World-renowned nightclub, Le Baron, has recently opened its fourth location, this time in Shanghai, and they have collaborated with Hong Kong’s yakitori haven, Yardbird, on a beverage menu that debuted earlier this month. Founded by street artist, André Saraiva, Le Baron opened its doors in Paris in 2004 and quickly established itself as the most talked about nightclub in the world. Since then, Le Baron has transformed from a nightclub into a cultural landmark and a social cornerstone of the international fashion and art circuit. In celebration of its expansion into China, Le Baron chose to work with Yardbird to create a unique and diverse list of beverages that includes sake, shochu, wine, Yardbird’s signature cocktails and Sunday’s Grocery coffee shochu.
Inspired by the izakayas of Japan, Yardbird specializes in Yakitori dishes of skewered grilled chicken. In addition to Yakitori, Yardbird also features a curated selection of Japanese Whisky, shochu, sake, beer, wine and cocktails. Unique to other restaurants, Yardbird is not only known for its innovative food and drinks but also for its collaborative projects with cultural influencers from around the world. Yardbird has worked on multiple projects including ones with Art Basel HK and the Perrotin Gallery. They have also collaborated with artists such as Evan Hecox and Cody Hudson, street wear brands such as Stüssy and VANS, and lifestyle leaders such as Baxter of California. Le Baron has similar collaborative tendencies and has worked closely with global cultural events across more than a dozen countries, including Art Basel, Cannes Film Festival, and Fashion Weeks from New York to Paris to Tokyo.
Yardbird’s Beverage Director and General Manager, Elliot Faber and Raphael Holzer, worked with the Le Baron team to create a specialized beverage list that highlights the best of what they offer in Hong Kong. The cocktail section showcases some of Yardbird’s signature intoxicants that utilize fresh ingredients, such as locally grown shiso leaves for the Shino, and artisanal spirits, such as Giancarlo Mancino’s Amaranto Rosso vermouth for the Django. The sake featured celebrates some of Japan’s greatest breweries that are working to bring craft sake to international palates. The wine list features small wineries, including the Castello Romitorio Morellino di Scanasano from Tuscany and the sparkling wine is a grower Champagne with a label made by André Saraiva himself. The menu also features coffee infused shochu created by Sunday’s Grocery – a liquor store, curated convenience store, and takeaway sandwich shop located in Hong Kong and founded by the Yardbird Team.