Trick or treat, mamas?
We’re almost nearing the end of the year. If you’ve got here relatively safe (or sane) and sound, happy and healthy, it’s time to celebrate! Grab your besties (or maybe even your other half) and head out for a drink. Many restaurants and bars are offering new and improved happy hours, while others are luring you in with Halloween specials. No matter what your poison, you’re bound to find the perfect place for a tipple or two!
Are you a fan of the ultimate family of horrors, the Addams family? Head to aqua in Tsim Sha Tsui on Thursday, 31 October from 9pm onwards and expect appearances by Gomez and Morticia Addams, their children, butler, Uncle Fester and even the disembodied hand! There’s a dance performance by the Addams Family at 10:30pm and at midnight, and the family will be pouring out complimentary glasses of Veuve Cliquot Champagne every hour as the theme music of the show gets played. What’s more, there will be makeup artists present to help you get your own Halloween look right, so come dressed to scare! Overlooking the best views in town, with the whole range of aqua cocktails on offer, Veuve Clicquot champagne and canapés available throughout the evening, this party promises to have you zombified and dancing into the dead of night. Early bird tickets are available now on Eventbrite.
aqua, 29/F and 30/F, 1 Peking Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 3427 2288, www.aqua.com.hk
Want to explore punk-rock themed eatery TMK (recently opened in Sheung Wan), but always have your kids tagging along? Save this boisterously fun visit for a Mama’s Night Out! This temakeria specialises in freshly prepared hand rolls (you cannot go wrong with the Kalifornia, Hamachi Tomato and the Wagyu Beef) and delicious sharing plates. The restaurant plays music that’s bound to take you back to your college days – you’ll be singing along while enjoying your sake, Japanese-inspired cocktails like the Sekuhara (sake, plum, cucumber syrup) and Katana (tequila, lime, wasabi syrup), or a cold beer. As part of its first year Halloween celebration, TMK invites you to go all go out and dress in your most frightening best. The winner of the most unique costume contest will get a complimentary drink.
For the week starting Monday, 28 October, Sugar (Bar.Deck.Lounge) will be offering a range of spooked (and spiked) drinks including the Freddy’s Martini, Sugar Elm Street, Déjà Vu and Brain Haemorrhage. Snack on appropriately-themed snacks like the Pumpkin Pizza that comes in sharing portions, while enjoying your drink with friends on the alfresco terrace on the 32nd floor.
Get adventurous at Madame Ching this Halloween. This modern Chinese restaurant (named after a pirate!) offers surprising twists to its dishes and cocktails. For this spooky festival, the bar team at Madame Ching has created a cocktail called The Eye of Ching ($110) that will be available all day on Thursday, 31 October. It consists of a Dewars whisky and vermouth base, with Cointreau and watermelon juice. If you’re not so keen on sipping on the shocking cocktail with an edible eyeball garnish, choose from the regular happy hour menu instead. Happy hour, as always, is from 3pm to 7pm.
October Drink Deals
La Rambla is getting ready for the cooler season ahead by reopening its outdoor terrace and introducing new cocktails and happy hours. Try La Centrale, a tart and floral tequila-based cocktail with ginger beer, or the fruity Sherry Cobbler with citrus, honey, floral cassis and fresh, seasonal berry flavours. You can also build your own gin cocktail from the special G&T cart. All cocktails are priced at $120 each. During happy hour, from 3pm till 8pm on the terrace, guests can enjoy reduced prices on wines (by the glass), beers on tap or by the bottle, jugs of sangria and the Tanqueray classic gin cocktail. Order a jug of sangria during happy hour and you will receive a complimentary sharing platter of Iberico ham and olives. Happy days!
The new all-day dining menu at Mercedes me in Central makes it the ideal stopover for a bite on the way home from work or perhaps later, after the kids have gone to bed. Even better, if you have dinner here from Mondays to Wednesdays, the first round of drinks is on the house! Ideal for a leisurely dinner + drinks catch-up session with old friends.
BEDU’s calling all “thirsty camels” this month to have their fill at its oasis. The restaurant is offering a range of cocktails from the Baluma (with rum, grapefruit, pineapple and soda) to the Sand Flower (Blue gin, elderflower, rose, prosecco, lemon and soda) – all for $65 each during happy hour. Available every day from 6pm to 8pm. Bottoms up!
Are you more of a wine person? You’ll have plenty to choose from at the newly-launched ThinkWine. Stocking close to 600 different wines, the extensive “Chateau to Table” wine menu at ThinkWine showcases wines from the Burgundy and Languedoc-Roussillon regions of France, along with those from Australia, Italy, Spain and Germany and less-represented countries such as Lebanon and Morocco. Wine by the glass starts at $60, or from $280 for a bottle. Don’t forget to try the cheese selection while sipping on your wine! ThinkWine stays open till 2am (with the last order at 1am), so you can really make a night of it out with your gang of girls!