For the past eight weeks, bar manager Justin Pallack has been spending evenings hanging out with guests, talking about the cocktails they’ve ordered or just shooting the breeze. Sounds like a typical pre-Covid-19 work day for him, except that the 39-year-old general manager at 28 HongKong Street (28HKS) has been doing this over Zoom as part of the acclaimed speakeasy’s virtual house party packages. As bars islandwide started selling bottled cocktails for delivery during the circuit breaker, 28HKS did just that, but also took it a step further to re-create the bar atmosphere in the homes of their guests by adding a few extra touches.

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