24 Jan 2024 By May Ng

Club Bâtard – An Exclusive Private Members’ Wine Club To Open in Hong Kong’s Iconic Pedder Building

Built around a 3-storey glass-fronted cellar offering an unparalleled collection of wines without restaurant markups, Club Bâtard will feature three restaurants including two of Hong Kong’s hottest tables – Hop Sze and Bâtard.

Hong Kong’s most highly-anticipated new private members’ club opens its doors in the historical Pedder Building this summer.

Club Bâtard will occupy an impressive 18,000 square feet across three high-ceilinged storeys of the iconic heritage building, in its perfect Central location.

The heart and soul of the exclusive wine club will be Hong Kong’s largest walk-in wine cellar, offering more than five thousand references, all available to drink at the club’s bars and restaurants at retail prices without any restaurant markups.

The club is conceived by Michael Wu, founder of The Fine Wine Experience, Hong Kong’s leading wine merchant, and seasoned restaurateur Randy See, managing partner of Bâtard and Piccolo Concepts, a subsidiary of Singapore’s Les Amis Group.

Global award-winning luxury hospitality designer Joyce Wang is leading the conversion. The Joyce Wang Studio’s design will refresh and revitalise the Beaux-Arts style Pedder Building, a landmark colonial era site, which first opened its doors 100 years ago, in 1924.

Club Bâtard takes its name from restaurant Bâtard, the highly popular venue for French dining currently located within The Fine Wine Experience in Sai Ying Pun, which will relocate to Club Bâtard as one of the three restaurants open exclusively for members and their guests. The equally hard to book Hop Sze restaurant, famed for its traditional home-style Hong Kong specialties, will also relocate to Club Bâtard from Sai Wan Ho.

The third, Le Clos, will offer members all-day options, from breakfast and coffee meetings, lunches through to late night suppers, and evening drinks that feature cocktails crafted by Raphael Holzer. All three dining options are anchored by the 3-storey glass-fronted wine cellar, the centrepiece of Club Batârd.

Club Batârd will also feature OBE, a whisky-focused bar that will present some of the world’s finest and rarest selections curated by former head of Whisky Asia at Bonhams, Diego Lanza. OBE stands for “Old Bottle Effect”, which is the bottle aging that occurs naturally over time in a whisky bottle. An experience we look bring to our members.

The club will limit recruitment to just 1,200 members, offering a high level of access within the three spacious floors. At the time of this public launch, hundreds of these memberships have already been taken up by loyal supporters of Bâtard restaurant, The Fine Wine Experience and Hop Sze.

“We are focused on bringing exceptional value to our members”, said Michael Wu. “Wines will be enjoyed at Club Bâtard at retail prices. That’s a saving on typical wine list prices of around 60-70%. Those savings very quickly add up.”

“Club Bâtard will go far beyond great value and choice, however. Director Linden Wilkie will bring an immersive experience to members through an active programme of wine tastings and events, connecting them to the world of vineyards and winemakers”, he added.

Club Bâtard is currently offering a limited release of memberships at a special pre-opening joining fee rate of HK$100,000. The membership joining fee will thereafter be HK$150,000.

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