Grab the girls and check out this month’s new openings as well as some tried and tested favourites!
How is it April already? Last I checked it was the CNY holidays and somehow it’s nearly Easter! With another round of public holidays coming up you have the perfect excuse (not that you need one) to schedule that long overdue ladies night.
Our go-to coffee shop by day makes the switch to cocktail bar for the evening. As you’d expect there are espresso martinis (it is a coffee shop after all!) but you’ll also find wines and Gweilo beers. For the best deal around head over for their Prosecco Fridays. Call your mum squad and enjoy an afternoon of $50 bubbles. A great way to kick off the weekend!
Winstons Kennedy Town, Shop 8, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong
Winstons Sai Ying Pun, Shop 4, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, 2559 5078, [email protected], www.winstonscoffee.com
For a bit of rock and roll action check out Buenos Aires Polo Club. On Thursday nights the restaurant transforms to the Buenos Aires Rock Club with speciality “Rocktails”. We like the sound of the Sex on Fire (vodka, Pama liquor, orange and chilli tincture)! Can’t decide what to order? Try them all, as they offer two-hours of free-flow Rocktails for $388 or you can opt for Champagne ($588) or Sparkling Miolo “Cuvée Tradition” Brut ($288).
If you’re feeling fancy and want to try somewhere new, venture across the harbour to DarkSide. Located at the newly opened Rosewood Hotel you can kick back on the terrace and take in the fabulous view of Victoria Harbour with a speciality cocktail or glass of vino. Then, move inside to the sophisticated lounge area for their nightly jazz. Worth the splurge!
Do you love watching the world go by? The outdoor setting of The Armoury in Tai Kwun might just be the place for you. With happy hour every day (can’t argue with that!) from 3pm to 8pm featuring a selection of cocktails, wine and beer for $50, there’s sure to be something for all the Mamas in your group. You’ll almost feel like you’re in a far off European piazza as you sip your Aperol Spritz overlooking the courtyard on a balmy Hong Kong evening.
A firm favourite amongst the Mama crowd, head to Oolaa for deals any day of the week. Monday to Friday their Happy Hour runs from 3pm to 8pm with complimentary bar food and as an added bonus, on Friday from 5:30pm your first glass of Prosecco is free! Prosecco and wines start at $40 and cocktails including lychee martinis, cosmopolitans and margaritas are $50. At the weekend from 3pm to 5pm you can settle in with their Open Bar for $180, before happy hour prices kick in again from 5pm to 8pm. There’s a good reason it’s always popular.
Antipasti, Italian bites and two-for-one drinks from 5pm to 7pm on weekdays! What’s not to love? It wouldn’t be an Italian restaurant without Aperol Spritz on the menu, the perfect drink to sip on as you enjoy the casual atmosphere with a bite to eat. If that’s not your style they also offer up Peroni beers and a selection of Italian wines as part of the happy hour offerings. An all-round crowd pleaser.
There’s no happy hour deal, but the innovative, new “Elixirs of Spring” cocktails at Hutong’s Moon Gate Bar are definitely worth checking out (and there’s a killer view thrown in for good measure)! Expect a combination of unique herbal ingredients, paired with flavours like lychee, vanilla and grapefruit. We all like our cocktails with medicinal value, right? Try out the Shui Revive ($158) which is served in a traditional Chinese tea bowl and is said to promote clarity and purification of the body and mind. Citrus lovers should go straight for the Yellow Dragon ($158), a sweet and sour mix of chen-pi (tangerine peel) infused with Tanqueray Gin, then mixed with limoncello, yuzu, fresh lemon juice, honey and a dash of osmanthus flower Chinese wine.
Hutong, 28/F One Peking, 1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 3428 8342, www.hutong.com.hk