Because us mamas need a night out!
Back from the holidays and can’t wait to park the kids at home and head out with friends? We know exactly where you should be hanging out this month. Your favourite bars and restaurants are offering up a wide range of unique cocktails and classic old favourites, along with excellent dining deals, if you want to have a long, undisturbed and much-needed catch-up session.
Get transported to the South of France with La Petite Maison’s summer fare. There’s a new collection of Gin & Tonic drinks created especially for this hot season, with premium Mediterranean tonics as well as Asian elements like yuzu and shisho. Feel très chic sipping on a Cote D’Azur Cooler, a Riviera Reviver or a Saint Tropez Citron, while enjoying the fresh dishes served “à la minute” that are made for sharing. Santé!
If you’re a fan of mind-numbingly hot and spicy Chinese cuisine, you’ve probably sampled Sichuan Lab’s delicious offerings. It has now added more items to its à la carte menu that can be tempered down with beautiful rainbow cocktails and mocktails. The mocktails include Dragon ($58) that has cranberry, lemon and dragon fruit, and the cool Oolong Nojito ($58) with mint and premium oolong tea. Cocktails include the whisky-based Dark Roasted Apple ($118) and the vodka and blue curacao based Jade Melon ($118) with melon liqueur and orange juice.
Fancy enjoying the summer breeze at one of the city’s coolest rooftop bars? ABOVE by Kömune is offering unique Sunset Hour cocktails that are creative with both their ingredients and locally-inspired names. Wednesdays to Fridays, 5pm to 8pm, you get a complimentary snack when you order tipples like Rock Island, inspired by the landscapes of Shek O and made with Alipus mezcal, Cimarron tequila, grilled pineapple syrup, Bob’s bitter chocolate and a splash of lime and Hong Kong seawater (yes, you read that right! Drink that in!), and the Longevity Tree Sap, with Bulleit bourbon, homemade pine needle black tea syrup and dandelion bitters, that’s a tribute to the Chinese symbol of immortality – the white pine tree. If you want something with more of a kick, try the Crazy Bell Pepper, which is tequila with Sichuan pepper, tempered with fig honey, yellow chartreuse and lemon juice.
ABOVE by Kömune, 64 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong, 3460 8157, WhatsApp: 6111 7345, www.komune.com
Drink responsibly! Well, John Anthony ensures you do that with its zero-waste bar concept. Offering cocktails priced from $90 to $130 each, the restaurant’s new drinks menu features locally grown ingredients, sourced from an independent forager and six different farms in Hong Kong. The Discovery cocktail uses chocolate malt from a local beer supplier and bee pollen sourced from an apiary in Sha Tin. One of the new signature cocktails, Into The Wilderness, is made with a gin infused with lemon verbena grown in Fanling. It features “waste falernum” made in-house using leftover ingredients (spent passion fruit and lime husk, cloves, long pepper and organic almond distillate). You might also want to try the signature G&Ts that are pre-batched on a monthly basis and form part of the bar decor at the restaurant.
Earn yourself a drink at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar after hiking up to The Peak with your squad. Choose from new originals like the Lady Regent (gin, Rinquinquin Peach Aperitif, elderflower cordial, lemon juice and fresh mint) and Blushing Lady (vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, almond syrup, strawberry cordial and pineapple) or old favourites like the Bread Street Kitchen Espresso Martini. The restaurant is also offering delicious seasonal desserts like Pineapple Carpaccio and Strawberry Eton Mess so you can replenish the calories you burnt on the way up!
Love your drink but want to have something to sink your teeth into as well? Three Blind Mice has a great dining deal on for meat-lovers. Opt for Steak Night Tuesdays or Wellington Wednesdays and add on the two-hour free-flow that includes beer, wine and spirits. Steak Night with steak and fries comes in at $200 per head, with free-flow at an additional $198, and Wellington Wednesdays (minimum of two guests) is at $250 per head for beef wellington, with free-flow at an additional $218 per person.
Keep the party going with your gang of girls by tucking into hEat’s extensive beef and seafood grill platter. Its mixologists have also put together the perfect accompaniment to the food in the form of six seasonal cocktails with a Keys & Bricks vodka base (its light and refreshing mango aftertaste is ideal for Hong Kong’s hot and humid summer). The new drinks include the refreshing lychee and jasmine flavoured Summer Love and the yuzu and orange Fruity Delight.
hEat, 23/F QRE Plaza Building, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.heat-hk.com