founders of PENICILLIN Bar.
PENICILLIN strives to be the first “scrap-less” bar in Hong Kong
The ultimate mission of PENICILLIN is to become Hong Kong’s first “scrap-less” bar – in other words, a bar that produces minimal waste by the end of the night. Prabowo, Ghale, and their dedicated team pour endless creativity into the ways common waste or kitchen by-products can be recycled and upcycled, while simultaneously self-brewing, fermenting, growing, and re-using ingredients to be used in cocktails. Ingredients including botanicals are all sourced locally within Hong Kong, with PENICILLIN going a step further to minimize transport distance in order to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Achievements of PENICILLIN founders and consultants, Agung Prabowo & Roman Ghale
Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale are the legendary forces behind The Old Man Hong Kong, which last year took the coveted #1 rank on Asia’s Best Bars 2019 by Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019 and currently holds the no.2 ranking on Asia’s Best Bars 2020. Following hot on the heels of their second successful The Old Man outpost in Singapore, Prabowo and Ghale continue to blaze trails in the industry with the launch of PENICILLIN, a creative and ecologically conscious innovation for the future of imbibing.
The full list of The Old Man awards and accolades are below:
#2, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020
#1, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2019
#9, World’s 50 Best Bars 2019
Bar of the Year – Hong Kong, Drink Magazine Bar Awards 2019
#5, Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2018
#10, World’s 50 Best Bars 2018
Best Cocktails, T.Dining Awards 2017
Inspired by the farm-to-table movement taking the culinary world by storm, PENICILLIN is Hong Kong’s first sustainable bar that champions a closed-loop model of production. Named after the breakthrough group of antibiotics that heralded an age of medical revolution, PENICILLIN bar similarly brings a revolutionary take on sustainability in today’s waste-heavy world of cocktail creation. The bar’s prized feature, THE PENICILLIN LAB illustrates the behind-the-scenes processes of discovery and experimentation on its path towards minimal-waste.
PENICILLIN bar is founded by bar veterans Agung Prabowo and Roman Ghale (previously The Old Man), Laura Prabowo and Katy Ghale, designed by Betty Ng of COLLECTIVE, bringing the first minimal-waste cocktail list to its historic location on Hollywood Road. With a focus on either locally sourced or up-cycled food and drink ingredients, PENICILLIN’s bar menu finds innovation in the true flavours of Hong Kong – while working constantly to minimize waste and carbon footprint.
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 12pm – 6pm
Contact Number: +852-9880-7995
Address: L/G, Amber Lodge, 23 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong