Feeling hot, hot hot!
Summer is made for socialising and the city’s best bars have launched new cocktail menus for you and the girls to try. There are rooftop bars with island vibes (perfect if you want the holiday feels here in the 852), night brunches for those in a need of an evening out and new openings for when you want to change things up!
Head over to the rooftop at Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) for Tropika Wednesdays, perfect for your midweek mama meet-up. Catch the summer breeze and relax on the 32nd floor of EAST hotel in Taikoo Shing. Sugar has crafted four special cocktails to ease you into the island vibe. We’re sure you’ll love the Jungle Breeze, Purple Sunset, Banana Storm and Honeecacha, each infused with edible fragrance! Cocktails, harbour views, good friends and chilled out music, sounds like a great evening to us!
They say a picture speaks a thousand words and Back Bar (down the alleyway behind Ham and Sherry) has decided this is true. There is a story behind each drink on its recently launched 2019 cocktail menu inspired by the world of comics! Created by Back Bar’s in house mixologist and Hong Kong graphic designer Jo Hannah Amancio, it’s sure to be an experience for the eyes as well as the taste buds. We like the sound of the Rye Reviver and the Absinthe Punch. Love a cocktail but getting ready for Dry July? Try the Take It Easy, Captain or Sharpest When Sober from the mocktail menu.
The bar team at Fang Fang has just curated a new cocktail menu built upon six Asian spices. While Sichuan pepper isn’t something you’d necessarily associate with a drink, the team here has expertly mixed it into a refreshing concoction of vodka, lemon juice, basil and lychee. Black cardamom has been used in an aromatic rendition of a pisco sour; and star anise, black garlic, ginger and clove have all been included into new signature cocktails. This menu has caught our eye for its creativity and we’re sure you and the girls will love checking it out!
This new kid on the block is quickly becoming a hot spot in Soho. Shady Acres‘ full wine list features more than 200 bottles (mostly from boutique wineries), but if that sounds like simply too many options, it’s also narrowed down a shortlist of 23 hand-picked favourites. Prefer cocktails to get your night going? The Deniable Plausibility, Retrograde Lemonade and Typhoon 10 are sure to please. The happy hour kicks off from 5pm to 7pm and then comes back for round two from 11pm to 1am.
Shady Acres, G/F, 46 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong, www.theshadyacres.com
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We’ve long been fans of The Pawn in Wan Chai! The beautifully restored Hong Kong tenement building catches our eye every time the tram rolls past. Soak up the atmosphere in its Botanicals Bar (we love sitting on the balcony watching the world go by) with one of its new craft and artisanal cocktails in hand. Combining art and science (and drinking), it’s divided its drinks into three series: Signature, Interactive and Art-ini. The Box of Desire on the Signature list comes (as the name suggests) in a box designed to be whisked away. Drinks on the Interactive menu come deconstructed so you can shake, stir and mix your perfect blend. Last (but definitely not least!) are the stunning Art-inis which look so good it will be hard to bring yourself to drink them!
The Pawn, 62 Johnston Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2866 3444, www.thepawn.com.hk
Feel like letting loose for the weekend? Head on down to Brickhouse for the all-new ¿ONTAS? Night Brunch. The package includes free-flow drinks (Mumm champagne, beers and signature cocktails – don’t mind if we do!) alongside all your favourite Brickhouse dishes (can’t go past the guac and salsa or the tacos!) from 8pm to 10:30pm. At just $650 per person, it’s a great deal to get your Saturday night started. Brickhouse knows that everyone is going to want in on the action and so it has opened reservations for the occasion. Make sure you book a table for your next girls night out.
Brickhouse, 20 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2810 0560, www.brickhouse.com.hk
ThirtySix Bar & Co
You can’t let a classic “two-for-one” happy hour deal slip by you! That’s exactly what’s on offer during ThirtySix Bar & Co’s happy hour (we’re extra happy that it lasts from 5pm to 8pm). Classic cocktails including margaritas, martinis and negronis are all on special along with house wines, Tsingtao beer by the bottle and Asahi half-pints on tap. These are perfectly matched with the new food menu inspired by the izakayas of Japan. There’s a great selection of skewers (we like the look of the healthy charcoal-grilled seasonal fruits) as well as some more substantial options like burgers.
Moreish and Malt
This one is for all our gal pals over on Kowloon side looking for a great drink deal. Moreish and Malt offers drinks from $40 every Friday from 12pm to 6pm and until 8pm the rest of the week. Enjoy your classic favourites (Aperol Spritz, Cosmopolitan, G&T and bubbles) and pair it up with some tasty bar bites.
Moreish and Malt, Shop B G/F, Sun Wing Building, 48 Hung To Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 3580 7133, WhatsApp 9160 8992
Moreish and Malt, 1/F, 83 Wuhu Street, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 9523 3303, www.moreishandmalt.com
Rosé is fast becoming our drink of choice for the summer and Maison Libanaise it taking it one step further by serving up Frosé all summer long. Maison Libanaise’s house Frosé is a refreshing libation made from churned frozen rosé wine, with the addition of fresh raspberry purée. It’s available by the glass for $58 or by the pitcher for $198 (perfect for sharing with your girlfriends). Head to the palm-fringed rooftop and enjoy the balmy summer evenings with a cool pink drink in hand!
We all know Zuma for its fabulous brunch offerings (not to mention being great for a special occasion), but now it is also the perfect place to take your mum squad for a Friday night out on the town. Head there from 7pm for Yashoku Fridays, which is a night brunch ($720 for food and 2-hour free-flow champagne, sake and beer) with a menu that includes seared salmon with lime shiso soy, black tiger prawns and chilli marinated chicken. Just fancy drinks? Unwind listening to the live DJ and sip on the 2-hour free-flow drinks package for $590. Just want to sip on a fancy cocktail? Zuma has four new cocktails that are sure to be crowd pleasers. We like the sound of the Yume (based on the Japanese concept of the first dream of the new year) and the Salted Caramel Old Fashioned, a Japanese twist on a classic favourite.