From new bar openings to classic cocktails, here’s where we’re drinking this September.
If there’s one thing we know well at Sassy Mama, it’s that we women love us a good cocktail! And because we enjoy going out so much, we are always looking for fun, new places to check out. This month we’re sipping cocktails at Popinjays, Chinese spirits at Bread & Beast, and martinis at Gough’s On Gough. And with the opening of Dragonfly, we’re popping by Tai Kwun for some special drinks! Here’s our list of what’s new this month…
For sweeping, stunning views unlike any other in Hong Kong, head to the vibrant and sophisticated Popinjays for a night out with the ladies! Located at The Murray Hong Kong, this contemporary bar scene is where it’s at – it’s the place to see and be seen. Serving up hand-crafted drinks and bites with an international flair, the cocktails here are epic and Insta-worthy! There’s the Aviary Collection, which includes the adorably ‘grammable “The Blue Macau”, served in (what else?) a blue Macau mug. Its extensive menu of signature cocktails include “Forgotten Classics” and “Gin and Tonic Experience” – all featuring delicious drinks that are just the thing to sip while you kick back on the comfy seats and gaze at the Peak, surrounding parks and Central Hong Kong from the terrace. Want to keep the party going? Book in at the restaurant, as the dinner here features modern, delicious European cuisine you’ll want to savour all night!
Sassy Mama readers who book enjoy dinner in the restaurant will enjoy a complimentary dessert for every guest at the table from now until 31 October. (Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only).
Popinjays, The Murray Hong Kong, Rooftop, 26/F, 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, Hong Kong, 3141 8888, www.popinjayshk.com; Facebook: www.facebook.com/popinjayshk; Opening hours: 5pm to 12pm Tuesday to Thursday, and 5pm to 1am Friday and Saturday.
Ashley Sutton’s new bar promises to be something extraordinary, and we can’t wait to check out its incredible interior and its mouth-watering cocktails! With drinks starting at $118, its signature Dragonfly ($128) is made with Horseradish infused vodka, Worcestershire sauce with smoked salt, lemon, tomato and one naked oyster. Bottom’s up!
Dragonfly, Shop 10, G-1, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2777 2633, www.diningconcepts.com/restaurants/Dragonfly
Bread & Beast
When the drink prices are this low, every hour is happy hour! Bread & Beast mixes Chinese spirits with some of the oldest alcohols in the world (including Huadiao, Baijiu and glutinous rice wine) to create some fab sounding drinks. We like the sound of Vodka Fa Diu Soda ($98), which is a mix of vodka, pineapple huadiao, rose honey syrup, and soda water; the Baijiu Negroni ($108) a concoction of Baijiu, Campari and Rosso Vermouth; and Mama Mia ($88) which is gin mixed with glutinous rice wine, Chinese triple-distilled rice wine, lime and watermelon. Sounds like a great cocktail lineup to us!
Bread & Beast, 3 Swatow Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 2237 1868, www.breadandbeasthk.com
September means (slightly) cooler weather, right? (Wishful thinking!) Well, it definitely means you can enjoy a rooftop bar, and Sugar has just reopened after a renovation, featuring a brand-new snack menu and cocktails for days. Head there Monday through Friday at happy hour (from 5:30pm to 7:00pm), and enjoy its reasonably priced cocktails (starting at $68 for cocktails and wine; after happy hour starting at $95). Kick back on the sofas or chairs while you sip cold ones and enjoy a sweet view.
Sugar, EAST, 29 Taikoo Shing Road, Taikoo Shing, Hong Kong, 3968 3968,
Even though Gough’s On Gough is known for its delicious modern British cuisine, its happy hour deal is one we think is worth checking out. Daily from 5pm to 8pm, you can enjoy seasonal cocktails and drinks with a chef’s snack starting at just $68. Churchill Martini, anyone?
Gough’s On Gough, 15 Gough Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2473 9066, www.goughsongough.com
Feeling a little fancy, are we? Then check out M Bar at the Mandarin Oriental because it’s just launched a new cocktail menu that celebrates East-meets-West. The 15 new cocktails range between a cool $165 per glass and (gulp!) $1,688 per glass for a Bespoke Champagne Cocktail (it has gold flakes, after all!), but we think just hanging out at the fab M Bar might just be worth it!
M Bar, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Connaught Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2825 4002, www.mandarinoriental.com
If you and the gals are feeling a little competitive, join the “Beat The Clock!” happy hour drinks at Stone Nullah Tavern. At 5pm Mondays through Fridays, all standard drinks start at just $1 (yes, that’s one dollar!) and every 20 minutes the price doubles (ends at 7pm). If you can’t make it until 20 minutes before 7pm, you can enjoy drinks for just $32.
Stone Nullah Tavern, 69 Stone Nullah Lane, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3182 0128, www.facebook.com/StoneNullahTavern
We love that happy hour here is called “social hour”! When you head here Sundays through Thursdays from 4pm to 9pm you can enjoy selected cocktails, red and white wine, Prosecco and beer for just $60. Perhaps it should be called a “happy social” hour!
Blue, Butcher and Meat Specialist, G/F, 108 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong 2613 9286, www.bluebutcher.com
We’re partial to places that serve a little bite to eat with their drinks (how else can we keep on going through the night?) and Fu Rong has a special we can’t ignore. For $238, you can sip two drinks and nibble on one complimentary snack, including avocado toast, sweet potatoes, mixed wild mushroom spring rolls, potato fries, roasted chicken wings, and dried beef slices.
Fu Rong, 2/F, OTE, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 3-27 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong, 2388 2008 www.facebook.com/furonghk
Have you been to Tai Kwun yet? If not, Old Bailey has a cocktail menu that might inspire a trip! Its mouth-watering menu of Chinese-inspo cocktails has us wanting to try the A Little Chinese Rose, made with white peony, Campari, Absolut vodka, Prosecco, drunken lychee and rose ($80) or the Golden Triangle Of Yangtze, made with Bergamot black tea, Beefeater London Dry gin, single origin cold brew coffee, tonic water and grapefruit zest ($80), but if beer and wine is more your thing, you can grab a Tsingtao for $40, a Gweilo Pale Ale on draught from $65 and a Young Master Contemporary Pilsner for $75.
Old Bailey, 2/F, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong, 2877 8711, www.oldbailey.hk
More nibbles with drinks! Every day from 6pm to 8pm at Fumi for just $88, you can snack on three pieces of yummy Yakitori with each beer, wine or sake you order.
FUMI, 6/F, California Tower, 30-36 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong, 2328 3302, www.fumihk.com