Jay Khan

Co-founder of COA and Mezcal Mission, who we had the pleasure of hosting an evening behind the bar at A Bar Called Gemma


Jay khan is an esteemed cocktail bar veteran with over 15 years of experience in beverage industry. He co-founded COA, which was named Best Bar in Asia consecutively in 2021 and 2022 and #7 in the World’s 50 Best Bars in 2021.

The bar, which launched in 2017 as a way for Jay Khan to advocate for 100 per cent agave tequila and traditional mezcal—two of the industry’s least understood spirits.

Following the success of his bar in Hong Kong, Khan opened COA shanghai in March 2022.

Mezcal Mission

In 2020, he co-founded Mezcal Mission to give back to society through curated Mezcal/Tequila tasting workshops with all proceeds going to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. A charity that provides much-needed resources and support to vulnerable families in need of housing.

Khan was honoured on the Tatler Asia’s Most Influential 2021 list and Prestige 40 under 40 in 2021 an annual celebration of HK’s most successful, innovative and influential young people.

Khan has been recognized for his contribution to agave education, along with the significant impact he’s made in the bar industry and drinking scene in Asia.